Jennifer LoweStudent | Canada, United States
MSc Public Health for DevelopmentContact Jennifer Lowe
I graduated from Pitzer College in California with a BA in Human Development and Sociology. I went on to work as the Director of Programs at Jiv Daya Foundation, a family foundation based in Dallas, Texas. I oversaw their India Maternal Health, Pediatric Oncology, Palliative Care, and Kala-Azar initiatives. For 4 years I led The Foundation’s projects in India, which are designed to improve the quality of care available in more than 50 tertiary care hospitals around the country.
I received a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship to India in 2016-17 where I conducted qualitative research investigating the financial, social, and cultural factors that limit access to care for pediatric cancer patients.
After completing my Fulbright grant I worked with a Delhi-based organization called CanKids from 2017-19, where I led their Capacity Building and Research Departments. I also received a grant and continued my research, conducting a large quantitative research project in 70+ hospitals on access to care in pediatric cancer which is ongoing.
Research interests or career goals
The goal of my existing research is to explore the underlying factors that prevent children with cancer from reaching appropriate facilities, receiving timely diagnosis and treatment, and receiving high quality care within hospitals in order to develop strategies to address these gaps. I plan to return to India after graduating and work on designing intervention and evaluation programs to improve access to care for pediatric oncology patients.
Why I chose LSHTM/my course
I chose LSHTM for several reasons, namely its unique programs, structure, and undeniable reputation in the field. I specifically applied for the MSc Public Health for Development because I wanted to be surrounded by a diverse group of other students who, like me, had worked in low- and middle-income countries. The diversity and incredible achievements of my classmates make the discussions and interactions much more meaningful and the most unique part of the course.