Suhani Jalota is a PhD candidate in Health Policy in the Health Economics track at the Stanford School of Medicine, and a Knight Hennessy Scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Global Health from Duke University (2016). She is the Founder and Director of a women's health organization, Myna Mahila Foundation, based in Mumbai, India. She has been working in urban slum areas and rural communities researching and designing strategies on projects ranging from adolescent girl health, water and sanitation, to social protection policy. Her Economics Honors Thesis topic was looking at the effect of slum redevelopment on child health outcomes, particularly stunting, as rapid urbanization calls for policies that keep people healthy and safe. She wants to further explore national health systems, their design, challenges and outcomes, especially from a developing country context.
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Suhani Jalota was only 20 years old when she established a foundation to help impoverished women in the slums of her native city, Mumbai. She was 23 when Forbes named her one of Asia’s 30-Under-30 Social Entrepreneurs as her foundation was taking off. Now, at the ripe old age of 24, she is embarking on her pursuit of a PhD in health policy on the econ track at Stanford Medicine’s Department of Health Research and Policy.