“Promoting Public Health” – by Suhail Khokhar

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Public health is one of the most perennial issues facing Americans.
However, the issue of public health is not is not given the attention

it deserves. Many Americans are aware of the ramifications of obesity,

smoking, air pollution, and other public health dangers. Yet, there

has not been systemic changes in the way these issues are dealt with by

the government. As a result, while many health disparities and

illnesses are decreasing, others continue to soar, most notably,

obesity.



As a public health student concentrating in health care policy and

management, I have chosen an education and career path that will equip

me with the tools necessary to properly alleviate the health care

problems facing many Americans. Currently, I am volunteering at the

Centro de Salud Esperanza, a health center that services the poor

population in Chicago’s West Side. My goal is to help write a grant

application that will enable Centro de Salud Esperanza to better service

the community.



In addition to volunteering at the Centro de Salud Esperanza, I am

interning at the Cook County Department of Public Health. My internship

entails studying and implementing ways to make Stroger Hospital more

efficient in the fields of discharge and patient flow. Like many

hospitals, Stroger is experiencing the problem of lower reimbursements

and a patient flow consisting primarily of Medicare and Medicaid

enrollments.



I hope to continue contributing to the public health of my countrymen.

I have been blessed by the abundance of opportunities the government

has provided me and I hope to continue working for the government in the

field of public health. My future goal is to work in the public health

department of a state or city, or even working for the federal

government and I believe this scholarship will help me to achieve my

dream of giving back to my county.

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