What attracted you to the health metrics field?
To be honest, I was more attracted to IHME and its mission than the health metrics field in general. After stumbling on the PBF program, I started looking into IHME and reading about the absolutely massive scope of its research, and I knew I wanted to contribute somehow. The products that the Institute produces have the potential to change lives all over the world for the better, so I feel like I can really make a difference by working here.
What work are you doing at IHME?
I’m on the Environmental Risk Factors team, and I’m responsible for modeling unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene; lead exposure; and occupational risk factors. I estimate the global exposure to these various risk factors as well as their relative risks and population attributable fractions.
How do you think your experience at IHME will contribute to your future work?
Working at IHME will help me develop a strong understanding of statistical modeling methods as well as good programming skills. Both of these are really important for doing well in the population health arena, and on top of that, are easily translatable to many other fields as well.
Brauer M, Zhao JT, Bennitt FB, Stanaway JD. Global Access to Handwashing: Implications for COVID-19 Control in Low-Income Countries. Environmental Health Perspectives. 15 May 2020. doi:10.1289/EHP7200.