Understanding the Changing Dynamics of Social Determinants in Health and Disparity, and Their Impact on Cardiovascular Disease
Trained as a doctor in India, I witnessed inequities in health care access, quality, and cost. While volunteering with an international humanitarian organization during the Rohingya refugee crisis, I learned that many people consider health and healthcare an individual issue, not a population one. Furthermore, I realized that many chronic diseases in migrants were the consequences of social factors, like food and housing insecurities, and the inability to access healthcare services.
My dissertation on addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) is inspired by this witnessed health crisis to assure population health that primarily faces systemic issues, challenging societal norms, and influences.