Age: 23 Home Town: St. Clairsville, OH Education: Ohio University: BA Women and Gender Studies, BSW, Minor World Religions, Certificate African Studies; Washington University in St Louis: MPH, MSW Specific Field Interests: sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, women's empowerment Placement: Community Health and Advancement Initiative (CHAI)/Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance (Darjeeling, West Bengal) Area of Focus: Public Health
Highlights: Megan believes that health is an integral part of international development. To achieve maximum potential within a community, that community needs to be healthy. She has come to this conclusion because of her experiences abroad and in the US during her undergraduate and graduate degrees. While in college, she spent a summer volunteering at an orphanage in rural Rajasthan. During this adventure, she saw the many health issues facing women and children in India, particularly in rural areas with limited access to health care. This trip inspired her undergraduate thesis and motivated her to pursue graduate degrees in social work and public health. While in graduate school, she solidified her interest in sexual and reproductive health and maternal and child health. These areas were the focus of her research and projects throughout school. She participated in an internship in India at MAMTA: Health Institute for Mother and Child in the summer of 2012. During this internship, she had the opportunity to learn about Indian health systems and adolescent sexual health schemes. She fell in love with India during her volunteer and internship experiences and wants to live there on a permanent basis now that she has completed her graduate degree.