I have worked with Prof. Reifenberg since sophomore year researching health systems. For the past two years we focused mainly on writing a case study on the Right to Health program run by Compañeros en Salud, a sister organization of Partners in Health. The case study explores how the program, focused on ensuring rural patients can access complex care (surgical care, cancer care, etc.) came into existence, and how members of the organization are now looking to integrate the program with actors such as other health facilities and the government. Now, we are beginning to work on a case study with the Lancet Commission of Global Surgery and Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School regarding the development of a national surgical plan in Zambia. The case study focuses on how the policy was developed and how Zambia is working to ensure their population can access surgical care which remains largely unavailable to the majority of the country.
I have received two Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowships, one winter break travel award, and a Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant. All of these have allowed me to travel to Tanzania, now four times in total, to conduct health systems research regarding how rural patients access (or more often don't access) complex care. The work I have done with Prof. Reifenberg has proven foundational to my ability to look at these problems systematically, and I am now working on writing a capstone for the International Development Studies Minor on how systems can be used to treat patients needing complex care instead of just one disease.
Technology for development (telemedicine, m-Health, etc.), development in practice, examining how policy affects healthcare in developing countries, and the rural-urban divide in healthcare;
Examining the Tanzanian Referral Process for Cancer Patients from the Other Side at Bugando Medical Centre
Jan 30, 2017
I had the chance to spend this winter break in Mwanza, Tanzania doing research and clinical hours at Bugando Medical Centre.
“Where Referrals are Difficult: Examining an Exemplary Failing Cervical Cancer Referral System in Rural Tanzania”
Jul 7, 2016