HCMP Major Contributes to Health Disparities Report, Looks to the Future

OCTOBER 11, 2016 – Stefanie Kurgatt (NHS’17) is pursuing the health care management & policy major at the School of Nursing & Health Studies.

The student, who was born in Kenya and grew up in Florida, was among a team of NHS faculty and students who developed the recent report “The Health of the African American Community in the District of Columbia: Disparities and Recommendations.” The school undertook the project at the request of the D.C. Commission on African American Affairs and Georgetown’s Office of the President.

The senior recently shared some thoughts about her time at Georgetown.

NHS: How do you like your major, NHS, and Georgetown?

SK: The NHS is one of a kind. I’ve been able to take a variety of classes and learn more about what I want to do in the future. The HCMP Program gives students the guidance they need all while building a community, which is everything I could ask for in a program. Georgetown as whole has been an amazing experience for me as I have been able to learn a lot about myself and what I am truly passionate about. Not many people have the opportunity to attend such an amazing school, so I often remind myself how blessed I am and to make the most of the many opportunities Georgetown has presented me with.

NHS: How did you become involved in the health disparities report? How did you enjoy that process?

SK: I got involved in the health disparities report after Dr. King [Christopher King, PhD, FACHE, assistant professor of health systems administration at NHS and lead author of the report] reached out to the NHS students. I was immediately on board because during my time here in D.C., I have come to see the tremendous gaps that lie between communities. I believe it is important that we should work to bridge those gaps. I conducted qualitative research, interviewing health professionals. This was a great experience for me, as I got to hear many different perspectives and potential solutions.

NHS: What other activities are you involved in on campus?

SK: I am involved in a student-run mentoring organization called GirlTalk. GirlTalk mentors girls at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C. Sessions include issues and obstacles regarding education, race, politics, feminism, and social lives.

NHS: What are your plans for the future?

SK: I want to get my master’s degree in public health or health systems administration. Eventually, I want to go back home to Kenya and start a nonprofit.

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