Student Advisory Board

The students and recent alumni on our Student Advisory Board help shape Center for Health Communication programs, ensuring they are grounded in student needs. 

Photo of CHC student advisory board member Sarthak Agarwal

Sarthak Agarwal

Doctoral student, Population Health Sciences
Department of Nutrition

Sarthak Agarwal (he/him) is a first-year doctoral student of Population Health Sciences with a focus on Public Health Nutrition. Before joining Harvard, he graduated with a Master of Public Policy specializing in Food and Nutrition Policy from the University of Minnesota and studied food science during his undergraduate. His academic interests include food security and … Continue reading “Sarthak Agarwal”

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Connor Dowd

Alum (Harvard College Class of 2023)

Connor (he/him) graduated from Harvard College in 2023 with a BA in Applied Mathematics and Biology. While at Harvard he wrote for both the Harvard Crimson and Harvard Chan School’s Center for Health Communications. Currently a computational associate at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Connor is interested in studying the impact of genetics … Continue reading “Connor Dowd”

Disha Ganjegunte, Harvard Chan School student and CHC advisory board member

Disha Ganjegunte

Masters student, Global Health and Population
Department of Global Health & Population

From El Paso, Texas, Disha Ganjegunte is a current student in the Masters of Global Health and Population program at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She graduated from Texas Tech University double majoring in Nutritional Sciences and General Studies; with minors in Chemistry, Biology, and Theatre:Acting. As a first-generation student in the US, Disha … Continue reading “Disha Ganjegunte”

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Sylvia Hartmann

MPH student
Department of Health Policy and Management

Sylvia Hartmann (she/her) is a Master’s student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. A medical doctor with a degree from Charité Berlin in Germany, Sylvia has more than six years of experience in climate change and health and planetary health. She co-founded the German Alliance on Climate Change and Health, serving as its … Continue reading “Sylvia Hartmann”

Photo of CHC student advisory board member Sarah Henkel

Sarah Henkel

Alum (MPH Class of 2022)
Senior strategist, 21 Grams

Sarah Henkel (she/her) is a communication strategist and received her MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2022. As a student at Chan, Sarah focused on health communication and literacy in order to drive health equity and community-driven engagement. For her practicum, Sarah worked with a Boston-based … Continue reading “Sarah Henkel”

Photo of CHC student advisory board member Kynza Khimani

Kynza Khimani

MPH student
Department of Global Health & Population

Kynza Khimani (she/her) is a first-year Master’s student in the Department of Global Health & Population. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2022, where she studied Physiology & Neurobiology and Public Health. As an undergraduate student, she conducted research examining the experiences of children and families with PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder), … Continue reading “Kynza Khimani”

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Samuel Mendez

Doctoral student, Population Health Sciences
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sam (they/them) is in the PhD program in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. Their work focuses on organizational health literacy and bridging public health communication research with their background in media studies theory and artistic practice. As a student advisory board member, Sam is looking forward to contributing their viewpoint … Continue reading “Samuel Mendez”

Elissa Scherer - MPH in social and behavioral sciences at Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Elissa Scherer

MPH student
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Elissa Scherer (she/her) is a second-year MPH student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. At Harvard, Elissa contributes to several research projects, including (1) an intervention seeking to improve communication between cancer patients and their adult-child caregivers and (2) an evaluation of the Center for Health Communication’s Creators Summit on Mental Health. She is also … Continue reading “Elissa Scherer”

Sarah Wang, MPH candidate at Harvard Chan School, and CHC student advisory board member

Sarah J.M. Wang

MPH student
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sarah J.M. Wang (she/her) is a first-year master’s student of Social and Behavioral Science with a focus on Public Health Nutrition. Before joining Harvard, she was a Vice Chair of the California Public Interest Group (CalPIRG) at the University of California, Irvine, where she helped lead the “Stop the Antibiotic Overuse” campaign. She is also … Continue reading “Sarah J.M. Wang”

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Meng Meng Xu

MPH student
Department of Health Policy and Management

Meng Meng Xu (she/her) is the Clinical Director of Eye Services at the South Boston Community Health Center and a faculty member at the New England College of Optometry. She has 10 years of experience delivering eye care to underserved communities and designing international educational programs in eye care.  She also mentors international students on … Continue reading “Meng Meng Xu”