Age: 23
Home Town: Buffalo, New York
Education: BS Biology and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Specific Field Interests: Public Health, Gender
Placement: Bempu Health, Bangalore, Karnataka
Area of Focus: Public Health

Highlights: Abby graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2016 with a double major in Biology and Gender and Women’s Studies and a Certificate in Global Health. As a student, she worked as a research assistant on projects examining gendered causes of health disparities, volunteered as a health coach at a community health center, and worked with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to develop a policy to address physician shortages in rural areas of the state. She has spent the last year as a Maternal Child Health Coordinator with the National Health Corps Pittsburgh, an AmeriCorps program, working with high-risk women and families to provide health education and case management services. In summer 2016, she completed a research internship with the Public Health Foundation of India in Gurgaon, where she worked on a project studying treatment for anemia in pregnancy. She is excited to be returning to India to work on a public health project with Bempu!

Posts by abigailsmith


Adjusting to Service-Oriented Environments and Domestic Workers

At Orientation, we met with a former AIF Clinton Fellow who offered us advice on […]


Understanding community-level medical device implementation

One of the products BEMPU has recently developed is a smart cradle, called CareCradle, that […]


How Interdisciplinary Teams Can Tackle Public Health Challenges

Before my Fellowship position at BEMPU, my public health experiences had occurred in more “typical” […]


Next stop for the BEMPU Research Award: East Delhi

My second chance for a field visit for the BEMPU Research Award came with the […]


Kicking off the BEMPU Research Award in Belgaum, Karnataka

One of the most significant aspects of my project this year at BEMPU Health has […]


Empowered Women Empower Women

I was excited when I found out I’d be attending the MANSI Thematic Conference in […]


The Doctor Will See You (Literally Right) Now

In India, I’ve gotten used to certain things happening slowly. “Quick trips” to the grocery […]


Service from Local to Global

Before joining the AIF Fellowship, I completed a year of AmeriCorps service at a family […]

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