While working to expand access to reliable healthcare in medically-underserved communities, Timmy Global Health strives to empower students and volunteers to tackle the world’s most pressing global health challenges. Timmy Alumni Chapter co-chair Puneet Anantharam exemplifies our mission to create the next generation of global health leaders.
Read more about Puneet below.
What is your role with the Alumni Chapter and how did you get involved with it?
“Prior to my role as the Co-Chair of the Alumni Chapter, I was a Programming Intern at Timmy Global Health HQ. In this role, I was tasked with organizing the structure and laying the foundation for the Alumni Chapter. Being part of the initiation of the Alumni Chapter led me to my current role as a Co-Chair on the Alumni Advisory Committee. This role supports the advancement of the mission for the Alumni chapter and the work being done by the Alumni Advisory Committee’s Core Committee chairs and their respective committee members.”
What are you currently pursuing?
“I’m currently pursuing a MPH degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. As a student in the Certificate in Humanitarian Emergencies, I have found my passion within public health to be in complex humanitarian emergencies contexts with a focus on malnutrition and infectious disease epidemiology. In my part-time position in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch (ERRB), I have been able to work with top subject-matter experts in Humanitarian Emergencies Health. Following graduation in May, I plan to work in the ERRB contributing to research in contexts of natural disasters, refugee crises, and disease outbreaks.”
What are some of your accomplishments?
“During my MPH, I had the privilege of conducting research in Ethiopia to better understand the risk factors associated with helminth co-infection and malnutrition as they relate to leprosy. I have also taken every opportunity to get involved with a local community here called Clarkston. Clarkston, also known as the most diverse square mile in the country, is home to much of Atlanta’s refugee population. In January of 2018, I began to volunteer with World Relief, a refugee resettlement agency. World Relief paired me with a family and I have been able to visit my family about once a week to just spend time and support them as they have transitioned into life here in Atlanta. Beyond that, I have been able to work on a project, in collaboration with Georgia Tech computer science students, on the development of an application designed to make medical records portable with the intention of serving refugee populations.”