Anders Grant spent more than 20 years as a dietitian on the East Coast and in Texas. Years later, in her 50s, she began working with families on the Navajo reservation in Crownpoint, NM, and that’s when medicine called out to her.
In her three years there, she “fell in love with the community and the people.” Aided by the Equity in Medicine scholarship at St. George’s University, Ms. Grant is committed to returning to the reservation—a medically underserved area—when she becomes a physician.
Healthcare access and education is limited in and around Crownpoint. According to Ms. Grant, it takes upward of an hour to visit with a healthcare professional, and even then, staff and resources are limited.
As an ultra marathoner, Ms. Grant is especially focused on the treatment and prevention of diabetes, working closely with children and families on the reservation to address the root of the problem—obesity. Her diet and exercise program for children yielded tremendous results and was soon adopted by many parents.
“What I really emphasized was moving,” she said. “They saw me running out there every day, which showed that I practice what I preach. If I can get the children to start improving their health now, oh my goodness, the future is unlimited.”