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Katherine Crabtree received a BA in biological sciences from University of Chicago and first became involved in community health working for Health Leads there and volunteering at a free clinic in her hometown of Owensboro, KY. These experiences led her to pursue an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics at UC Berkeley, with a thesis on the relationship between food insecurity and diabetes as she also worked with vulnerable populations in Oakland at Alameda County Community Food Bank. These experiences informed her choice to attend medical school at UC Davis in Sacramento, where she was a co-director for a student-run free clinic serving homeless patients. She also engaged in issues around refugee health, working with World Relief, a refugee resettlement organization, and became involved in global health by developing a study comparing education around care for Hmong refugees at both UC Davis and in Laos; volunteering with Flying Samaritans in Baja and CMDA in Honduras; and learning about food insecurity and health in Kabale, Uganda through a placement with CFHI. She entered the global medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2014 and has continued to work in Uganda, with a focus on refugee health in Uganda and on refugee health education in Boston. In the future she hopes to continue to work in community health and engage health care providers in improving care in refugee and immigrant health in domestic settings and abroad.
Jana Jarolimova is currently a resident in Internal Medicine/Global Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her B.S. in molecular biology from Brown University. Through work with Health Leads during her undergraduate studies, Jana became increasingly interested in issues of local and international health disparities. Jana attended Harvard Medical School, where she continued to learn about socioeconomic barriers to health in Boston and abroad. While in medical school, she helped found several student-faculty primary care clinics serving disadvantaged patient populations in the Boston area and developed a model to deliver social service resources to patients at these clinics. She also taught sexual education in Boston Public Schools, worked in rural Mexico studying disparities in women’s access to prenatal care, and worked long-term in rural Uganda on community health worker training and community-based primary healthcare. During residency, she is working on several projects related to disparities in women's reproductive health in Boston and Uganda.
Shruthi Rajashekara, MD, MMSc is currently a resident in Primary Care/Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Purdue University. She was then chosen as a Fulbright Scholar to Zambia where she worked with the ZAMBART Project, an affiliate of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as well as the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, to study interventions targeting HIV/TB coinfection. As a student at Harvard Medical School, Shruthi worked as an HIV counselor at a community clinic, coordinated a clinical global health course for fellow medical students, and worked with village health workers as well as a Boston-based NGO to establish a bicycle program in Northern Uganda. She also worked with community health representatives in Navajo Nation to understand barriers to healthy food access and was in the first class of graduates from the Masters of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery program. Her current projects include medical advocacy for immigration detainees as well as refugee health in southwestern Uganda.
Sophia Kostelanetz is a 2nd year in the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Sophia was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the age of 5 moved to the United States where she lived in Missouri, Indiana, Louisiana, and Massachusetts. She completed her bachelor’s degree, her MD, and her MPH at Tufts University. Through her exposure to diverse cultures and lifestyles while growing up, she discovered a passion for serving the underserved through both medicine and global health. This drove her work as a leader in Sharewood, a student-run clinic at Tufts, as well as her work with Partners In Health (PIH) during her undergraduate and graduate years. With PIH, she has worked in the Boston office on development, research, training, and Ebola protocol development, as well as a year working in Haiti on the monitoring, evaluation and quality improvement team. She has also spent time working or teaching in a variety of global health settings including in Peru, Central America, Rwanda and Russia. During residency, she has continued to return to work in Haiti on operational research and capacity building projects with PIH and Equal Health. In the future she hopes to have the opportunity to pursue fellowship training in quality improvement and health systems research, and apply this learning to improving care for underserved populations locally and globally.
Ravi is a 4th year medical student at Yale University School of Medicine, which included a year as a research assistant in the Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation. Prior to medical school, he worked with the MIT Jameel Poverty Action Lab in Bihar, India, managing RCT evaluations of education and health projects. He holds a B.S. in Molecular Genetics and a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. His academic interests are in FDA regulation, global health systems delivery, and infectious diseases.