What attracted you to the health metrics field?
I found myself drawn to health metrics because it offered me the unique opportunity to work in a field that was both rapidly growing and centered around positively impacting the global population. As a student, I was fascinated by health and medicine, and I knew that my skills and interests would be best suited for health care. Coming from a family with two internationally adopted siblings, I also grew up with a strong sense of global community. Volunteering abroad and at home gave me firsthand experiences of the drastic inequalities in standards of health and wellness around the world. I realized that advances in medicine alone will not be enough to ensure that the human right of health care is accessible to all people; it will also take new policies, methods, and paradigms in public health. Using data sciences to measure health is an amazing way to be part of improving living conditions around the world, and I found myself attracted to the ambitiousness of this goal.
What work are you doing at IHME?
I am working on the Cardiovascular Disease Team, which makes estimates for the Global Burden of Disease project. Specifically, I am responsible for estimating the burden of two risk factors: high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These risk factors contribute a large amount of global illness and premature death from non-communicable causes, including ischemic heart disease and stroke.
How do you think your experience at IHME will contribute to your future work?
I know that I will always be drawn to working in health care. Because of my strong interest in medicine, I see myself pursuing a medical degree and practicing clinical medicine after I graduate from the PBF program. However, I think it unlikely that my ambitions to improve population health will ever subside. I hope to continue contributing to the advancement of global health throughout my life. Being able to learn and participate in the work being done at IHME has already been invaluable for me as not only a researcher, but also as a critical thinker and problem solver. These skills – and the skills I have yet to acquire at IHME – will undoubtedly help me to be the best physician and cultivator of public health that I can be.