Spring 2020 Rose Service Learning Fellows

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Jasmine Akuffo

Jasmine Akuffo

Jasmine’s project is a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) into the use of Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks for older adults applying to housing in Hampden County, MA. Jasmine Akuffo is a current MPH-candidate in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests lay at the intersection of mass incarceration and housing instability. She is particularly interested in examining these topics through a critical race lense, using qualitative…

Vanessa Beltran

Vanessa’s project aims to explore the connection between the history of colonization, structural racism in our food systems, evidence-based nutrition education, and collaborative meal preparation of healthy, whole foods. Vanessa is a Registered Dietitian and an MPH-65 student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is pursuing a concentration in Public Health Leadership and Health Communication. Vanessa’s research interests include the development of transformative learning experiences, culinary nutrition,…

Hye Young Choi

Hye Young’s project aims to understand how to best support community-based health workers (CBHWs) with lived experiences of homelessness, substance use, and incarceration by interviewing CBHWs about their sense of purpose at work, hopes for personal and professional growth, and opportunities to redress misunderstandings and difficult work environments enabled by healthcare institutions and structural injustices. Hye Young is an MPH-65 student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. She is…

Kaela Connors

Kaela will be mapping the food environment in areas densely populated by Venezuelan refugees in Trinidad and Tobago to inform local policy on interventions that promote prevention and management strategies for chronic disease in this population. Kaela is a first year Master of Science Student in the Global Health and Population Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan school. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in…

Madison Esposito

Madison Esposito

Madison’s project is the development of a Indigenous informed and centered cross curricular project and inquiry based unit for ninth grade, resulting in a historical, scientific, traditional, and holistic understanding of community and public health. Madison is a citizen of the Tyme Maidu nation and current graduate student of public health in the Health and Social Behavior department. Madison focuses her work on salient Indigenous health issues such as the…

Kelsey Hunt

Kelsey’s project empowers and profits people with disabilities in Nova Scotia, working to reduce the complexity of applying for disability benefits in Canada and to encourage financial literacy. Kelsey is working on her Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences. As an undergraduate at Harvard College she turned her life-long love of Ancient Egypt into a passion for studying Arabic and the sociology of the Modern Middle East.…

Ryan Keen

Ryan’s project focuses on evaluating palliative cancer care programs for American Indians in the rural Northern Plains of South Dakota. Ryan is a Population Health Sciences doctoral student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ryan’s research interests include the intergenerational transmission, underlying pathways, and theoretical constructs of family homelessness. Inspired by his upbringing in the Appalachian Mountains, Ryan is also very interested in rural health, particularly how modifying…

Michelle Korte

Michelle’s project focuses on supporting capacity-strengthening for female public health researchers through the design of a mentorship program together with partners in Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan, and mapping maternal and newborn health national policies in these countries to inform future research and advocacy. Michelle is an MPH student in the Department of Global Health and Population. Her background includes coordinating impact evaluations of development interventions in…

Ruhi Nath

Ruhi will be developing a standard blueprint for nonprofit community organizations on how to apply health equity tools and frameworks to improve health outcomes, both in crisis and non-crisis scenarios, for marginalized communities. Ruhi is a Masters of Public Health student in Health Management. Her research interests focus on improving access to culturally competent healthcare for marginalized communities, especially those who are disproportionately affected by violence, including women and those…

Sarah Page

Sarah’s project focuses on evaluating the MA Department of Public Health’s programming related to the transition from pediatric to adult health care for youth with special health needs. Sarah is a master’s student in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department. Her primary areas of interest in public health are maternal and child health and health communication. Her work focuses on program evaluation and implementation in those areas.

Dana Rosenberg

Dana will be completing two projects for the Community Benefits Office: updating Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s breast lay health advisor (LHA) curriculum and creating a summary digest of the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Dana is an MPH student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2016. After working as a registered nurse in…

Jessica Schiff

Jess’s project focuses on assessing the impacts of climate change on rural communities in Mexico and analyzing policies and programs that strengthen community resilience to climate disasters in an effort to make tailored recommendations for programs that alleviate poverty and strengthen resilience. Jessica Schiff is a first year Master of Public Health student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is interested in the intersection between climate…

Jenna Sherman

The overarching goal of the project “Birth Beyond Bars: Assessing Caregiver and Infant Needs” is to gain a better understanding of the context in which the caregivers of the babies of incarcerated women are operating and what challenges they face across health, finances, and housing, and how those variables impact the infants and their health outcomes. Jenna Sherman is an MPH student in the department of Social Behavioral Sciences, where…

Samantha Tracy

Samantha’s project focuses on using public health data to advocate for carbon pricing initiatives to reduce global climate change outcomes and improve air quality, while networking environmental action groups, academics, legislators and scientists to push for stricter emissions regulations on a state level. Samantha is a masters student in the Department of Environmental Health. Her research focuses on the alterations of pollutant cycling due to climate change impacts particularly in…