Stigmatized: The Stigma Associated with Diseases

By Kyle Roland

NYU Wagner Review podcast series include’s NYU policy and law students that will analyze policy issues and solutions emerging in real-time around the country.

We meet with fellow NYU Wagner alum and current International Rescue Committee employee, Handaa Enkh-Amgalan, to hear about her upcoming book “Stigmatized,” which dives deep into the disease-stigmatization surrounding Tuberculosis. Enkh-Amgalan will share her perspective of the broad role of stigmas in society, and will give her understanding of the infection rates of Tuberculosis and the multicultural approach to handling diseases. Stay for the end to understand the importance and role of international health organizations, along with self-care tips and the strength in numbers of community support.

This podcast is also featured on Spotify and Apple Music.


[00:00] Welcome and introduction from host Kyle Roland,

[00:35] Handaa Enkh-Amgalan begins the discussion on overcoming Tuberculosis, and the issues with stigma surrounding diseases.

Guest Speaker

Handaa Enkh-Amgalan works in the global humanitarian sector, focusing on refugee empowerment. Born and raised amid resilient, hard-working, and education-loving parents in an informal settlement in Mongolia, Handaa firmly believes in the power of pursuing and gaining higher education to become empowered and make a difference in the world. Through this book, Handaa shares her story of persevering through obstacles from financial hardship to stigma and illness, and obtaining education and achieving success despite the tough odds. Handaa holds a Master’s degree from New York University in public policy and a Bachelor’s in Economics from East Tennessee State University.


Kyle Roland is a second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in social impact, innovation, and investment. He has a professional background in start-up growth, operations, and product design, as well as migration related humanitarian aid. He enjoys travel, guitar, cooking, and positivity. He also serves as a managing editor for NYU Wagner Review and Co-Director of Events for Social Innovation and Investment Alliance.

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Music Credit: Be Sound