MY MOTTO

Obstruction is opportunity. Innovation is struggle.


My passion is to help people like you take your big, hairy, audacious goals and make them real. But, I don’t want you to think small. I want you to conquer the whole world. Take your revolutionary new app, the blog you want to write, or the product you’ve dreamt up and apply it on a global scale.

Do you have an idea you want to make real?

Everyone has a dream, but most of us don’t know where to start. Sometimes, our ideas can feel bigger than we are.

My Guide for Creating Global Solutions provides a practical, 6-step approach for social entrepreneurs and passionate people with big ideas who want to change the world.

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WHAT DO I MEAN BY “MAKE YOUR IDEA REAL”?

Ideas are a vital, energizing first step toward creating or building anything.

But that’s just it—they’re a first step. Buzz words like “entrepreneur” and “innovation” are thrown around carelessly, confusing people like you and me about what really matters:

DATA-DRIVEN IMPLEMENTATION AND PROVEN RESULTS

Now, those terms aren’t as sexy as “innovate” or “create”, but they’re a thousand times more important.

Ideas are a dime a dozen. Everyone has a “good idea.”

There’s a reason not everyone’s product, business, blog, or app is successful. There’s a reason iTunes is a household name and Napster is a distant memory. There’s a reason everyone’s on Facebook instead of Myspace.

DATA-DRIVEN IMPLEMENTATION AND PROVEN RESULTS

That’s right! Successful ideas are only so because they are data-driven and their implementors strive for results. Implementors research, test, research, retest, and only do what works.

Making your idea real means generating data on a community level, then innovating.

This approach ensures viability and sustainability.

In other words, it means whatever you create will actually solve the problem and be around for a long time.

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MY STORY

My motto comes directly from my life experience. After getting my undergraduate degree from Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, I participated in clinical practice for two years. There was a lot to learn, but I always knew it wasn’t my end destination.

I knew my destiny in life was to have a big impact on the world.

Of course, being young, I wasn’t quite sure what that would look like—I only knew I had to constantly take steps to learn and grow into the person I knew I should be. So, I moved to the United States with only $3,000 and a dream.

Moving to the a new country brought with it a range of challenges, such as finding a place to live, knowing how best to commute, finding the right on-campus job, the pressure of limiting my cost of living and, above all, getting my coursework started. Though these are common problems most international students encounter, my extremely limited resources meant there was no room of error.

Through every struggle, I remembered my motto: obstruction is opportunity, innovation is struggle. It drove me to complete my Masters in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. My goal was to promote the health of entire populations, rather than limiting myself to only patient management. I then earned my Ph.D. in Health Informatics in three years from the School of Biomedical Informatics at University of Texas, Houston by traveling between my home in Baltimore, Maryland and school in Houston, Texas.

Today, I am excited to say I’m making my ideas real.

As Associate Dean of Student Affairs of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, I am committed to creating a student-centered environment. I’ve mentored a variety of students and helped several publish papers, inlcuding high school students.

In 2012, I initiated the Foundation of Healthcare Technologies Society (FHTS) as a small seed to develop a platform that can utilize innovative tech- nologies as a bridge to address social, economic, and cultural inequalities to transform the lives of individuals, their families, and the communities they live in.

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Journey

  • 1999

    Graduation

    Obtained medical degree (M.B.B.S.) from Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Fardikot, Punjab, India

  • 2002-2004

    Post Graduation

    Obtained Masters in Public Health (Majors in Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from Boston University School of Public Health

  • 2004-2007

    Research Associate

    Faculty Research Associate University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

  • 2007-2010

    Research Assistant Professor

    Faculty Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, USA

  • 2010-2013

    PhD

    PhD in Health Informatics, University of Texas, School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, USA

  • 2010-2014

    Assistant Professor

    Faculty Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA

  • 2012-present

    Founder

    Founder, Foundation of Healthcare Technologies Society, New Delhi, India

  • 2014-present

    Associate Professor

    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York, USA

  • 2014-2016

    Assistant Dean Student Affairs

    Assistant Dean Student Affairs, CUNY School of Public Health

  • 2016-present

    Associate Dean of Student Affairs

    Associate Dean of Student Affairs Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York, USA

COMMUNITY IMPACT

FHTS

To translate research into practice through use of technology based solutions that can empower individuals and the environment where they live in for the well being of themselves, their families and the communities.

Swasthya Pahal

A health for all initiative Uses SMAART™ platform’s Portable Health Information Kiosk(PHIK) To make health available, accessible and affordable in rural, tribal and urban slum settings in India.

Diet Incarnation

Providing telephonic diet counselling and support to people suffering from lifestyle diseases by helping them to make healthier food choices.

Water and Sanitation

Access to improved drinking water, sanitation and hygiene is one of the prime concerns around the globe. This study aimed at assessing water and sanitation hygiene-related attitude and practices, and quality of water in urban slums of Delhi, India.

Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual Hygiene, still a taboo in India. Through this initiative we aim to bust myths and break stereotypes by spreading awareness and providing psychosocial support to empower young girls.

Inspire

A technology based global platform for mentorship enhancement and sharing of knowledge in research by scaling up confidence, self-awareness of an individual and exposing them to opportunities lacking in current education culture.

Empower

Empower Program at FHTS aims to provide equal opportunities for women and men, as well as to integrate gender equality into policies and practices, within the organization. In FHTS we believe in creating equal chances for Jobs, Internships, Academics, Mentorship and Research.