Sandy Askew, MPH
Sandy began her research career as an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico where she gained an appreciation for the importance and challenges of expanding the cultural and economic diversity of the populations studied in health research while working as a research assistant in the Psychology Department. Her interest in reducing health and research disparities led her to first work with Gary at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Center for Community Based Research as she was earning her Master’s of Public Health from Boston University, concentrating in Biostatistics. While Dr. Bennett’s research prioritized research in under-studied and high-risk communities, it also featured technological innovation as an intervention tool. Sandy is therefore proud to say that she too has been working on the forefront of digital health research for the past decade. During that time the reach and capacity of digital technology has grown exponentially making it possible to conduct and disseminate research on a scale never before possible, as well as to engage populations that would have been nearly unreachable before. Sandy is a firm believer in the potential of digital health to be one of the most powerful tools ever available to influence public health. She is excited to help that potential become reality through her role at the Global Digital Health Science Center.
In Sandy’s words:
Dream travel destination: Though not a specific destination, it’s on my bucket list to travel somewhere I’d be lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis.
Finish this sentence: If I wasn’t working in global digital health science, I would be…making use of the Creative Writing half of my bachelor’s degree to produce (probably terrible) works of fiction.
Finish this sentence: If I could travel back to any place and period in history, it would be…1920’s America. Technology was far enough along to make it a lot more comfortable than most periods of history and the rapid evolution of industry and culture would be fascinating to see. As long as I could get out before the Great Depression hit.