Spring 2021 Rose Service Learning Fellows

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Veronica Handunge

Veronica is an MPH-65 student in the department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is a first-generation student who is passionate about health equity and racial justice. Veronica is interested in using community-engaged and qualitative methods to promote health equity and access to health-related goods in underserved and historically marginalized populations. Veronica is a Gates Millennium Scholar and has a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior, and Business Management from Columbia…

Brandon McBay

Brandon is an MPH candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences with dual concentrations in Humanitarian Studies, Ethics, & Human Rights and Women, Gender, & Health. His professional experience has largely been in the clinical research space, having worked in emergency and critical care contexts. Since coming to Harvard, he has most recently been exploring the effects of protracted emergencies on care delivery and the intersection of maternal…

Hannah Jin

Hannah is an MPH candidate in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department with concentrations in Nutrition & Global Health and Health Communications. She is interested in studying malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries and researching how their cultures and environments influence the diets of its community members. She also has an interest in health communications and how digital technologies can be used to impact health in global and vulnerable populations.…

Vanessa Acosta

Vanessa is a second year MPH-65 student in the department of Health and Social Behavior and is also concentrating in Maternal & Child Health. Her interests lie in child health, health & racial equity, and immigrant health. Vanessa received a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley, and previously worked providing care coordination services for low-income families in San Francisco. She hopes to utilize her MPH to build system-level initiatives…

Cassandra Skapek

Casey is a MPH-65 student in the department of Health Management and Policy and is pursuing an interdisciplinary concentration in Population Mental Health. She is interested in the intersection of physical, mental, and community wellbeing and reducing global inequities in access to mental health services. Previously, she worked as a health services researcher and has a B.S. in Biology and Global Health from Georgetown University. In her free time, you…

Samuel Mendez

Sam is a doctoral student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. Their research interests are around health equity, health communication, and community engagement. Their background is in media arts, which is a lens Sam wants to bring to communication and community engagement for health equity. Sam’s project focuses on stakeholder interviews to inform a self-assessment for Tribes/Tribal organizations to gauge their own readiness for a pilot program to establish…

Even Paglisotti

Even is a second year doctoral student in the Population Health Sciences PhD program. Their field of study is Social and Behavioral Sciences and their research interests include social epidemiology and transgender health, with a focus on social and structural determinants of mental well-being among transgender and nonbinary adolescents. Prior to beginning their doctoral work, Even worked as a Data Analyst Coordinator in youth violence prevention research at UPMC Children’s…

Sarah Tsay

Sarah is a Doctor of Public Health student with a background in humanitarian assistance and emergency management. She comes to HSPH with several years of experience at NYC Emergency Management, where she guided policies in emergency response and monitoring and evaluation. Sarah served as a Health and Medical Emergency Support Function Coordinator in NYC’s response to COVID-19, addressing immediate needs across the healthcare sector, and remains involved in recovery efforts…

Elizabeth Hentschel

Elizabeth is a mixed-methods researcher and doctoral student interested in developing techniques to better understand measurement pathways that influence children’s early development. Previously, Elizabeth has worked on maternal and child health-related research projects in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Vietnam, and India. She is deeply interested in psychometric measurement, program evaluation, qualitative research, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Elizabeth’s will partner with Aga Khan University to assess the cross-cultural relevance of a tool developed…

Ellen Chappelka

Ellen Chappelka is an MPH student in the Healthcare Management. Her research interests include rural healthcare, health and the built environment, and transportation health. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tulane University with a BS in Public Health and a minor in urban studies. Prior to Harvard, Ellen also worked as an EMT for New Orleans EMS and as a health systems specialist for the Air Force with a focus…

Lesley Baseman

Lesley is a Masters student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is interested in policies to promote access to high quality care for vulnerable populations, and in particular in eliminating the role of racism in the delivery of health care. Lesley’s project focuses on bringing community and expert voices to hearings related to the state’s COVID response so as to better prepare for any subsequent public health…

Bethany Kotlar

Bethany is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses on child development and family wellbeing in the context of mass incarceration. She also holds the title of “mom” to one preschooler and two middle-aged cats. Bethany is undertaking a qualitative project that seeks to understand how mothers who give birth during their incarceration find caregivers for their infants and how these caregivers…

Aharisi Bonner

Aharisi Bonner is an MPH candidate in the department of Health Policy. Prior to Harvard, she obtained her Bachelors in Urban Studies and Sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Aharisi’s professional background consists of examining social determinants of health and researching reproductive health policies. She is passionate about health insurance policy and its intersection with reproductive healthcare- specifically, the expansion of Medicaid and insurance payment models. Aharisi’s project focuses on…

Alexandra Gugliuzza

Alex (she/her) is an MPH candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. With a background in healthcare consulting for local and federal government, Alex intimately recognizes both the devastating and restorative power of policy. She is committed to unraveling systems of oppression and addressing upstream determinants of health among marginalized communities using community-engaged and anti-racist methods. Alex has a BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell University and enjoys…