Akshayaa is passionate about dismantling the “birth lottery” – the reality that where one is born often decides one’s health outcomes, educational attainment, and life expectancy. She is particularly interested in building social policies conscious to the social determinants of health (SDOH), and in studying how welfare states can better cater to SDOH, especially in diverse, low-SES communities. This interest was fueled, in part, by her work as an English-Spanish community health educator in rural Connecticut throughout her years at UConn. Before coming to DSPI, Akshayaa spent time working at the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Senate, and the UN Foundation. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Health, Policy & Social Medicine, and further concentrations in sociology and pre-medicine.
At DSPI, she is interested in studying comparative healthcare systems and conducting policy transfer research on universal healthcare systems operating within diverse, multicultural populations.