|December 27, 2011|
Kimberley Geissler became interested in public health while completing an undergraduate degree in economics and chemistry at Williams College.
Her research interests center around health economics, quality of care, and access to health services for low-income populations.
“Research on these topics is particularly im
portant to me as I aim to influence substantive and real-world policy decisions that can have a positive impact on people’s lives,” she says.
“The need for good health is a crucial component of people’s well-being around the world, and the cost of poor health, both physically and financially, is often staggeringly high.”Geissler recently returned from a project in Cambodia involving the integration of microfinance into a latrine sales program.
“It is sobering to see the challenges that people overcome on a daily basis,” she says, “and encouraging to have found such a positive response to the idea of investing in the future health of families by purchasing latrines. I am excited by the attention being paid to improving health among vulnerable populations in both developed and developing nations and am thrilled to be a part of this through my work at UNC.”
Carolina Public Health is a publication of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. To view previous issues, please visit www.sph.unc.edu/cph.