Dr. Chander Mukhi Kapoor Kapasi recognized by Harvard

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Dr. Chander Mukhi Kapoor Kapasi, a graduate of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has been recognized by the school’s Legacy Magazine for giving back to her alma mater by creating gift annuity for the school.

Mukhi, who has a master’s in public health from the school in 1975, was featured in the fall issue of the magazine in which the newest member of its alumni society was recognized for her giving back to the school. It noted that Kapasi has always wanted to make a healthy impact on others’ lives. “Dr. Kapasi feels strongly about giving back, and this is why she and her husband have created a gift annuity for the School,” the magazine noted.

“I think it’s about the community, and the need to make a difference in the community. There’s always a joy, a love of giving. It doesn’t have to be too much – whatever you can give,” Kapasi said. “There’s always a joy, a love of giving,” she added. “It’s always good to give to your alma mater. There are new people with new vision, and they have the abilities to do things better now than before, because the paradigm is shifting. Everybody can give something.”

Dr. Chander Mukhi Kapoor Kapasi, MPH ’75, has always wanted to make a healthy impact on others’ lives. After receiving her MD, finishing her postgraduate work, and teaching in India, she spent years in Nairobi, Kenya, with the International Planned Parenthood Federation, where she supervised 19 mobile clinics and trained health workers in family planning and gynecology.

Her graduate education in public health at Harvard was enhanced by her residence in the International House. “It was really the best experience. We [her husband, Dr. Onaly Kapasi, and newborn child] met so many people there from different countries, and I learned so much. Mr. and Mrs. Napier were our ‘house parents.’ They were so helpful.”

Dr. Kapasi feels strongly about giving back, and this is why she and her husband have created a gift annuity for the School. “I think it’s about the community and the need to make a difference in the community. There’s always a joy, a love of giving. It doesn’t have to be too much—whatever you can give. But if you give for the right cause, and if that can make the change, that will be a legacy.”

Dr. Kapasi sees violence by both the public and police as public health threats, a matter of public health concern with public health implications. Her passion is to develop educational programs for both the public and police, which can make a positive difference in the communities we live in.

She continues, “It’s always good to give to your alma mater. There are new people with new vision, and they have the abilities to do things better now than before, because the paradigm is shifting. Everybody can give something.”

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