Sara Rotenberg (NHS’20), a senior global health major committed to creating an equitable world for people with disabilities, was named a 2020 Rhodes Scholarship recipient from Canada. At Georgetown, Rotenberg studied disability inclusion policies with a focus on global development and conducted research through the Global Health Initiative, India Initiative, and the Department of International Health’s curriculum at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for South-East Asia (SEARO) in New Delhi. She worked with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), interned with the Embassy of Canada to the United States, and volunteered with the Advisory Board for Student Organizations at the Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service.
What have you been up to since 2020?
I am currently completing a D.Phil. (Ph.D.) in primary health care at the University of Oxford, where I study how to improve health outcomes for people with disabilities through better health worker training. On the side, I have also done some consulting for organizations like the World Bank, WHO, Missing Billion Initiative and Clinton Health Access Initiative. I have also been involved in the COVID-19 pandemic response doing some advocacy work on including people with disabilities in testing and vaccination programs, and I spent part of last year as a senior policy advisor for Health Canada’s COVID-19 Testing and Screening Expert Panel.
Based on what you’ve learned in the past two years, what advice would you give to yourself in May of 2020?
My advice would be to learn from the duality of each moment. Doing so will help us learn more about ourselves, our capacity for resilience and the power of community.
What’s your favorite Georgetown memory?
Hard to pick one — probably the India Innovation Studio class trips to India, a furniture making class I took and long conversations with my professors in office hours.