The University of Iowa

Fulbright recipient focuses on women’s health issues in India

June 11th, 2018

By Emily Creery, The Daily Iowan

Rachel Maggi

As a member of UI’s Class of 2018, Rachel Maggi graduated with a major in international studies, a minor in global health, and a certificate in sustainability. Having been awarded the Fulbright grant, Maggi’s vision will quickly become a reality as she leaves Iowa behind for India, where she will stay for nine months to further conduct her research as an open study.

“My research is taking all of the information that I gathered in my honors thesis and applying it to the actual region, holding in-depth interviews and focus group discussions,” she said. “I want to know what the level of knowledge is and the perceptions of how these noncommunicable diseases are a burden for those in India.”

Maggi said even though the incidences of breast and cervical cancer in this country is lower than in the United States, the mortality rate is higher. She said she wants to understand if people know where they can get care, if they can afford that care, and if there is a social stigma surrounding attainment of care.