Born in Boston and raised in San Jose, Anand Chukka is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Biochemistry and American Culture Studies. In college, Anand sought to understand how the criminal justice system unjustly criminalizes poverty and how to reduce the health impacts of the criminal justice system. At WashU, Anand led GlobeMed, a community health non-profit that supports community health initiatives in Eastern Uganda, served as a tutor with WashU’s Prison Education Project, and was selected as a Gephardt Institute Civic Scholar. He also interned with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, an integrated social services and healthcare provider for homeless folks and individuals affected by substance-use disorder. Anand believes strongly in the power of narratives in creating policy change and hopes to pursue an MD/PhD in Social Epidemiology, studying the criminal justice system as a social determinant of health.
Updated May 2019