Rachel Strodel

Rachel Strodel (JE ’18) is a Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology major from Massachusetts. She first became passionate about Global Health in high school when she worked with an NGO in Nicaragua that trains Community Health Workers. This experience exposed her to the power of community mobilization in combatting issues like childhood malnutrition and anemia. Last summer, she worked in India for the Delhi Commission for Women, where she investigated the ways in which women in Delhi are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. She is particularly interested in the intersection of gender and health. On campus, Rachel works in a genetics lab that studies Human Papillomavirus, tutors introductory biology classes, volunteers at free clinic in New Haven, and helps lead freshman outdoor backpacking trips through FOOT. 

  • Patient and Provider Perspectives on Diabetes Prevention

    Fair Haven, CT
    United States of America

    This summer, I worked with a team of two other undergraduates to conduct a mixed-methods study to assess (1) knowledge and attitudes toward type 2 diabetes and (2) perceived barriers to diabetes prevention among healthcare providers and Hispanic female patients of reproductive age in a high-risk population in New Haven. We used quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews to analyze both patient and provider perspectives on diabetes risk, as well as perceived barriers to mitigating that risk.

Jonathan Edwards
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology