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Rachel Bishop is pursuing an MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is currently serving as a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow at the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in the Massachusetts state house. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2013 with a major in neuroscience, where she co-authored several articles on synaptic plasticity in the spinal cord and mesolimbic dopamine system. Most recently, she worked as the Program Manager with Health Leads at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, supervising the delivery of social service referrals to 1400+ Medicaid patients annually. She is primarily interested in reproductive justice, medical racism, and the socio-political determinants of health. Rachel brings her experience implementing a social determinants of health program as well as her passion for grassroots organizing to her graduate studies, where she is concentrating in Women, Gender, and Health.
Abraar Karan MD MPH DTM&H is an internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a member of the Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity. He is also a columnist at the British Medical Journal. He graduated from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he served as the Student Body President, and completed an MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He also earned a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His primary interests are in global health systems, medical ethics, and international health politics. He has worked in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia, with many vulnerable populations including sex workers, the disabled elderly, TB/AIDS co-infected patients, and those suffering from Neglected Tropical Diseases. His work has been published widely, including in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Lancet Global Health, The BMJ, Health Affairs, Academic Medicine, PLoS Translational Global Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, and Journal of Global Health. He has also written extensively for the laypress, including in LA Times, NPR, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, STAT News, and Scientific American. His book, “Protecting the Health of the Poor,” was released in December 2015. Abraar graduated with distinction in Political Science from Yale University in 2011 as a Journalism Scholar and Parker Huang Fellow. He was named a 2018 40 under 40 healthcare innovator by Medtech Boston, and a 2018 STAT Wunderkind.
Joe Elia is Editor/Writer at NEJM Journal Watch.