Before coming to Brown, Nargis Faizy witnessed up close how challenges like health literacy, and gender and economic disparities within Afghanistan’s health system impact vulnerable populations. With a background in business and economics from Asian University for Women, Nargis felt a natural pull towards public health. “Seeing my own parents, who were dealing with different kinds of health issues well as other populations in my own community, aligned with my long-term goal to help work for health equity and social justice, and inspired my transition from economics to public health,” Nargis said.
For her summer Applied Practice Experience for Brown’s MPH program, Nargis took on a role improving the health care experiences of older adults, a group that constantly encounters health care accessibility issues and insufficient caregiving support. As a research assistant at CareLink Rhode Island, a collaborative network of nonprofit partners diligently working to secure high-quality health care standards for older adults, Nargis had a chance to help some of the most vulnerable in our society.