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#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Sahil Jiwani

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Meet Sahil Jiwani! Sahil is a second-year Epidemiology MPH candidate with interests in infectious diseases and genetic and molecular epidemiology. In this feature, Sahil talks about his current projects, advice for first-years, and his favorite coffee shops in Atlanta. Read more below!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2020 with a degree in Public Health and a minor in Business.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am currently working on a project under Dr. Julie Gazmararian and a team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looking at trends in COVID-19 infection rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) based on their respective COVID-19 return to campus policies. I am also going to be starting a position with the School of Medicine where I will be performing data analyses on clinical trial data.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory? 

My favorite part about earning my MPH at Emory has to be the immense amount of opportunities to engage in hands-on work as a Graduate Research Assistant. The staff and faculty at Rollins provide students with so many opportunities to engage in ongoing research, or even start new research projects, that meet their interests.

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students? 

Network with your peers and professors. Each student and faculty member has such a fascinating background and it is super cool to hear about all of their past experiences and current work. This is also a great ways for you to find opportunities that meet your interests!

 

How have you been spending your free time?

In my free time, I really enjoy going on runs around Atlanta. I also enjoy going on hikes, especially in North Georgia. I have also been exploring new food options around the area which has been nothing short of amazing.

 

If you currently live in Atlanta, what is one place that you would recommend people to visit?

I really enjoy studying at coffee shops around the city. Some of my favorites include Dancing Goats, Land of a Thousand Hills, Chocolate, and East Pole.

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you? 
  1. I love breakfast tacos.
  2. I have gone skydiving in Dubai.
  3. I was on a Bollywood fusion dance team in undergrad. 

 


 

Thanks for talking with us, Sahil! Tune in every Monday for a new feature on #WeAreEmoryEPI. 


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Jasmine Aqua

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Meet Jasmine Aqua! Jasmine is a second-year PhD student in the Epidemiology department. In this feature, she talks about her experience being a triple Eagle, her current projects, and some fun facts! Read more about Jasmine below. 

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school. 

I’m a triple Eagle! I graduated from Emory University in 2015 with a BA in English and in 2017 with an MPH in Global Epidemiology. I worked for a few years as a tuberculosis epidemiologist at the Georgia Department of Public Health, and now I’m back for my PhD.

 

What are your primary research interests?

My research focuses on the intersection of social epidemiology and immigrant health. I’m interested in studying how immigrant experiences (migration, acculturation, racial discrimination, etc.) impact cardiometabolic outcomes through a stress pathway. I’m also interested in studying how immigration policies and documentation status impact health outcomes.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I’m working on a few exciting projects. Within our department, I’m working on a systematic review of U.S. acculturation and sleep health outcomes in immigrant populations with Dr. Dayna Johnson and a manuscript on acculturative stress and cardiometabolic outcomes in Puerto Rican youth with Dr. Shakira Suglia. Outside of our department, I’m working with Emory nursing school professors on a pilot study of Korean and Chinese immigrants in Atlanta and with an Emory Sociology professor on COVID-19 vulnerability among undocumented immigrants in California.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

When applying for PhD programs, it was important to me that I felt connected to the program’s faculty and students and that my research interests were valued and supported. I was also looking for a school that was located within a diverse and vibrant community.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your PhD at Emory?

I love how Emory is so multidisciplinary – there are so many other departments, schools, institutes, etc. within the Emory umbrella that are doing great work and it’s really cool to collaborate across disciplines.

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. When I was in undergrad at Emory, I was a guard for our mascot Dooley!
  2. I’ve been teaching at Freedom University, a freedom school for undocumented immigrants banned from higher education in Georgia, since 2017.
  3. I’m obsessed with skincare products and my skincare routine is my favorite part of the day.

 


 

It was great getting to know you, Jasmine! Tune in next Monday to see who we feature next on #WeAreEmoryEPI. 


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Martha Sheets

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Meet Martha Sheets! Martha is a second-year Global Epidemiology MPH candidate. Their interests include Queer Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Family Planning. In this feature, Martha talks about what projects they’ve been working on, advice for first-years, and how they’ve been spending their free time! Read more below. 

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school. 

I graduated from undergrad in 2020 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science Neuroscience and minors in Global Health and Dance.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

Opportunities to engage with the greater community surrounding the school, collaborative atmosphere, application centered courses.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

I really appreciate how supportive and encouraging the professors are both in and out of the classroom. I’ve had the opportunity of engaging with teachers outside of the classroom setting and they are always so eager to help you find your way in public health and in the grand scheme of your life goals.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am currently working at PRISM Health (Programs and Research in Sexual Minority Health) on the Transpire study, which is a study specifically designed to support transmasculine individuals in HIV prevention through a mobile based app where participants can get sexual health information, order testing kits and various sexual health products, and other features. I am particularly excited about working in sexual health for queer/trans populations both because I am queer and the needs of LGBTQ+ communities must be better understood to improve quality of care. I am also working in the OBGYN Department of the Emory School of Medicine on the Contraceptive Hormones, Immunity, and Microbiome Evaluation (CHIME) study, which evaluates hormonal contraception in cis-women and its effect on the immune system and microbiome.

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?

Introduce yourself to professors and don’t be afraid to ask if they have any work opportunities! Networking is one of the best things about Rollins and the professors have so much knowledge and experience to share if you just initiate!

 

How have you been spending your free time? 

I like to choreograph dances in my spare time, or take online dance classes! I also just started learning the ukulele and painting again, which is a great de-stressor from homework

 

If you currently live in Atlanta, what is one place that you would recommend people to visit?

Tubing on the Chattahoochee river!

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. My older sister and I were both adopted from Shanghai, China
  2. I’ve lived in 9 states in the U.S.
  3. One of my favorite albums of all time is Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe.

 


 

Thanks for talking with us, Martha! Tune in every Monday for a new feature of #WeAreEmoryEPI.

 


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Jonathan Ackleh-Tingle

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Meet Jonathan Ackleh-Tingle! Jonathan is a second-year PhD student in the epidemiology program and a fifth-year MD-PhD student in the Emory MSTP program. In this feature, Jonathan talks about his current project, what drove him to Rollins, and his favorite things to do in Atlanta. Read more below!

 


 
Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I have a B.A. from Baylor University in Waco, TX, and an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

 

What are your primary research interests?

Broadly, I’m interested in infectious disease epidemiology. I’m still trying to figure out what sub-specialties I want to pursue within that field.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I’m working with Dr. Allison Chamberlain on a project to assess how well primary care physicians communicate about the COVID-19 vaccine, in an effort to address COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I applied to MD-PhD programs, so I also had to weigh the quality of the medical training in my decision. Ultimately, though, I chose Emory and RSPH because Emory has institutional connections with so many other public health organizations in Atlanta (and beyond), especially including the CDC and the Carter Center. Even if I didn’t personally leverage every one of those connections, I wanted to be part of a public health community at Rollins with a diversity of interests, experiences, and careers.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your PhD at Emory?

My professors have consistently been accessible, approachable, eager to get to know me, and happy to answer questions, whether related to coursework or not.

 

What advice do you have for prospective doctoral students?

You don’t have to apply to graduate school already knowing your intended dissertation aims. But in general, the more clarity and specificity you have about what you want to research, the better!

 

If you currently live in Atlanta, what is one place that you would recommend people to visit?

I am a big fan of the many farmer’s markets in the Atlanta area, especially including Buford Highway Farmer’s Market and Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market.

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?

(1) Pre-COVID, I used to sing in the Emory University Chorus. It was a needed creative outlet during a science-heavy training program. I miss it and hope to join again when COVID is better-controlled!

(2) I am a sparkling water super-fan: La Croix, Perrier, Pellegrino, store brand, Spindrift, you name it, I’ll drink it. I often joke that I could probably single-handedly keep the entire industry afloat if needed.

(3) If I had to pursue a career outside of medicine and public health, I’m pretty sure I’d try my hand at being a travel agent. I love to travel, sure, but I enjoy planning and scheduling trips nearly to the same degree.

 


 

It was great getting to know you, Jonathan! Stay tuned next Monday to see who we feature next on #WeAreEmoryEPI. 


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Afua Nyame-Mireku

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Afua Nyame-Mireku is a second-year Global Epidemiology MPH candidate. Afua is passionate about research and interventions that aim to improve maternal and child health outcomes for Black birthing people. In this feature, she talks about her practicum with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, why she chose Rollins, and advice for first-year students. Read more about Afua below!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school. 

I went to undergrad at the University of Maryland College Park, where I studied Public Health Science and Women’s Studies. I was also in the Global Public Health Scholars program.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I’m very excited to be completing my practicum as a Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) intern at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Division of Maternal, Child, and Family Health! I am working with lived experience experts and stakeholders to develop several data-driven initiatives and evaluation plans aimed at reducing Black infant mortality in Philadelphia.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

My favorite part about Emory is definitely the free food and beautiful campus! I spent a lot of last semester going to the free food truck events with friends and hanging out on campus.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I applied to Rollins because I was only interested in MPH programs that allowed me to have a focus in global health, epidemiology, and maternal and child health simultaneously. Luckily, I had the opportunity to go to Destination Public Health during the fall that I applied, and the kindness of the faculty and students sold me on Rollins.

 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far at Emory and why?

My favorite class so far was a course I took for my Maternal and Child Health certificate: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health. It was great to be in a class with people from different concentrations who are all interested in different aspects of MCH. Plus, all of the lectures were amazing!

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?

Give yourself grace while you are learning new material and always reach out for help from classmates or professors when you need it! Studying with classmates, especially for the epi and bios classes, makes the work much less overwhelming.

 

How have you been spending your free time?

I’ve been spending my free time traveling with my friends and catching up on one of my favorite reality TV shows, Love Island!

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?

1. My family is from Ghana, and it is a tradition for parents to name their child based on the day of week they were born. Afua is for girls born on Friday.

2. I love to dance, and I jump at any opportunity to go to a masterclass.

3. My go-to karaoke song is We Belong Together by Mariah Carey. And no, I cannot sing.

 


 

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#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Jasmine Southivongnorath

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Meet Jasmine Southivongnorath! Jasmine is a second-year Epidemiology MPH candidate with research interest in infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, chronic diseases, and social determinants of health. In this feature, Jasmine talks about her experience at Rollins, advice for first-years, and what she likes to do in her free time. Read more about her below!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school. 

I graduated with a BS in Biomedical Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology in May 2020.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Michael Goodman and Dr. Rami Yacoub, focusing on medical record abstractions for the CEASAR and TOPCS prostate cancer projects. I am also doing my APE with Dr. Julie Gazmararian on the relationship between sleep and academics of high school students in Barrow County, GA and creating school-specific analyses and reports.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

I really love how integrated the faculty/staff are with students and the abundance of networking opportunities there are for us to succeed. I also love being part of such a huge public health community and attending one of the top public health schools in the nation.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I was looking for a school that is largely research- or science-based. Coming with a scientific background, I wanted to apply to a program that had the same amount of rigor that will strive me to do my best. I also loved that Rollins is well known in the public health world, with its opportunities and connections, and know that I see myself succeeding here.

 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far at Emory and why? 

I really enjoyed taking EPI 517 – Case Studies in ID Epi during my fall semester, which exposed me to a lot of knowledge about so many different infectious diseases. Applying key epi concepts and characteristics of IDs to real-life examples/cases allowed myself to be integrated in the process of working up outbreaks and identifying possible solutions.

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?

Attend office hours! Whether they’re hosted by your professor or a TA, these sessions definitely helped me in understanding methods and data analysis. Seek opportunities such as a research assistant position or a leadership position. And lastly, enjoy your time and have fun during your time here!

 

How have you been spending your free time?

I enjoy watching shows/movies on Netflix/Disney+ (I just binged the entire MCU movies), listening to true crime podcasts, cooking, and going on food adventures!

 

If you currently live in Atlanta, what is one place that you would recommend people to visit? 

Jeni’s or Butter & Cream for some good ice cream!

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I am practically addicted to boba.
  2. My current favorite artists are MANILA GREY and Thuy (check Spotify).
  3. Moving to Atlanta for grad school was my biggest move ever, I am originally from NY!

 


 

It was great to get to know you, Jasmine! Tune in every Monday for another feature on #WeAreEmoryEPI.

 

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#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Oyinda Adisa

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Meet Oyinda! Oyinda Adisa is a second-year Epidemiology MPH candidate. Her research interests include cancer epidemiology and injury prevention awareness. In this feature, Oyinda talks about her experience working for the CDC, her favorite RSPH course so far, and must-see hiking locations in Atlanta. Read more below!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school. 

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Nutrition from Cornell University in 2017, after which I worked for about 2 years in the field of cancer advocacy and awareness, before starting my MPH program at Rollins.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am currently working with the CDC’s Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (Core SVIPP) team within the Injury Prevention Program, Georgia Department of Public Health with compiling a directory of mental health support and suicide prevention services across the state to inform a network map of services available to Georgia families and community members. I also assist the SurvivorLink Team of researchers within the Emory Prevention Research Center as they implement the adoption of the personal electronic health record and education system, SurvivorLink designed to promote survivor care, within pediatric cancer clinics.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

I love that we are immersed in an environment where so many interesting research projects are happening and we have the opportunity to plug into them. Also, faculty are approachable and willing to help and guide students as they navigate the program.

 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far at Emory and why?

So far, I have enjoyed EPI 543 (Cardiovascular Epidemiology) because the course allowed me breakdown and understand how to read research papers and how to interpret results and present paper summaries.

 

How have you been spending your free time?

I have enjoyed exploring brunch spots, swimming or just relaxing by my apartment complex pool, cooking and listening to my favorite podcasts.

 

If you currently live in Atlanta, what is one place that you would recommend people to visit?

If you love the great outdoors, you would love Atlanta and the wider Georgia. I have really enjoyed hiking this summer, so far I have hiked near the Chattahoochee River; the East Palisades trail, the Cloudland Canyon State Park and at the Providence Canyon State Park. I have also explored coffee shops around, my favorite is the White Windmill Bakery and Cafe in Doraville.

 

What are some fun facts that you want people to know about you?

1.) I cannot drink anything with banana in it!

2.) I am from Lagos, Nigeria or “Lasgidi” as it is popularly known

 


 

We had so much fun learning about you, Oyinda! Stay tuned every Monday for a new spotlight on #WeAreEmoryEPI. 

 

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#InsideAPE: Jasmine Berry and HealthMPowers

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Jasmine Berry is a second-year Epidemiology MPH candidate. This summer, Jasmine worked with Dr. Julie Gasmararian and HealthMPowers to analyze health behavior data from childcare centers. Her interests include maternal and child health, sexual reproductive health, mental health, and social determinants of health. Read more about Jasmine and her experience below!

 


 

Tell us about your APE project.

My APE project is working with Dr. Julie Gazmararian and HealthMPowers, which is an organization that partners with childcare centers in Georgia and focus on improving child health behaviors. I work with Dr. Gazmararian to analyze health behavior data from childcare centers and write reports that evaluate changes in health behaviors in those centers. I also worked on side projects that included writing a manuscript about changes in child health behaviors in virtual/hybrid/in-person environments during the pandemic and conducting an environmental scan by mapping different health indicators around childcare centers.

 

How did you find your APE project?

I found my APE through the email listserv for students pursuing the maternal and child health certificate. Dr. Michael Kramer tends to forwards a lot of emails about APE and employment opportunities using the listserv. So, when he sent an email about HealthMPowers, I thought it would work well with my interests, applied, and was offered a position.

 

When did you start looking for an APE? When did you start working for your APE organization?

I began looking for an APE around January and February because I wanted to start early and not stress about it. I found my APE around the beginning of March and started working the end of April/beginning of May.

 

Are you pursuing any certificates? If so, was it difficult to meet your APE requirements? 

I’m pursuing the Maternal and Child Health Certificate. The process was pretty straightforward and easy. I just had to submit a form to the certificate supervisor describing the APE and its applications and it was approved.

 

What has the experience been like so far?

It’s been interesting to see the inside operations of a community based organization and how they determine and view health behavior progress in a community. It’s also been beneficial to see how teams work outside of an academic setting and I am appreciative of the work environment so far.

 

How did you spend your free time this summer?

I’ve been reading a lot, watching movies, painting, and got back into playing video games. Since my friends are all vaccinated now, we’ve been hanging out more.

 

What are 3 fun facts that you want people to know about you? 

1. I speak 4 languages.

2. I grew up in Atlanta.

3. I’ve read almost 100 books last year.

 


 

Thanks for speaking with us, Jasmine! Tune in every Monday to see who we feature next on #WeAreEmoryEPI.


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Olivia Barnum

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Meet Olivia Barnum – a second-year Epidemiology MPH candidate with research interests in social determinants of health and addressing failtures in healthcare systems. In this feature, Olivia talks about why she chose Rollins, her favorite RSPH class so far, and a must-see business in Atlanta. Read more below!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I went to school in Richmond, Virginia where I attended University of Richmond, getting my B.S. in Biology. Go Spiders!

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I’m currently assisting in the Plantinga Lab where I am creating validity reports for the APPEAL study, which is primarily focused on estimating functional impairment among lupus patients. I am also working at the CDC, as an ORISE fellow, assessing the output of their Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) unit.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I wanted to go to school in a city that also matched my career goals and Atlanta is the best location for public health. I also wanted a welcoming, collaborative environment, which I was assured was present by current students.

 
What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

The professors at Emory are truly invested in your betterment. Their patience, care, and support have given me a leg up on public health that I could not get anywhere else.

 

What advice do you have for 1st year MPH Students?

Don’t be afraid to reach out and speak to your professors (even if only to say hello!)

 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far at Emory and why?

So far, I’ve fallen in love with Geographic Information Systems (INFO 530) and am looking forward to taking the subsequent class in the fall. Our zip code is more important to our health than our genetic code! Being able to visually demonstrate the social determinants of health was a fun and eye-opening experience. I never expected to fall in love with maps, but there may be a place for me in spatial epidemiology.

 

How have you been navigating the work (& learn) from home experience during the COVID-19 outbreak?

I navigated it very well for all 8am classes and no required commute. Overall, with the help of my fellow students in the same position, we were able to conquer this sometimes difficult task. It has been a pleasure taking class to the kitchen with me.

 

How have you been spending your free time?

I started a small book club with my sister (which consisted of solely me and my sister) where we read whatever we fancied. I also have benefitted from the age of streaming as I watch more shows than I can handle. In my free time, I also harass my mother for pictures of my cats, which are back home in Maryland.

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I had to get 6 wisdom teeth pulled during spring semester
  2. I’ve been to 10 countries
  3. I’ve pet a cat in each one (check my second fact)

 

If you currently live in Atlanta, what is one place that you would recommend people to visit?

It’s almost impossible to go wrong with the various food options here, so I’ll plug Bear and Honey – a small business candle store in Atlanta where you can learn how to make your own candle! Currently trying to copyright the secret aromatic combination of the candle that I created.

 


 

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#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet John Shen and the Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors

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Meet John Shen, a second year Global Epidemiology MSPH candidate. This summer, John along with Kiki Francois and Linh Le, 2 graduate students from Emory’s Candler School of Theology, have been working to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the Atlanta community. Read more about John and how these 3 Emory graduate students are using their mobile vaccine clinic to respond to the effects of the pandemic on vulnerable populations.

 


 

              

Left to right: Linh Le (Candler School of Theology), Kiki Francois (Candler School of Theology), John Shen (Rollins School of Public Health)

 

Tell us about your project.

This summer, Rev. Kiki Francois (Candler), Linh Le (Candler), and I became Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors through Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit organization, and Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life. Our project aims to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines and decrease vaccine hesitancy within vulnerable populations. We collaborated with Emory Healthcare and community partners—Toco Hill Community Alliance (THCA), a food pantry serving over 22,000 households during the height of the pandemic, and Peachtree Baptist Justice Initiative—to provide a mobile vaccine clinic for the community connected with THCA and address specific concerns and obstacles surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

How did you find your project?

Emory’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life organized a cohort of Emory students to join IFYC’s nation-wide cohort of Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors, whose collective goal would be to bolster vaccinations in their local communities. Linh Le, our team mobilizer, brought us three together, recruiting Kiki for her experience in community advocacy and organization and me for my experience in public health.

 

When did you start this project?

We began our work in May, receiving training on communication and advocacy from Interfaith Youth Core. In June, our team connected with Emory Healthcare and the aforementioned community partners and initiated preparations for a mobile vaccine clinic at Toco Hills Community Alliance.

 

What has the experience been like so far?

I have grown so much from this experience: from learning how to work in a diverse team with strong personalities and varying perspectives, to recognizing the challenges that come with conducting surveys and communicating health information, to sharing the joy of people who finally have the opportunity to get vaccinated. At the same time, this project was a breath of fresh air, a far cry from my usual activities revolving around research and data analysis, and it showed me a different side of public health.

 

How have you been spending your free time this summer?

When I’m not teleworking for the CDC or Taskforce for Global Health or working on this vaccine project, I enjoy playing beach volleyball on Clairmont Campus through Emory’s summer intramural league.

 

What are 3 fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. According to trusted sources, I can make a mean Japanese cheesecake.
  2. Definitely a water bender since I feel most at home in the water, whether it’s swimming, scuba diving, or dragon boat racing.
  3. I tan very easily, so volleyball this summer has got me looking d a r k.

 


 

Thanks for sharing your story with us, John! Tune in every Monday to see who we interview next on #WeAreEmoryEPI

 

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