What attracted you to the health metrics field?
My path to the global health field was far from direct. After exploring career paths in education and actuarial science, I realized that I value a career that has a closer proximity to societal impact while also being quantitatively heavy. I think one main feature that attracted me to the global health field is its value of social justice and how it’s important to keep in mind the underlying causes of disparities in health. I also saw the opportunity to grow at IHME both academically and professionally.
What work are you doing at IHME?
I am responsible for providing estimates for meningitis, encephalitis, and otitis on the HIV, Tuberculosis, and Select Infectious Diseases team. Thus far, my work has included reviewing literature for each of the three causes as well as taking a deep dive in programming to prepare our models for the next Global Burden of Disease round.
How do you think your experience at IHME will contribute to your future work?
While it is still unclear what my path will be after my time at IHME, I am very confident that my experiences here will help direct my future work. Surrounding myself with peers at IHME who are not only brilliant, but also passionate about their work, constantly motivates me. As a Post-Bachelor Fellow, I am continuously learning new skills and being able to apply what I learn in class to work that has a real impact.