Padmaja is entering her third year in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, specializing in global health. Padmaja’s interest in global health stemmed from her realization that health disparities within health systems can be addressed by targeting factors that extend beyond a medical setting. She gained a deep appreciation for health policy research and health-systems strengthening in the past year as a Research Assistant at the McMaster Health Forum`s Impact Lab. Her passions lie in encouraging the consideration of socioeconomic factors and multidisciplinary areas of research in shaping health-system frameworks, particularly in regards to women’s health. She hopes to use the Fellowship to better understand the inner workings of health systems to shape upstream interventions to address today’s pressing global challenges.
As an outgoing Queen Elizabeth Scholar, she will be travelling to Sydney, Australia to intern with the New South Wales Ministry of Health. Padmaja will have the opportunity to shadow senior government officials and observe the daily processes within government which will strengthen her knowledge within areas in which she is particularly interested including analyzing the impact of health policy on populations and finding ways to optimize their ability to improve health outcomes.