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. 

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Natalie Ezem

Natalie Ezem (she/her) is a student in the Master of Science in Global Health and Population program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to her time at Harvard, she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Global Health and Chemistry from Duke University. Natalie also has extensive experience in … Continue reading “Natalie Ezem”

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”

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Kynza Khimani

MPH student
Department of Global Health & Population

Kynza Khimani (she/her) received her Master’s student from 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), specifically … Continue reading “Kynza Khimani”

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Samuel Mendez

Research assistant
Center for Health Communication

Sam’s research focuses on the intersection of health communication, media, and technology. Their dissertation examines the use of AI-driven tools in health literacy assessments, as well as ways to understand health communication beyond the transfer of information. As a student advisory board member, Sam is looking forward to contributing their viewpoint to better link students … Continue reading “Samuel Mendez”

Katherine Rapp, Center for Health Communication student advisory board memeber

Katherine Rapp

MPH student
Generalist program

Katherine Rapp (she/her) is a student in the Master in Public Health Generalist program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she brings experience in both science and communications. She currently works as a communications strategist for nonprofits, medical associations, and patient advocacy organizations at JPA Health, a public relations agency exclusively … Continue reading “Katherine Rapp”

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Jordan Tralins

Jordan Tralins (she/her) is a first year Pathways medical student at Harvard Medical School. Before coming to Harvard, Jordan received her undergraduate degree in Human Biology, Health, and Society from Cornell University with minors in Health Equity and Human Development. As an undergraduate student, Jordan founded The COVID Campus Coalition, a grassroots organization that was … Continue reading “Jordan Tralins”

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Meng Meng Xu

Research assistant
Center for Health Communication

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”