Rachel Arnesen (BR '17) is a Global Affairs - International Development major from Bethesda, MD. On campus, she is a Yale World Fellows undergraduate liaison, a member of the Roosevelt Institute Public Health Center, a college mentor for ReadySetLaunch, and a violinist in DPops. She spent the summer after her freshman year working at the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center conducting research on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in various states. She became interested in global health after taking a freshman seminar on development in Haiti and writing a paper on the underlying reasons for the nation's high maternal mortality rates. She is interested in studying the epidemiology of infectious diseases and looking at how such data can be used to help eliminate health disparities. She spent the spring of 2015 studying abroad in Grenoble, France.
- Tugela FerrySouth Africa2016Research
I investigated HIV medication adherence in rural Tugela Ferry, South Africa. I visited 15 primary health clinics to try to locate patients that had supposedly stopped picking up their medication at the district hospital. I then compared their demographic and health characteristics to determine the correlates of default. Younger men with lower CD4 counts, higher viral loads and who had been on treatment for shorter amounts of time were most likely to default.
These findings will be used to design future interventions to keep patients on treatment.