Abroad: Puebla, Mexico – Fall 2019
Emily Meara is working on research related to global public health, international development and health care delivery in rural regions. Meara works closely with a case study called “Where Surgery is Difficult: Overcoming Barriers to Access in Rural Chiapas, Mexico” written by Professor Steve Reifenberg and Notre Dame graduate, Luke Maillie. She is in close communication with members of the PIH affiliate, Compañeros en Salud (CES), working in Chiapas, Mexico. Eventually, Meara will strive to incorporate data regarding patient referrals into the case study and analyze this set of data to extract information regarding system barriers to health care delivery. In addition, Meara will be involved in an article exploring the nuances of the word and idea of accompaniment, particularly comparing Spanish and English, with her fellow Kellogg International Scholar, Kate Bailey.
This past summer, Meara spent six weeks in Chiapas, Mexico funded by Kellogg’s Experiencing the World Fellowship. She worked with CES to help develop a surgical program in the small, remote town of Jaltenango. In addition to aiding the development of this new program, Meara helped organize leadership training, conduct surveys, and copy two years of referrals data. This data will be pivotal in tracking patient travel time, referred diagnoses and the progress of healthcare delivery in rural Mexico.
I am interested in research involving global health and healthcare delivery in rural regions. Understanding barriers to delivering care is crucial in order to extend access to efficient, equitable medical care in underdeveloped regions of the world.
Currently, I am working with Professor Reifenberg on two projects. The first project explores the linguistic differences in Spanish and English of the word "accompaniment." In addition, I am helping him with a book project involving Partners in Health and Paul Farmer.