Matthew Hing, a Spanish and Arts & Letters pre-health studies major and peace studies minor, is focused on reducing inequalities in healthcare quality and access throughout the world. “Quality healthcare is a cornerstone in development and a human right,” he says. He plans to attend medical school after the fellowship and devote his career to global health.
A Glynn Family Honors Scholar, Matthew studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico, where he shadowed local physicians in a government HIV/AIDS clinic. In Nicaragua on a Kellogg Summer Internship with the Foundation for Sustainable Development, he next worked with staff at another government clinic to design and implement a community health–worker training program to improve reproductive health services in rural areas.
He later returned to Nicaragua on a Glynn Family Thesis Research Grant to conduct field research on the role of Nicaraguan health workers in mitigating domestic violence. He presented his findings at Notre Dame’s annual Human Development Conference and incorporated them into an award-winning senior thesis.
As an International Development Fellow, Hing will serve as a community health programs assistant for Compañeros En Salud/Partners in Health in Chiapas, Mexico. He will supervise and manage the Acompañante program, which seeks to achieve better outcomes among people living with chronic disease by training community members to “accompany” patients in their ongoing care.
Matthew is a 2015 Kellogg Institute International Development Fellowship Recipient.