Rajit Bhandari is an MPH student completing his summer practicum with the CPC Learning Network. He is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology with a certificate in Health Policy and Practice. He was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana and studied Biology and Sociology at Emory University. While at Emory, Rajit volunteered at the International Community School (ICS), a predominantly refugee and immigrant elementary school, and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), one of the largest pediatric care providers in the country. He also had the experience of being affiliated with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and interacted with Emory faculty that did extensive public health research. These experiences made him even more passionate about children’s health, equity, and safety.
For his MPH Practicum, Rajit will conduct data cleaning and in-depth regression analyses of certain aspects of social norms, poverty level, and child labor in one commune and one department of the Ivory Coast. This data was collected in the form of a survey conducted as a collaboration between UNICEF Ivory Coast, the Ivorian Government’s Department of Child Protection, and the CPC Learning Network, with survey enumerators from the Ivorian National Institute of Social Work Training.
Rajit is committed to pursuing his passion of fighting for stronger public policy to promote children’s welfare, and looks forward to working with the CPC to encourage research and advocacy to advance the protection of children.