India Gill is a Pre-Doctoral Scholar at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health providing research and grant writing support. She is an Epidemiology and Biostatistics Ph.D. student in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College with a double major in Sociology and Africana Studies. India received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University with a concentration in Socio-medical Sciences and specialized in Urbanism and the Built Environment. Her research interests include adverse childhood experiences, childhood food insecurity, childhood obesity, toxic stressors, tobacco cessation, and urban health disparities.
Before joining the Swetland Center, India conducted clinical research at CWRU’s Center for Community Health Integration in collaboration with a local safety-net hospital in Cleveland, OH. She trained clinicians, registered nurses, and medical assistants to implement a patient-centered systems change model for tobacco cessation. She previously served as a Congressional Staffer for the District Office of U.S. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge where she created health and wellness programs for children in underserved communities to learn about healthy eating and physical activity. During her undergraduate studies, India analyzed the effects of ambient air pollution in the cardiovascular system of type II diabetes patients at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. With her wide array of research projects, India developed a strong passion for disease prevention initiatives and health promotion in socially and economically disadvantaged populations.