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Sara Rotenberg


DPhil Student

Including Persons with Disabilities in Health Systems: Measuring Disparities and Improving Outcomes

My DPhil Project:

One billion people, or, fifteen percent of the world’s population, experience disability in some form, yet health systems often neglect this population. My DPhil will explore the health disparities of persons with disabilities by looking at common health risk, status, and service indicators to develop a global disability and health dashboard. I also hope to examine successful interventions to integrate persons with disabilities into primary health systems effectively. 

About Me:

I was born and raised in Canada, but have called Singapore, the United States, and India home. In May 2020, I graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Global Health. Here, I was awarded the Outstanding Student Award for the School of Nursing and Health Studies and named the school's first Rhodes Scholar. 

My research career has been wide-ranging and quite diverse. I began working in a spinal cord injury stem cell research lab in high school and have since worked on topics such as irrigation governance reform in India; demographic transition in sub-Saharan Africa; and developing equitable access policies for epidemic vaccines. Through the support of Georgetown's India Initiative, I have also spent considerable time in India researching the accessibility of the Mumbai Metro and developing a transportable, collapsible stool for persons with disabilities. 

In addition to research, I have worked in various health equity and international development-focused positions with the WHO, The World Bank, CEPI, Embassy of Canada to the United States, and Canadian Paediatric Society.