Kosovo’s Ex-President Praises Students’ Policy Research Work

October 17, 2016  |  Dartmouth News

After a summer in Kosovo conducting a national study of women’s access to health care, four Dartmouth students had the chance to present their policy report to the country’s former president, who was in residence at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow.

“The students’ findings clearly reflected the situation in the country as I know it,” says Atifete Jahjaga, whose Dartmouth fellowship was also supported by the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

“This is useful work. Upon my return to Kosovo I am happy to pass on the findings to the prime minister and the minister of health so they can address this issue and work on improving the public health policy in Kosovo,” says Jahjaga, the first woman to serve as president of the Balkan nation.

Over the summer term in Kosovo, Apoorva Dixit ’17, Meghana Mishra ’17, Morgan Sandhu ’17, and Kristen Delwiche, Geisel ’19, worked with the Kosovo Women’s Network on data analysis and interviews as part of a national health care access survey, involving data collection from 1,309 households.

“It was a great opportunity for our students to engage in team-based policy research for an actual international partner,” says Anne Sosin ’02, who managed the health policy research project as part of the Dickey Center’s Global Health Initiative.

Read the entire article by Bill Platt.