Khalida Saalim is a senior at Georgetown University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Global Health and a minor in Sociology. Khalida takes a special interest in healthcare disparities, specifically in sexual and reproductive health. She hopes to work toward reducing the gap in quality and access to health services in this area for minority populations through her passion for health research.
During SUMR, Khalida was involved in two research projects. The first was with Dr. Roy Wade, focusing on the relationship between childhood toxic stress and overall well-being. Khalida worked with Dr. Wade's study on the effects of a parent’s childhood adversity on health outcomes for their offspring through epigenetic factors. The second project was with Dr. Lisa Lewis, whose study focused on cardiovascular health disparities in Black men. The aim of this research was to determine the practicability of a mobile health hypertension self-management intervention for black men.
At Georgetown University, Khalida is a member of GU Medical Brigades and has traveled twice to Honduras to assist in medical rounds as well as act as a Spanish translator between patients and physicians. She is also an organizing member of One Tent Health, which provides free HIV screening to those residing in low-income areas of D.C. She has also worked with the Georgetown D.C. Schools Project, tutoring English as a Second Language to immigrant youth. This past semester, Khalida studied abroad in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic interning at COIN (Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral), a health center which primarily works with providing free services to those affected by or at high-risk for HIV/AIDS. The semester after SUMR, Khalida plans to study abroad for a second time in Dodowa, Ghana to conduct her own research relating to sexual and reproductive health. In her free time, Khalida loves to travel, dance, and play the steel drums.
After graduation in May 2019, she hopes to further her education by pursuing a PhD in public health. Her ultimate goal is to become a social health researcher and play an important role in developing health care policy.