Dhaani Dhaani ’23 MPH and Mabintou Darboe ’22 MPH are captivated with advocating for public well being, healthcare fairness, and care accessibility. They’ve earned scholarships from the Society of Public Well being Training that can allow them to proceed constructing their advocacy abilities.
September 30, 2021
When Dhaani Dhaani ’23 MPH was finishing an internship as an undergraduate scholar in India, she visited poor neighborhoods in New Delhi, educating folks about subjects reminiscent of private hygiene, intercourse training, and home violence. Her subsequent work as a volunteer doctor, serving to to advertise most cancers consciousness and prevention, additionally fueled her ardour for neighborhood and social companies.
Dhaani, who earned an MD in homeopathy whereas in India, is particularly captivated with advocating for sexual assault prevention, one other concern that, she says, is prevalent in India. She endeavors to foster training and consciousness with the intention to, she hopes, cut back the variety of assaults and stop sufferer blaming.
“Sexual assault is a matter that no person desires to speak about,” she stated. “I discovered there are many causes behind it, nonetheless the unavailability of intercourse training is without doubt one of the fundamental causes. The seen statistics are the tip of an iceberg. As a physician, I consider, you aren’t simply liable for treating or prescribing medicines for corporeal complaints. You have to additionally deal with and heal the social and psychological ache of an individual via your compassion and love.”
Dhaani’s dedication to public well being led to her being acknowledged by the Society of Public Well being Training (SOPHE). She acquired a 21st Century Scholar Scholarship for SOPHE’s 2021 Digital Advocacy Summit that can allow her to proceed to discover ways to greatest advocate for the health-related points she is captivated with – a possibility that she calls a “dream come true.”
“I’m overwhelmingly pleased, and the scholarship means loads to me,” stated Dhaani, who can also be concerned in serving to to handle home violence, the stigma of HIV, and discrimination in opposition to the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. “Receiving this scholarship is extremely particular. I’m wanting ahead to buying information about public well being points in america. Furthermore, the summit would even be a rewarding alternative for me to be part of a various group of public well being professionals working with the neighborhood.”
‘Our college students are dedicated to turning into changemakers’
Dhaani’s classmate Mabintou Darboe ’22 MPH additionally earned a scholarship to attend SOPHE’s 2021 Digital Advocacy Summit. A member of the College’s Justice, Fairness, Variety, and Inclusion (JEDI) scholar ambassadors program, Darboe is captivated with advocating for maternal and little one well being, in addition to healthcare accessibility. She is wanting ahead to alternatives to be taught extra in regards to the social determinants of well being and well being fairness, in addition to equity-focused advocacy within the classroom.
“I hope to increase my understanding of the social points that have an effect on the well being of marginalized communities and the potential options to alleviate the struggling brought on by the social determinants of well being,” she stated. “As a JEDI ambassador, I hope it should assist me in my purpose to handle racism. I’m additionally hoping to share the advocacy-related info that I’ll be taught with my professors to assist college students construct advocacy abilities that confront racist insurance policies of their communities. That is an important and much-needed part of inhabitants well being.”
Dhaani’s and Darboe’s professor, Alvin Tran, Sc.D., MPH, says he appears ahead to the thrilling and significant alternatives they are going to have.
“Lots of our MPH college students selected to check on the College of New Haven College of Well being Sciences to sort out a number of the most urgent public well being points,” stated Dr. Tran, assistant provost for range, fairness, and inclusion in addition to interim director of the College’s Grasp of Public Well being program. “From sexual assault prevention and growing entry to culturally competent healthcare to combating the unfold of disinformation and misinformation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our college students are dedicated to turning into changemakers on this extremely demanding and impactful discipline.
“Receiving this scholarship will permit our college students to develop important abilities to turn into efficient well being communicators and advocates,” continued Dr. Tran, who created the College’s JEDI program. “They may be taught to have interaction in vital discussions round well being points with neighborhood stakeholders, together with policymakers and leaders of nonprofit well being organizations. If there’s one factor the continuing pandemic has taught us as a society, it’s that speaking correct public well being info is crucial to maintaining us all protected. Mabintou and Dhaani have an unbelievable alternative forward of them.”
‘This chance will allow me to remain related’
Darboe, who hopes to turn into a doctor, is particularly excited to community and be taught from different college students and advocacy professionals. She appears ahead to persevering with to develop her advocacy abilities – one thing that, she says, will assist her all through her profession.
“I wish to incorporate my public well being expertise to method affected person care from a holistic perspective,” she stated. “I wish to deal with the social determinants of well being and analysis progressive methods to enhance the well being of my sufferers of their neighborhood. All through my public well being training on the College, we have now been taught the significance of affected person advocacy, and this chance will put together me to turn into a greater advocate for my friends and future sufferers.”