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Current Health Justice Scholars

M20 Class

William Hirschfeld is an MD/MPH student in the Maine Track at Tufts School of Medicine. He grew up in Shutesbury, MA and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Studies. After college, Will spent two formative years doing a community health fellowship with Healthy Harlem at the Harlem Children's Zone, a non-profit dedicated to ending the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem. His role as a community health fellow involved teaching nutrition lessons and leading fitness activities for youth in Grades K-12; leading a weekly cardio boxing class for Harlem adults; and coordinating the hiring of nutrition educators, health educators, and fitness specialists across almost 30 after-school program sites. It was during this fellowship that Will gained a passion for health promotion in underserved communities. As a member of the Ho Health Justice Scholars program, he hopes to gain a better sense of the ways in which physicians can address health disparities and promote social and racial justice.

Linhchi Pham was born in Seattle, Washington where her parents met and emigrated to from Vietnam. She spent the first 10 years of her life living on the border of West Seattle and White Center, thriving on the diverse communities of immigrants and refugees. Weekends were lovingly spent at her grandparents' home and Vietnamese school, both in Seattle's vibrant Chinatown-International District. Her family's challenges with accessing healthcare fueled her passion to fill this gap for members of her community as a physician. Linhchi attended the University of Washington, earning a B.S in Biomedical Engineering with honors. Her research on HIV preventative technology for women sparked her interest in the social-economic conditions that affect health outcomes. Upon graduating, she worked as a patient navigator at the International Community Health Services, a community health center for immigrants and refugees in Seattle. Helping her patients address specific barriers around health, including housing and transportation, taught her the vital need for community engagement and a multidisciplinary approach to medicine. These formative experiences shaped her desire to provide longitudinal care for medically underserved communities and to empower those around her. As a Ho Health Justice Scholar student, she is thrilled to gain more knowledge in immigrant health, care delivery improvement, community health initiatives, and patient advocacy.

Sydney Ford grew up in Brunswick, Maine and graduated from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2013 with a MA in International Relations. She completed her Masters in Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health, where her desire to work in health care with marginalized populations was solidified. Her focus during her masters was in global health, with a particular interest in people living with HIV/AIDS and women's reproductive health. She has worked with an organization based in Portland, ME that aims to develop sustainable health care systems in Cap-Haitian, Haiti since 2012. She had the opportunity to travel to Cap-Haitian in 2014, where she evaluated a training program for traditional birth attendants. Sydney is in the Maine Track program here at Tufts School of Medicine, and hopes to continue her interest in working with underserved populations in Maine. Her particular academic interests currently are in addiction medicine and obstetrics. She is excited to be part of the Health Justice Scholar community, and hopes it will be a platform to engage in difficult and important discussions about health equity and the future of health care.

Emma Livne graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in Global Studies, with a concentration in Sustainable Social Change and Middle Eastern conflict. Within her local community, she worked at the needle exchange Prevention Point Pittsburgh, and volunteered in children's hospitals providing recreational services to long-term patients. Her interest in Public Health led her to study abroad in India, conducting independent fieldwork on the origins and persistence of child malnutrition. Following, she pursued research on the perpetuation and reform of violence against women in India. After graduation she served as the Community Mobilization Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA at Vital Village Network: a child and family health and wellness non-profit. Emma's interest in working with underserved communities is focused around strengthening opportunity structures that support protective factors, community capacity and family resilience, particularly for young children. In the Ho Health Justice Scholars program, she hopes to build understanding of how to deliver compassionate, deep-reaching care with limited resources.

Janelle Driscoll grew up in Andover, MA and attended Tulane University, where she studied public health as an undergrad. She received her Masters of Public Health from Tulane University, in Global and Community Health. Janelle's interest in underserved communities began with numerous community service projects throughout high school and transformed into an interest in underserved medicine during her MPH research in New Orleans. After graduation, she worked at a community health center in Boston and experienced first-hand the important role primary care plays in population health. As a member of the Ho Health Justice Scholars program, Janelle looks forward to learning more in-depth about every Boston community, while gaining broader national and international perspectives from her peers and mentors.

Raised in New York, Alexander Jordan graduated from Fordham University in 2015 where he studied biology and English language and literature. His experiences during his undergraduate career at Concourse House, a transitional center for women and their children in the South Bronx, confirmed his desire to pursue medicine with a focus on underserved urban populations. After establishing the Nutrition Health Initiative, an ongoing educational program that teaches the essentials of healthy eating to elementary and middle school students who reside at Concourse House, he appreciated the need to address the social determinants of health, such as access to high-quality, nutritional meals, when caring for individuals living in low-income regions. During his year following graduation, Alex volunteered with the LGBT Youth Drop-In Center at St. Luke's in the Fields in lower Manhattan. Here, he organized a sexual health and dating discussion group as well as a fundraiser for MetroCards in order to offer the clients of St. Luke's access to medical appointments, shelters, and hot meals provided by organizations in the outer boroughs. Ultimately, he aspires to become a physician who advocates for an array of socioeconomically and historically disadvantaged communities. As a Ho Health Justice Scholar, he is enthusiastic to work with like-minded students who share his passion for social justice and his unyielding devotion to the well being of his future patients.

Dominique Prue is originally from the Washington, DC area. She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, where she was first exposed to community-based participatory research as a field researcher with the Guatemala Health Initiative. Before matriculating at Tufts School of Medicine, she worked as an asthma educator and clinic coordinator for IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic at Children's National Health System. This opportunity affirmed her desire to integrate clinical medicine with public health and social justice throughout her career in order to address the medical needs and improve clinical outcomes in marginalized patient populations. She is very excited to learn and work with peer on topics of social justice, health equity, and adaptive cultural competency in partnership with Boston communities.

Clara Bieck grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and spent her summers in the rural town of Willsboro, NY. After attending St. Thomas Aquinas for high school, she moved to Boston to attend Tufts University for her undergraduate education, where she majored in biology. Upon graduation in 2014, she drove across the country to Los Angeles, CA, where she worked for 2 years as a clinical research coordinator at Dermatology Research Associates. Her interest in the health of underserved populations began with her experiences of the health care differences between urban south Florida and rural upstate New York. This interest deepened after working closely with uninsured, impoverished, and largely Hispanic immigrant populations through her job in Los Angeles. The personal stories of struggle and heartache with the healthcare system from patients and friends, together with her own experiences in rural New York, largely inspired her to apply to medical school. Through the Ho Health Justice Scholars program, she hopes to develop the skills to be an effective physician for underserved populations, while also becoming a competent advocate for these communities in a volatile, complicated, and evolving healthcare landscape.