Harvard Chan C-CHANGE taps into the collective knowledge of student leaders at the Harvard Chan School, through our Student Ambassador Program.

This year-long program equips Harvard Chan master and doctoral students with critical skills to become climate and health leaders. The program cultivates a community of students at Harvard Chan who are interested in climate change, strengthens the connections between the Center and departments across the school, and helps students understand how climate change impacts their respective fields of study. 

For more information, contact Skye Flanigan.


Class of 2022-2023

Eirliani Abdul Rahman

Doctoral Student of Public Health

Eirliani Abdul Rahman (aka “Lin”) is a second-year student in the doctoral program in public health (DrPH). She would like to leverage the C-CHANGE program to bring attention to climate change as an important risk factor for human trafficking. Her diplomatic experience, having served in the Singapore Foreign Service, coupled with working for the Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, gives her a unique perspective on public health challenges, especially the link between human trafficking and poor health. A Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, she loves exploring the Arctic and had trained with renowned polar explorers Matty McNair and Sarah McNair-Landry in Nunavut, Arctic Canada.

 

Molly Doris-Pierce

Masters Student in Health and Social Behavior

Molly Doris-Pierce is a first year Master in Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She comes to the Chan School from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs within the Office of the Secretary. Prior to that, she served on the Biden/Harris Administration’s Transition’s outreach team.  In addition, she has a background in disability and women’s outreach and organizing, nonprofit program development, and political fundraising. Originally from Massachusetts, she has a BA in an individually designed major – “Advocacy and the Individual” – and a minor in Psychology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. As a long-time engagement professional, she is particularly looking forward to the work C-CHANGE is doing at the intersection of public health and climate change through communications and community engagement.

 

Florence Frank

Masters Student in Health Policy

Florence Frank (she/hers) is a second-year MPH-65 student in the Health Policy program. Before coming to Chan, she primarily worked in Washington, DC in health advocacy, on political campaigns, and in government operations at the local and federal levels. During this time, she had the opportunity to meet with climate advocates and industry groups as a legislative staffer for a Member of Congress. She looks forward to continuing in public service to strengthen public health infrastructure. In addition to the C-CHANGE program, Florence is a member of the Climate Leaders Program for Professional Development. Outside of academics, you can find Florence engaged in politics at the local and state level or spending time with her cat.

 

Meghan Harshaw

Masters Student of Nutrition

Meghan Harshaw is a first-year Masters of Public Health student in the Department of Nutrition. She recieved her undergraduate degree in Legal Studies and Global Health from Northwesten University in 2019. She has engaged with the food and health system at various levels, from policy to practice, including positions at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the City of Evanston Nutrition Department, Feeding America, and most recently, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Through C-Change, Meghan hopes to investigate the relationship between the global climate crisis and food and agriculture system sustainability.

 

Connor Henderson

Masters Student in Environmental Health

Connor Henderson is currently a second-year SM 80 student in the Environmental Health department at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She graduated with a bachelor’s in environmental health where she gained an interest in the effects of air pollution on human health and for general health communication. Connor hopes to further explore the implications of climate change on health and learn how to effectively communicate climate-related issues to afflicted communities.​ Outside of academics, Connor enjoys making pottery, crocheting, hiking, and being outside in nature.

 

Adele Houghton

Doctoral Student of Public Health

Adele Houghton is a second year Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. A registered architect and green building professional, Adele works at the intersection of public health, climate change, and the built environment. Her research investigates the gap between the goals of climate change and chronic disease policies, on the one hand, and the priorities of individual building project teams on the other.

 

Flora Jiaxuan Xu

Masters Student of Environmental Health

Flora Jiaxuan Xu is a Master’s in Environmental Health at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Her interests center on the cross-disciplinary field of nature, the built environment, individuals, and society, with a particular focus on the impact of the indoor environment, especially the lighting environment on human well-being and the incorporation of biophilic designs, into building infrastructures to achieve sustainability and health benefits. She believes that sustainability and health are collective responsibilities that require multidisciplinary collaborations. Her other current research also centers on the impact of lighting on sleep and health-related outcomes as well as the impact of the indoor environment on employees’ well-being during the WFH. Meanwhile, she also works on studying the dynamics of building characteristics from the perspective of design features and their impact on indoor environmental quality and occupants’ perception.

 

Hana Lee

Doctoral Student in Population Health Sciences

Hana Lee is a first year PhD student in the Population Health Sciences program at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her MPH in Epidemiology from Emory Rollins School of Public Health and worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and Emory Health Services Research Center prior to joining Harvard. Her research experience in social epidemiology and chronic diseases has led to her interests in understanding the interaction between social/neighborhood factors and environmental exposures. Hana is also interested in implementation science as a tool to effectively translate findings to practice.

 

LeeAnn Lucas

Masters Student in Epidemiology

LeeAnn Lucas is a first-year SM-80 student in the Epidemiology department at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she became interested in the health impacts of climate change. Before coming to Chan, she worked at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as a research fellow. LeeAnn hopes to gain a deeper understanding of climate change impacts on cancer and cardiovascular health outcomes. In her free time, LeeAnn enjoys playing volleyball and hiking.

 

Cynthia Ma

Masters Student in Environmental Health

Cynthia Ma is a first-year Master of Science student in Environmental Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She is primarily interested in the health implications of climate change and wants to build on her undergraduate research on household air pollution to better understand the complex interaction between energy, climate change, and health. Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Boston College. In her free time, she enjoys taking dance classes, hiking, and baking.

 

Julia Malits

Degree Candidate for Doctor of Medicine

Julia Malits is a joint MD-MPH candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School (Class of 2023). As an undergraduate at Cornell, she studied biology, human nutrition, and environmental science and sustainability. Her prior research experience has focused on investigating the health outcomes and societal costs associated with exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals among children. Her current academic interests include the health impacts of climate change, climate resilience for the healthcare sector, sustainability, environmental justice, and maternal and child health. She in an outdoor enthusiast and can be found hiking with her dog most weekends.

 

Leah Martin

Masters Student of Environmental Health

Leah Martin is a seond year S.M. student in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. After completing her B.S. in Molecular Biology at California State University, Monterey Bay, Leah worked for the United States Department of Agriculture (Agricultural Research Service) and the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute. Leah’s current academic and research interests include climate change and maternal health, environmental epidemiology, and environmental pollutants, specifically, endocrine-disrupting chemicals. In her free time she enjoy film photography, mountaineering, running, and learning new languages.

 

Mackenzie Mayo

Masters Student in Nutrition

Mackenzie Mayo is a first year Master’s student in Public Health Nutrition, concentrating in planetary health. She comes from the global health nutrition field, where she has worked abroad for the UN World Food Programme in Myanmar as well as in a maternal hospital in Tanzania through a Princeton in Africa fellowship. Most recently, she worked in Washington DC on global maternal infant feeding policy. She aims to use her background in food security and humanitarian aid to study the intersection between nutrition and climate, and the creation of food systems that are sustainable and equitable for both populations and the environment.

 

An Na

Doctoral Student of Public Health

Dr. An Na is a DrPH student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For more than a decade, she has worked in humanitarian aid, witnessing the impacts of global climate change on vulnerable populations. Throughout her career, she has been promoting global humanitarian work by presenting her field experience to medical professionals and the public in China.  With her extensive experience in global health, she is willing to work on improving poor health caused by disasters due to the global climate change through Harvard Chan C-CHANGE program.

 

Doctoral Student of Biological Sciences

Marwa Osman is an environmental justice advocate and first-year Ph.D. student in the Biological Sciences in Public Health program. She received her undergraduate degree in 2021 from the University of Colorado Boulder in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and a minor in community leadership studies. As a scientist, she hopes to pursue innovative research at the intersection of human health and environmental justice. She is particularly interested in the molecular and physiological mechanisms of environmental exposures, and the potential resulting neurological implications.

 

Krittika Paul

Masters Student in Environmental Health

Krittika Paul is a second-year SM 80 student in the Environmental Health department at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Currently, she is involved in Air Pollution research, where she is investigating the impact of Air Pollution on Hospitalizations. Prior to this program, Krittika completed her undergraduate studies at Texas Tech University, with a major in Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. Krittika looks forward to working on improving human health and the environment. In her leisure time, Krittika likes singing, recitation, and traveling.

 

Jinia Sarkar

Masters Student in the Environmental Health

Jinia Sarkar is a first year Master’s student in the Environmental Health department at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to this program, she graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s in Human Science. After graduation, she worked at a healthcare consulting company, Advisory Board, where she pursued best practice research on service line strategy and environmental health. She hopes to research topics related to how natural disasters and extreme weather impact human health. In her free time, Jinia enjoys playing her clarinet and baking.

 

Angela Stegmuller

Masters Student of Environmental Health

Angela Stegmuller is a first year S.M. student in the Department of Environmental Health. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware, where she majored in biochemistry and minored in public health. Prior to attending the Chan School, she worked as a Research Data Analyst at an academic center. She used analytical tools to estimate the impact of maternal, neonatal, and child interventions on health and nutrition outcomes in low- and middle-income country settings. At Harvard, she is interested in learning epidemiological methods that can be used to evaluate the relationship between climate-related exposures and human health. Angela enjoys nature, music, and animals in her free time.

 

Katie Senechal

Master of Science in Epidemiology

Katie Senechal is a first year Master of Science in Epidemiology student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She concentrates in reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric health and occupational health. Katie graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science in 2019. She is interested in climate related impacts on maternal and child health, specifically in relation to environmental exposures and gestational outcomes. While working with Harvard C-CHANGE, Katie hopes to gain research and advocacy skills to help healthcare systems become more proactive to climate related events.