Swatilekha Dasgupta is a Public Policy student at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her areas of focus are health policy and advocacy for women and children. She holds a Master’s Degree from University of Calcutta (India) where she studied English Literature. Swatilekha wants a more humane society for everybody, especially for women and children, and believes that advocacy for public health can bring about considerable change. Her experiences in India, including as a teacher, have inspired her to work for the betterment of community. Swatilekha believes that her internship with MPHA will give her the perfect opportunity to realize her goals toward a future career in Public Health.
Elaine Zhang is a recent graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she majored in public health with minors in psychology and education. During her senior year, she conducted an intensive thesis research project looking into health disparities within the United States and the diverse policy solutions, which sparked her interest in public policy and interning at MPHA.
She previously interned at Boston Alliance for Community Health where she worked on the Lets get Healthy Boston program. During this internship she worked very closely with diverse communities around Boston and was also able to see how policies can affect community members’ ability to achieve healthy lifestyles. Elaine hopes to continue working on public health policies that empower and will make it easier for community members to make active and healthy choices in their everyday lives.