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Working to change the system

“When the department chair called me and warmly invited me to the program and offered me the Carson Fellowship, I was floored. That’s when I knew I’d be coming here.”

Bethany Holmes, SM '12; Health Policy & Management; Carson Fellow

Bethany Holmes, SM ’12; Health Policy & Management; Carson Fellow

Bethany Holmes, SM ’12, Health Policy and Management, had a rewarding job raising money to help deaf children hear. When she witnessed a five-year-old boy learn to hear and speak after receiving cochlear implants, she was deeply moved. But she was also outraged that the U.S. health care system makes such care available to only a few of those who need it. “It makes you want to change the system so that everyone who is suffering has access to what they deserve,” she said. With much needed financial aid, Bethany came to Harvard to do just that.