Meet Nityam: His research is helping Utah children access health care

Nityam leading a free community health screening with the Utah Health Department.

October 9, 2018

Turns out, having insurance doesn’t mean you’ll get adequate health care.

That’s what Nityam Rathi’s report for the Utah Health Department concluded. He found that even with insurance, access to care can still be a huge barrier.

Nityam worked on the report over the summer as an Honors Frederick Intern, analyzing data from a school-based oral health program.

“I had the privilege to present this paper to a committee as an undergraduate intern, which really showed me the bigger picture that all of us are coming together to work to help our community and our society reach a better well-being,” he said. 

People who become professionals can forget that they can learn something from people who may not be in their field. It takes a lot of humility and humbleness to learn to acknowledge that you can learn from everyone you interact with.

​Nityam was also able to lead community health screenings. Sometimes, he was helping refugees who’d never had any kind of medical care at all.  

“It's kind of emotional, but it's very eye-opening," he said. "It forced me out of my comfort zone. I didn't always speak the language, so we used other means of communication so that they could understand what I was saying, and really learn from their experience at this clinic.”

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