Ms. Anna Dill
Specialization: Public Health
Home institution in US: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Host Institution in India: St. John’s National Academy of Health Science, Bangalore, Karnataka  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Anna Dill recently completed her third year of medical school at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and plans to complete her M.D. in 2014. She comes to medicine with prior graduate study in public health practice from the School of Public Health at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and public health work experience in rural community health, as well as research experience at the National Institutes of Environmental Health. Clinically, Anna is interested in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other adult chronic disease in the context of primary care and plans to complete residency training in internal medicine with a primary care focus. Her public health research interests include study of health services in low resource settings, knowledge translation for primary care providers and provider/patient health behaviors in treatment of chronic disease. She presented at the American Public Health Association’s national conference and co-authored publications in Environmental Health Perspectives and Cancer Science on the role of environmental carcinogens in cancer development.

Ms. Dill’s research in India focuses on chronic disease treatment, mainly diabetes and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. She works with Indian providers to examine their perceptions of successes and barriers to management as chronic disease incidence has increased. Additionally, she examines relationships between urbanization and socioeconomic patterns and chronic disease incidence. Ms. Dill’s Fulbright project, “Providers, Practices, and Perceptions: India's Chronic Diseases viewed by Physicians,” will explore the use and availability of evidence-based guidelines and perceptions about the successes and challenges of executing screening and treatment at the community level by Indian physicians. She will utilize qualitative questionnaires disseminated to primary care physicians employed at a network of urban hospitals.