Spring 2019 Rose Service Learning Fellows

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Cristina Alonso

Through community based participatory research, Cristina will create a questionnaire that reflects marginalized Canadians´ experience in childbirth. Cristina is a Doctor of Public Health specializing in Sexual and Reproductive Health. She worked for 18 years in Latin America improving access to safe abortion and childbirth. She worked with the Mexican Ministry of Health to integrate midwifery into the health care system and is a global leader in expending birth centers…

Murphy Barney

Murphy’s project focuses on storytelling and how it can be used as a healing tool, as well as a method of creating community, health, and equity. Murphy is an MPH candidate in the Department of Global Health and Population with a concentration on Human Rights, Humanitarian Studies and Ethics. Her greatest joy is being a sister. Murphy grew up in North Dakota and is interested in programming around stories, kindness,…

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Marisa Bellantonio

Marisa is developing a SWOT analysis of the state of existing health services, especially behavioral health, for underserved communities in Prince George’s County through interviewing key stakeholders and community members. Marisa is an MPH-65 student in the Global Health and Population department. Her professional background is in advocacy and communications around public health and environmental issues in the US and internationally. Her interest areas include behavioral health, improving access to…

Jane Carpenter

Jane’s project focuses on developing a framework to understand the factors that promote mental well-being in early childhood in Cambridge, with the ultimate goal of identifying strategies to reduce the mental and physical health disparities that emerge during this developmental stage. Jane is an MPH-65 student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, with an interdisciplinary concentration in Maternal and Child Health. Her research interests include the social, behavioral, and…

Irene Casey

Irene’s project looks at how health services can engage with families and caregivers, including children, more effectively. Irene is an MPH student in the social and behavioral sciences department. Her research interests are the public health effects of mental illness and children of parents with a mental illness. Before beginning her MPH, she worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and received her B.A. from Yale University.

Maia Gokhale

Maia is focusing her efforts on expanding the reach of the Children’s Environmental Health Network’s Eco-Healthy Childcare (EHCC) Program, which is a network and resource base for home and center-based daycare providers who wish to reduce environmental hazards in their classrooms and promote health equity among the children in their care. Maia is pursuing an MPH in the Environmental Health department, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She…

Matt Hughsam

Matt is co-creating a capacity building program and broader strategy for young mental health innovator networks in Nairobi and Chennai with citiesRISE. Matt aims to pursue global health justice through community organizing, adaptive leadership, and innovation. Before grad school, Matt designed and implemented Deworm the World’s first knowledge management and learning strategy, supporting deworming programs that reached over 270 million children in 2017. Previously, Matt worked with Grand Challenges Canada…

Benjamin Kasdan

Benjamin’s project focuses on supporting sexual and reproductive health programming in crisis and post-crisis settings. Benjamin is an MPH student in the Global Health and Population department. His interests are in maternal and child health with a particular focus on access to high quality obstetric and newborn care in low resource settings.

Hae In Kim

Hae-In’s project focuses on developing a Community Health Needs Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan for Boston Children’s Hospital through community engagement and data analysis. Hae-In is an MPH-65 student in the SBS department. Before coming to Harvard Hae-In worked for non-profits and local government in sunny Southern California. Hae-In has been trained around program evaluation, community engagement and needs assessments. In her future career Hae-In is interested in addressing health inequities…

Sarah Klem

Sarah is working with CMBM to develop and expand partnerships with health organizations in Jordan serving refugees in Jordan Sarah is an MPH student in the Global Health department. Her professional background is in digital health solutions, with experience in the US, the Netherlands, Denmark, Tanzania, Liberia, and Ethiopia. Her research and post-Harvard professional interests are in refugee mental health, humanitarian systems, and the interaction of technology and human rights…

Sitara Mahtani

Sitara’s project focuses on exploring the results of an oral health screening program for schoolchildren in Cambridge, and assessing how the program can be expanded. Sitara is an MPH student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her academic interests include program planning, implementation, and evaluation; health literacy; and reproductive health. She is pursuing Concentrations in Health Communication and Women, Gender, and Health at HSPH. Prior to starting at…

Abrania Marrero-Hernandez

Through a mixed methods study and in collaboration with a community organization in Puerto Rico, Abrania’s research seeks to assess agricultural resources, social connectedness, and physiological stress after Hurricane Maria. Abrania is a doctoral student completing a degree in Population Health Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests seek to investigate the intersection of health, environmental sustainability, and human flourishing. Currently, her work integrates methods…

Alicia Nelson

Alicia is communicating the health effects of PM2.5 to decision makers and wood burning stove owners, aiming to promote community-driven solutions within an EPA nonattainment area. Alicia is an MPH-65 Health Policy student from Norfolk, VA. She graduated with a BA from the University of Minnesota in 2015, and ultimately decided to pursue an MPH after working on prenatal substance use in the Deep South. Since coming to HSPH, she…

Monica Nirmala

Monica’s project explores the model and implementation of Total Health, a CSR initiative by Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd, that provides holistic health care to 60,000 people in Thavanampalle Mandal (Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India) starting from the birth, through their journey into childhood, adolescence, adulthood and in the latter years of lives. Monica is an MPH student from Indonesia, in Global Health and Population department. Her interests lie on the intersection…

Edwin Palmer

Ned’s project involved mapping noncommunicable disease related deaths after Hurricane Maria to identify health systems failures and improve the resilience and preparedness of Dominican communities for future storm. Ned is an MPH student in Global Health, while also a global health fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. Previously, he has worked in India, Palestine, Nepal, Laos, Malawi and the Navajo Nation. His research interests are in community preparedness and resilience in…

Urvashi Pandya

Urvashi’s project examines the effect of providing access to free fruits & vegetables through the service of a mobile produce market on dietary habits, health outcomes, and healthcare costs, as well as the ways in which the Greater Boston Food Bank might improve the accessibility, availability, and acceptability of the mobile produce market and the foods that it distributes. Urvashi is a master’s student in the Department of Social and…

Sian Tsuei

Sian’s project aims to inform future policies by exploring what factors would motivate rural primary health care providers to take up artificial intelligence algorithms for better medical care. Sian is a doctoral student in the Global Health and Populations Department. He was trained as a family physician in Canada and is now interested in health systems policies, specifically around financial and behavioral interventions. He is also interested in medical education.

Kelsey Vercammen

Kelsey’s project is with The Greater Boston Food Bank, where she is contributing to focus groups examining a mobile produce market initiative and examining data from a survey measuring hunger among food pantry users. Kelsey Vercammen is a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology. Her research portfolio focuses on nutritional epidemiology, with particular areas of interest including causes and points of intervention for obesity, as well as the role…