Ms. Paula Appelhans has a bachelor's degree in Business from University of Redlands, a Juris Doctorate law degree from Washburn University School of Law, and a PG Diploma in Health Care Law and Human Rights from the University of Essex (UK). Ms. Appelhans’ experience previously focused on various aspects of health care, including corporate mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, mental health community programs, human resources, risk management, business development, and other operational aspects of health care entities. She took this experience and transitioned to research health care and international human rights law in the UK with a focus on the right to access highest attainable health as envisioned by the UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. As a researcher with the Singapore civil society group Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), Ms. Appelhans has extensively researched Singapore’s health care models, including clinical, financial and community based projects, care giving roles and its affect on the life cycle of women, as well as contributed to corporate anti-discrimination policies and training in Singapore’s workplace. She continues to contribute to AWARE’s annual budget recommendations on health care financing, budget transparency, and access to health under current and proposed models. This work led to her current research on the rights of persons with disabilities in Singapore utilizing a gendered focus on the issues and challenges facing persons with disabilities in Singapore.