Jason Own (TC’22) is a Psychology major from California. Both his parents are from Myanmar, and as a child, he spent a lot of time visiting family there. Currently, Jason is particularly interested in improving the disparities in mental health treatment and care across different cultures. Jason’s goal is to develop a mental health education and anti-stigma program to dispel the misconceptions regarding the nature of mental disorders in Myanmar with the hopes of increasing the availability of mental health services and improving the existing treatment gap. He is also interested in the power of art and media in addressing these disparities. At Yale, Jason is the Health Team Lead for Engineers Without Borders. Through this, he is working on improving the water situation in the village of Naitolia in Tanzania, where he has already designed and implemented a WASH education plan. He is also a Communication and Consent Educator and conducts research on novel approaches to treat gastrointestinal diseases in the Gebiel Lab at the Yale School of Medicine. Through the Global Health Scholars program, Jason hopes to become more knowledgeable about the many determinants of mental disorders abroad and to learn how to become an activist in this field.