In the Shadows: How Marginalized Identity Affects Access to Healthcare
Cambodia, Ecuador, Guatemala
Italy, South Africa
How do the marginalized parts of people’s identities affect their access to health services? During the year I seek to learn how gender, sexuality, income-level, age, and legal status act as barriers to care, impacting doctor-patient relationships and informing health outcomes. What proactive steps do healthcare institutions take to deliver comprehensive health services that are mindful of the social, political, and cultural realities of their patients? Growing my capacity for listening, supporting and empowering patients I hope to learn how to recognize, affirm, and address the needs of patients that are often hidden in the shadows.