Frida Calderon (Benjamin Franklin '20) is an Anthropology major from Dayton, OH by way of Toluca, Mexico. Her interest in Global Health is inseparable from her experiences with healthcare differences between Mexico and the United States.  As she grew up she became more and more interested in studying health disparities and the way in which culture, race, socioeconomic, and structural factors affect health outcomes. A strong belief in the importance of multilingual proficiency in the medical field led her to pursue a Mandarin Chinese language education at Yale, and this pursuit granted her the opportunity to study abroad in China for a summer. Her experiences in China put her on the path towards Anthropology and sparked an interest in the integration of folk medicine with biomedicine. Frida was always interested in folk medicine (particularly the kind that her grandma whipped up to get rid of colds and runny noses) and strongly believed in the power and cultural value of such practices. She looks forward to studying how biomedical treatments can best be made responsibly and humbly accessible to Global communities through the integration of folk medicine. On campus, Frida works at the Yale Medical School's Equity Research and Innovation Center as a student intern. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school. In her spare time, she can be found relaxing at Chinese Calligraphy Club, in the dance studio choreographing for Danceworks, or concentrating on her latest drawing project.