Thesis: Agency in the Decision-Making Process: Amputees Pursuing a Prosthesis in Ghana
I am currently researching two separate projects in the area of prosthesis in Ghana. The first project is looking at the desirability of a prosthesis for an amputee in the face of structural and social barriers. This led me to develop my second project looking at the agency of amputees in the decision-making process to get a prosthesis. I am also currently working with Professor Terry McDonnell looking at the materiality of prosthetic and orthotic devices.
The Kellogg Institute has supported my research through the Experiencing the World Fellowship and the Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant for two summers to Ghana. While studying at Notre Dame, I have been able to expand my experience with the healthcare system not only in Africa, but also in Latin America, Asia, and Europe. The International Scholars Program has allowed me to pursue my academic interests and also connect with other passionate people at the Global Health Conference at Yale University.
Global Health and Surgery; Social Determinants of Health; Accessibility of Healthcare; Social Perception of Medicine/Physicians
Inspired by Childhood Medical Condition, International Scholar Pursues Goal of Making Health Care Accessible to All
Apr 18, 2018
When King Fok was 6 years old, he suffered from an orthopedic condition that caused him to spend two years on crutches. Uncovered by his health insurance, the condition was the Kellogg International Scholar’s first glimpse into how socioeconomic status impacts health care.