Danika is a first-year MD candidate at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Her passion for women’s health and social justice was inspired by her mother, and through work with community-based organizations in the US, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. She hopes to partner with marginalized communities and leverage a career combining clinical practice, research and policy to address structural determinants of health and promote equitable access to quality care. Danika completed a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s of public health in Global Epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a pre-medical post-baccalaureate at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to starting at HMS, she worked on research and programs related to improving maternal and newborn health outcomes, obstetric fistula, community-based approaches, healthcare quality improvement, and health systems strengthening. She also worked as Senior Research Project Manager for the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, Emory University, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and as a Healthcare Improvement Fellow for the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. Her other passions include learning about the world through travel, film, food, and the arts.