What attracted you to the health metrics field?
I have always been impressed by the resiliency and adaptability of the human body, and that has naturally evolved into an interest in human health. Since a young age, I’ve been aware that health inequalities permeate throughout our world, and my college experiences only served to heighten that awareness. As a biomedical engineer, I tackled hands-on, health-related projects both locally and globally, while gaining an appreciation for quantitative and analytical approaches to problem-solving. Health inequalities are massive and take away from what I believe to be the most basic human right: our health. Health metrics play a pivotal role in improving health outcomes. I realized that I can leverage my technical background to tackle the complicated and nuanced issues surrounding health metrics, while doing work that is meaningful to the people I share this world with.
What work are you doing at IHME?
I’m working on the maternal and child health team, where we measure the global burden of disease as it relates to maternal and neonatal issues. Specifically, I am responsible for handling data and generating models for three causes: meningitis, encephalitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STI) excluding HIV. Thus far, my work has included working with collaborators across the world as well as taking a deep dive in programming to prepare our models for their next run. In modeling both the mortality and morbidity surrounding these causes, we hope help create better health outcomes in the future.
How do you think your experience at IHME will contribute to your future work?
While I am unsure of where I’ll be after my time at IHME, I am confident that my experiences at IHME will play a large role in shaping my future direction. At IHME, I have been exposed to incredible people: peers, professors, and mentors who have shown passion and commitment to their work in public health. For me, the interactions I share with the people around me are the most important part of any experience, and at IHME, I am constantly spoiled in that regard. In my role, I am continuously learning and gaining new skills. IHME has introduced me to a fast-paced, dynamic work environment that expects a lot out of me, and I think the skills I develop here will benefit me in whatever work the future holds.
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