Public health is bridging the gaps between health disparities to provide equitable healthcare for all.
I aspire to be a physician but want to learn more than how to prescribe medicine and treat individuals. I want to make a larger impact, so learning social determinants of health is important to me, so that I can ensure that I can provide the best care for all patients. Public health provides the foundation for practicing preventative medicine, which is crucial for overall wellness in a community.
Conducting research on sickle cell anemia in undergrad was very rewarding. I was able to find the first anemia model in zebrafish. Within this study, I found that environmental factors affect hematopoiesis in embryonic zebrafish. This information can be used for pregnant women who may be genetically predisposed to having a child with sickle cell anemia. While pregnant, these women can take nutritional supplements while their child is in utero, which can prevent their fetus’ blood cells from sickling.
Have an open mind when beginning your journey, because there is so much to learn!
Public health should focus on improving healthcare access in remote locations.