As a GHC fellow, I can continue working toward health equity with a community that will both challenge and inspire me to advocate for the world I hope to help create.
Odette Zero is from Zionsville, Indiana. She attended Northwestern University where she majored in human biology anthropology and minored in global health. Odette co-founded and directed the Community Health Corps, a student-run community-based organization that improves access to health resources through partnerships with public libraries in Chicago. After volunteering at Open Windows Foundation for years in rural Guatemala, she conducted anthropological research on diabetes illness narratives, local barriers to care, and culturally-relevant management strategies. Her research experience includes analyzing illness narratives of indigenous Peruvians and interviews from Hispanic adolescents receiving psychiatric care in Chicago. At Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti in India, a traditional medicine NGO, Odette created a book highlighting healers’ life stories and a crowd-funding campaign to build a local health center.