Name: Taylor Charest
Title of Project: Suspicion of Shots: Examining the Relationship Between the State, Society, and Health in India
Advisor: Chitralekha Zutshi
Honors Department: Interdisciplinary Studies
In India, the need to strengthen and integrate the overall healthcare system has been a a long acknowledged issue, but little headway has been made to address many Indians deep-rooted sense of mistrust of the state, which hinders cohesive health initiatives from taking root. The objective of this research is to understand how coercion, corruption, poor implementation, and unreliability built the sense of mistrust that exists between individuals and the state, tracing from the colonial efforts at smallpox vaccination to present day. Specifically, I will focus on how this sense of mistrust manifests itself within the area of maternal and child health schemes, namely the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) and the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
Majors: Global Public Health (Self-designed)
Future Plans: I hope to enter medical school in the next few years and eventually become a primary care physician working with medically underserved populations.
Hobbies: I am an avid runner, constantly signing up for road races in the area. On campus, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Outside of school, I love to travel, both in the US and abroad.
Fun Fact: All of the countries I have traveled to start with vowels.
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