What attracted you to the health metrics field?
Anything ambitious and novel has always grabbed my attention, and the work at IHME is exactly that. Though I was pre-med throughout undergrad, I felt as if the curriculum didn’t fully represent the possibilities within the health sector, especially given the technological advancements that continue to change how we live and think. After a highly impactful global health internship, I sought out similar opportunities that brought health together with the world around it. This eventually led me to IHME’s work and the field of health metrics.
What work are you doing at IHME?
I work on the Health Systems and Strategic Analytics team, where we produce the Healthcare Access and Quality (HAQ) Index, the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Index, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index. These indices are produced using compiled estimates from the Global Burden of Disease study to investigate different parts of health systems and their component parts. Due to the landscape view these indices provide, they are particularly useful for policymakers and decision-makers to make simplified, data-driven decisions.
How do you think your experience at IHME will contribute to your future work?
Besides the acquisition of statistical and quantitative skills, the work at IHME puts all those involved with it in an excellent position to connect with global health stakeholders. Though I am undecided on what career path I will take after the fellowship, I expect that the exposure to international development organizations, along with the research skills developed, will put me in a position to pursue an equally rewarding experience.
GBD 2017 Mortality Collaborators. Global, regional, and national age-sex-specific mortality and life expectancy, 1950–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet. 8 Nov 2018;392:1684-735. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31891-9.
GBD 2017 SDG Collaborators. Measuring progress from 1990 to 2017 and projecting attainment to 2030 of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals for 195 countries and territories: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet. 8 Nov 2018; 392:2091–138. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32281-5.