Ms. Sarah Kammerer
Specialization: Public Health
Home institution in US: University of Illinois, Chicago
Host Institution in India: Indian Institute of Public Health, Bhubaneswar, Orissa  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Sarah Cole Kammerer is driven by her passion for global women’s health, community mobilization and policy. She received her M.P.H. with an emphasis in maternal and child health from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2012 and her B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech in 2004. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Congress and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts to direct the volunteer deployment for Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. After the campaign, she returned to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a policy analyst focusing on the health care reform efforts at the state and federal level. Ms. Kammerer also was a volunteer policy consultant for Street Soccer USA, a sport-for-social-change organization that works to eradicate homelessness using soccer. She is also a published photographer and an avid runner.

The goal of Ms. Kammerer’s Fulbright project, “Using Participatory Learning Methods to Address Family Planning Needs in Rural India,” is to implement and evaluate an intervention designed to identify unmet contraceptive needs and barriers to care and to provide contraceptive education among poor women living in Jharkhand, a rural area of eastern India. She will implement the intervention in women’s groups in three to four villages over an eight-month period. Evaluation strategies will include observations of intervention sessions, qualitative interviews with women of reproductive age and with community health workers, and multiple focus group discussions among women in the communities about their perceptions of contraception. She will share the results with the women’s groups, sponsoring organizations and other interested parties.