What attracted you to the health metrics field?
I became interested in the field of health metrics when my personal experiences highlighted the lack of information in diagnosing and understanding mental illnesses – particularly in minority communities. After becoming more conscious of this worldview, I began to notice how health outreach services were largely nonexistent for these less mainstream, controversial, and stigmatized illnesses. Without this vital information, illnesses are unaddressed and all too many live without achieving their full health and happiness potentials. This sparked my interest in understanding and analyzing health data metrics.
What work are you doing at IHME?
This year I am working on the Global Burden of Disease team – disease estimation for skin and digestive disorders for GBD 2016.
How do you think your experience at IHME will contribute to your future work?
While I am unsure of where I will be in the future, I am currently interested in understanding and maximizing efficiency in health delivery systems and public health programs. I am also trying to find a personal balance between behind-the-scenes research, and being a practitioner working with individuals and communities. Nonetheless, I am confident that my experience at IHME will provide me with a strong technical foundation that will be invaluable in my future.