APRIL 24, 2013 - Sunbo Igho-Osagie (G’14), who is pursuing her master’s degree in health systems administration, was chosen to serve as project coordinator for the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.
Her primary focus will be working with Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care, to analyze health disparities data from the mid-Atlantic region that students had previously gathered in Anderko’s class.
“I want Sunbo to gain valuable experience, but I also hope this will help the council understand the importance of educating and mentoring future leaders in this area,” Anderko says.
Health Disparities Data
While helping others understand the magnitude of health disparities in the area, Anderko hopes Igho-Osagie will also gain knowledge about the importance of using data to reveal local issues.
Her essay sharing a personal experience with health disparities also helped Igho-Osagie stand out among the applicants.
“It’s not just about access to health care,” Anderko says. “It’s about food security, shelter, education, and gainful employment. Those things make a huge difference in how people stay well. Her resume spoke very clearly that she understood that.”
In addition to attending the Clinton Global Initiative University, Igho-Osagie has worked with various organizations that focus on providing assistance to those in need. After receiving her undergraduate degree in biology from Temple University, she became interested in working on health disparities, but wasn’t sure how to become involved.
Making a Difference
“I feel like a lot of people want to help, but many don’t know exactly what health disparities are or how they can help out,” she says. “I hope to make a difference with the internship. I was in disbelief when I was chosen, but I’m extremely excited.”
The internship will run throughout the summer while Igho-Osagie attends classes and participates in activities for the Healthcare Executives of Georgetown University (HEGU) organization. After graduation, she plans to work in hospital operations or long-term care.
By Tiffani Haynes