Friday, May 29, 2015

Meet the 2015 India GSL Global Health Team!

I am a sophomore Psychology major that is minoring in global health and law and society. I am from Maryland and enjoy visiting the monuments as often as possible! At school, I spend my time advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness, serve as an A&S academic integrity hearing board member, am involved in Hillel, and am an active member of Kappa Delta sorority. I hope to attend graduate school for health administration and work within the mental health field as an advocate for those less fortunate and suffering from mental diseases. This summer I will be developing case studies based on patient satisfaction within Kenchenhalli. I hope to learn the inner workings of the Indian healthcare system, and its differences to those of America. I am beyond grateful and excited to spend the summer in this amazing country!

Hello! My name is Alex and I am a Policy Analysis and Management major with a Global Health minor from Miami, Florida. In the future, I hope to graduate with a master’s degree in healthcare administration where I plan to apply this to a career in healthcare improvement, especially in closing health disparities from a management and policy framework. In my free time I love travelling, playing badminton, reading fiction, and dancing. While in Mysore, I will be working with GRAAM (Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement) in developing pragmatic policy changes, which address regional and social disparities in the status of health and public health infrastructure. I look forward to the eight weeks of cultural immersion, academic learning, personal growth, and reflection!

Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Global Health student participating in the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement Global Service Learning Program. I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and am now a rising senior in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. I’m studying Human Development with minors in Global Health and Biology. After I graduate I hope to go on to medical school with a focus in global maternal and child health. Besides my studies I like to travel, rock climb, ski, and try new foods. During my time in India I will be taking classes about Indian health care, gender, society, and culture. After that, I will be staying at a primary health care hospital working on informational materials for patients about common aliments and learning about Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine). I am looking forward to the coming weeks and am excited to share what I learn on this blog.

My name is Elyse, and I’m from Northport, New York. I’m a Biology and Society Major, with minors in Global Health and Nutrition. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in medicine and public health, and work with health on a large scale, domestically or even abroad. This summer, I will be working at SVYM’s tribal hospital in Kenchanahalli. There, I will be creating informational pamphlets about the traditional Indian medicine system of Ayurveda, focusing on how these treatments can be used to address diabetes. I’m looking forward to learning more about this ancient system of medicine and how it can be applied to diseases that we see so often at home. In my free time, you’ll probably find me outside running, hiking, or playing field hockey.

My name is Katherine. I am a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences from West Hartford, Connecticut. I am majoring in sociology with minors in Global Health, Inequality Studies and Music. I am very interested in Music, specifically voice, piano, and song writing, as well as travel, art and literature. I would like to enter a career in global health from a sociological perspective. I am very excited to be working here in Mysore with SVYM!


My name is Danielle and I am from Croton-on-Hudon, New York. I am currently majoring Biology and Society and minoring in Global Health. I am interested studying health with a holistic approach, considering social, cultural, and economic as well as biological factors and consequences of health. Outside of school, I enjoy the company of friends, family and animals or sing to my guitar or piano. This summer I will be doing a project at the Rango Rao Memorial School for the visually impaired where I will be expected to teach conversational English to girls in 8th, 9th, and 10th grade.

Tara S.
My name is Tara and I am from Stamford, CT. I am a rising junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majoring in Biology and Society and minoring in Global Health and Business. I am pursuing a career in the field of health and am currently interested in Occupational Therapy. At Cornell, I am the Editor-in-Chief of the 2016 Cornellian Yearbook and have a strong interest in graphic design. I also really enjoy working with kids and am a child mentor/tutor through a program called Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success. While in India this summer, I will be working on a project that involves revising the Hospital Administration Handbook at the Kenchenahalli hospital. There, I will be observing the adherence to stated procedures and identifying areas for modification for overall improvement in efficiency.

My name is Rana and I am thrilled to be a member of the 2015 Global Health group in Mysore, India.  Originally, I am from upstate New York (aka Rochester).  I am currently a rising junior in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, pursuing a bachelor’s in Nutritional Sciences  (with a Global Health Minor). My career trajectory has been pretty clear since I was younger; I’ve always wanted to be a doctor, particularly in the field of pediatrics. Throughout my time at university I’ve found my interests have gotten more tailored; I enjoy travelling, writing short stories, photography, and taking long naps (thanks Cornell).  During my time in India, I will have the opportunity to work at the Ranga Rao Memorial School for the Visually Impaired on the medical front. My specific duties involve creating an extensive report assessing the health status of all the students based on collected data.  I look forward to contributing what I can as well as learning a lot about health in India!

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