Spring 2022 Rose Service Learning Fellows

Prior Rose Service Learning Fellows

Alya Alsager

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Alya is a Master of Science student in the Department of Global Health and Population. Her research interests are largely focused on risk and protective factors in early childhood development. Alya has had prior experience in program measurement and evaluation, where she focused on the impact of childcare intervention on executive functioning in Middle Eastern children. For her project, Alya will be working alongside members of a Nairobi-based NGO on…

Esias Bedingar - RSL Fellow 2022 (2)

Esias Bedingar

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Esias is a doctoral student in Health Systems in the Global Health and Population department. Esias is interested in identifying health system priorities, designing health insurance schemes, and measuring their impact on access and quality of care in Chad. Esias’ project focuses on assessing the perceptions and beliefs of the Chadian youth (aged 15-24) on sexuality as it relates to HIV and AIDS transmission and prevention.

Alina Bhojani

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Alina is a first-year Master of Science student in the Department of Global Health & Population with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She is passionate about early childhood development, with a particular interest in early childcare and education in low-and middle-income countries. In partnership with Kidogo, Alina’s project will focus on the holistic development of young children in Kenya.  

Jen Cruz

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Jen is a first-generation PhD student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She was born and raised in Wapato, WA – a small, rural community located on the Yakama Reservation that continues to inspire her academic work and organizing efforts. Jen is passionate about the intersection of community, public health, and equity. Her doctoral research is focused on how we can best integrate epidemiological methods into community-centered work…

Christian Groth-Hoover

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Christian is the co-investigator of the firearm exposure research team at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, where he conducts research on gun use, environmental toxicant exposures, mental illness, and violent injury. His work has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Herald, the Incidental Economist, WBUR and National Public Radio. Christian is also a part-time Health Policy MPH student. Recent research indicates that lead-based ammunition for firearms is a…

Sahir Iqbal

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Sahir is an MPH student in the department of Health and Social Behavior. He is deeply passionate about advancing equity in communities with a history of injustice, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people. Prior to attending Harvard, Sahir co-founded Lighthouse LGBT, a platform that helps increase access to inclusive care for the LGBTQIA+ community. He also executive produced Alaskan Nets, an award-winning documentary that depicts the unique challenges faced by the…

Benita Kayembe

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Benita is a Master of Science student in the Department of Global Health and Population. Her passion is to improve social determinants of health globally, focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Subsaharan Africa. Benita’s background in International Agriculture and Development Sociology informed her interest in using qualitative research to address socio-economic challenges that underprivileged communities face. Benita’s project focuses on evaluating the effects of artisanal mining on…

Brianna Keefe-Oates

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Brianna Keefe-Oates is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Population Health Sciences in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department. She studies how policies and community-based activism can influence inequities in access to reproductive health services and health outcomes, especially during the pregnancy and postpartum periods. Her current research focuses on understanding abortion care access and quality after abortion was legalized in Argentina and how parental leave impacts postpartum care attendance in…

Jonathan Lee

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Jonathan is an MPH student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department, also working on a dual degree in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is particularly interested in the built environment determinants of health and how we can improve population health using tools from urban planning and design. This project will focus on engaging with the residents of Allston-Brighton to plan for a healthy and…

Jessica Zamborain Mason

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Jessica is an interdisciplinary quantitative marine scientist passionate about coral reef ecosystems who aims to contribute towards achieving ecologic, social and economic sustainability in the world’s fisheries. Currently, Jessica is a postdoctoral research fellow in planetary health in the departments of nutrition and environmental health. Her research takes a nutritional lens to fisheries, integrating nutritional outcomes into fisheries reference points and examining the consequences of climate change, human use and…

Tatenda Mujeni

Tatenda Mujeni

A native of Harare, Zimbabwe, Tatenda Mujeni is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Tatenda’s research interests are in health systems strengthening, particularly through health quality improvement in low resource settings. Tatenda is particularly interested in a people-centered approach in improving the quality of care in the health system and ensuring that health service provision meets the needs and expectations…

Emily Murphy

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Emily is an MPH candidate in Nutrition. Prior to Harvard, Emily worked for a value-based healthcare system where she learned program design and evaluation, project implementation, and organizational management. She has served as a community volunteer in the food access space and has policy and advocacy experience through her work with a national anti-hunger campaign. Emily is interested in studying and addressing the health effects of food insecurity and poor…

Nicholas Nguyen

Nicholas Nguyen

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Nick is an MPH candidate in the Health Policy and Management department who is passionate about improving health equity through education and communication. Growing up in the Kelly House right off of Dorchester Avenue, Nick has a deep connection with the neighborhood’s Vietnamese community. His parents and grandfather helped many Vietnamese immigrants transition to their new lives through the Vietnamese American Civic Association and as a local pharmacist. Nick intends…

Stacey’s project, in collaboration with UNAIDS and the El Salvador Ministry of Health HIV Unit, focuses on identifying systemic and social barriers that prevent participation in health-seeking behaviors among people living with HIV in San Salvador.

Stacey Ruiz

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Stacey is passionate about incorporating her love for science and healthcare through global health. She is a Master of Science student in the Department of Global Health & Population. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health, with an emphasis on HIV prevention and health equity in Latin America. Stacey’s project, in collaboration with UNAIDS and the El Salvador Ministry of Health HIV Unit, focuses on identifying systemic and social…

Kaitlin Schroeder

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Kaitlin is a Master of Public Health student in the Health & Social Behavior program, with a concentration in Public Health Leadership. She has spent the past few years working in pediatric oncology clinical research, and she is interested in the intersection between social determinants of health and cancer control. At HSPH, she has also been involved in a research project examining the impacts of COVID-19 in Massachusetts schools, with…

Daniel Viana

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Daniel Viana is a fisheries scientist working at the intersection of marine conservation and public health. He is currently a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health examining the global implications of marine protected area expansion for human health and nutrition. Daniel’s project focuses on developing local capacity to tackle overfishing and malnutrition problems in Southwest Madagascar.

Maggie Weese

Rose Service Learning Fellow

Maggie Weese is a joint Master’s degree student in Public Health and Urban Planning at Harvard University. Prior to coming to Harvard, she worked as a program associate at the SAGE Fund, a collaborative fund working to strengthen human rights accountability for economic actors and address critical gaps in protection created by the global economy. Maggie earned a Bachelor’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, minoring in Environmental Science…