2019-2020 North america COORDINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERs
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Louise is a first-year law student at the University of Ottawa. She has been involved in health advocacy for several years, initially working with AYUDA to develop and implement public health programs in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, with the 100 Campaign to advocate for insulin access worldwide, and within Alberta Health Services to develop improved public health programs for youth with diabetes. Louise is particularly interested in public health and IP policy, and the role of class-action law in improving access to medicines. She spends as much of her free time as possible in wild spaces: running, biking, skiing, hiking, and exploring.
Sernah Essien is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she lead the Black Student Union and completed her studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She became introduced to global health advocacy during the two years she spent with the Boston University chapter of Partners in Health Engage, where she built skills in bird-dogging and communicating with legislators. Since joining UAEM, she’s been an advocate for affordable medicines and equitable health care. Her interests include public health, critical race theory, and the intersections between the two. She will be pursuing a Masters in Medical Biotechnology as of Fall 2018.
Yasaman is currently pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Toronto in Physiology. She first became involved with UAEM since 2015 as a part of the access committee at Western University Chapter while an undergraduate student, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in Medical Science. Yasaman is now involved in the coordinating committee, and aims to implement mechanisms to minimize health disparities by empowering the community to advocate for UAEM strategies.
Julia is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Western Ontario studying Biochemistry and Cancer Biology. She became involved with UAEM’s Western Chapter in 2016, and currently serves as the chapter president. Julia became very passionate about access to medicines by visiting hospitals in Haiti and seeing the disparities that exist in current health care systems. She is interested in policies affecting the accessibility of recently approved medications.
Neelu is a third-year undergraduate student studying Healthcare Markets and Statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She became involved with UAEM in 2018 as a member of the Transparency Campaign team, where she helped to develop the website and report card focused around clinical trials transparency at US universities. Her engagement with advocacy work continues at the Penn Center for Healthcare Innovation as she builds a model that identifies and treats patients with mental health care needs in a proactive and accessible way. She is also conducting ethnographic research in Sri Lanka to bridge the gaps between traditional and western medicine for chronic kidney disease patients. Her primary interests include innovation, global healthcare systems, and the social basis of health.
Timothy M. Larkin
Tim is currently a 2nd year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. He also completed his undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Science and Master of Science in Biomedical Science at the University of Pittsburgh. While pursuing a career in medicine, Tim developed a strong passion for under-served medicine and combating the health disparities that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations. His current interests focus on the interplay of insurance status, access to care, drug pricing, and health policy. As a physician, Tim hopes to inspire others to join the movement to help improve access to medicine for all!
Victoria is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where she received her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Bioethics with a focus in Medicine, Society, and Culture. She worked with UAEM North America as their Advocacy and Campaigns intern twice before joining the Coordinating committee. She has spent the past year conducting HIV research, looking at social and structural barriers that cause patients to be lost to care, and ways to overcome these barriers. Victoria will be obtaining a Master’s of Public Health at Columbia University this fall. She looks forward to pursuing her passion of global epidemiology in the future.
Neda is a second-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM). She became involved with UAEM in her first year of medical school and soon co-founded UCLA’s UAEM chapter. Her efforts have largely revolved around the UAEM Xtandi campaign, an advocacy initiative aimed at increasing access to a lifesaving prostate cancer drug developed on UCLA’s campus.
Outside of these roles, Neda also enjoys working with several other advocacy organizations. She serves as co-president of the DGSOM American Medical Student Association (AMSA) chapter, co-chair of AMSA National’s Pharm-Free Campaign, and Legislative Director of the UCLA Graduate Student Association. Her research interests include ensuring access to healthcare for justice-involved youth and research translation to policy. Upon receiving her medical degree, Neda plans to pursue a career in both clinical medicine and health policy.
Neha is a first-year dual degree student at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine pursing her medical degree and her Masters of Public Health, with a focus in healthcare policy and administration. She first became involved with UAEM through the Report Card project, and strives to collaborate with others to hold our country’s own leading research organizations to a higher standard when it comes to the utilization of public funding and resources. Last year, she was involved in the Issue 1 campaign through the Opioid Task Force at CWRU and the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, and through her role in this movement she was able to discuss with campus members the decriminalization of addiction, the nature of mass incarceration in Ohio, and the importance of cross-communication and the presence of invested people. She is interested in the intersection of social justice and positive institutional change.
Parthu is a 3rd Year student in Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS University). Currently majoring in Pre-medical with a Minor in Health Psychology. He has been the treasurer for the UAEM MCPHS chapter for one year and sectary for another. He also has been involved with the MCPHS Coply event, Insulin Pricing Simulation in MCPHS, and he wants to make a series workshops to make it easier for new chapters when they are starting up. He is in the Path of becoming a Surgeon in the future.
Jackie is a recent graduate of Duke University, where she studied Public Policy and led the Duke UAEM chapter. Her current UAEM work has focused on the clinical trials transparency campaign, pushing for US universities to commit on having reported summary results for all trials. Since joining UAEM, Jackie has created and taught a for-credit course on drug development, published investigative pieces on drug access in campus newsletters, and built-up her advocate skillset. Jackie’s advocacy interests began with an independent research project on US drug pricing, which advanced in competition to Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Currently based in Washington, DC, Jackie hopes to continue her research on drug affordability and advocate for fairness in a complex pricing and distribution system.
Edwige Dossou-Kitti is a first-generation immigrant from Togo, a small country in West Africa. After migrating to the U.S, she became the first person in her family to obtain a higher education. Edwige completed her MPH at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GW) with a concentration in health policy where she conducted various research projects on health disparity. Edwige is an incoming first year, and a Fellow of the Center for Humanism at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS).
Edwige is an avid advocate for victims and survivors of gender-based violence, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), child marriage, and human trafficking. She will continue to work with the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) at NJMS to increase their efforts in promoting education, outreach, awareness and screening for domestic violence, and in conducting research on domestic violence. Edwige is focused on reducing health disparity as it pertains immigrant and women’s health. When she is not studying, she works as an Ewe/English interpreter facilitating communicating for Ewe speakers in healthcare and court settings.
Veronica is a 4th year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. She’s currently planning on a career with a specialization in HIV medicine. Coming from a family of immigrants from the Philippines, she also plans to integrate global health in her future career pursuits. A strong advocate against health disparities, Veronica has a special interest in the inequities facing those living with Sickle Cell Disease and HIV. She has served in the Student National Medical Association in regional and national leadership roles focusing on efforts improving awareness of health disparities facing the medically underserved and addressing them which she hopes to continue in the future as a physician!
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John is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Duke University, majoring in chemistry. He has been part of UAEM since freshmen year in 2014 and finds the work incredibly engaging. His work with UAEM primarily focuses on developing a new version of the United States University Report Card. He is interested in student advocacy, biomedical research and development, and transparency in clinical trials.
Sophia is currently a law student at University of California, Berkeley School of Law focusing on health law and consumer protection. Her interests include the social determinants of healthcare access and pharmaceutical policy. Her past research at the University of Texas Health Science Center included “orphan” drug pricing and access. And her past advocacy work was in hepatitis C pricing and clinical trials as a student fellow at Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership and Treatment Action Group (TAG).
Her current campaign work at the non-profit Universities Allied for Essential Medicine and at Public Citizen includes intellectual property in international trade law and federal prescription drug pricing & competition policy.
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Jennifer is a dental student at the University of Sydney and completed her MPH at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and recently graduated from UWO with a B.S. in Biology and East Asian Studies. She helped found the UAEM chapter at UWO and was one of the leaders of the UAEM-WHO Neglected Tropical Diseases Working Group in the past. Jennifer is particularly interested in neglected diseases, social determinants of health, and the role of health communications in alleviating health inequities. She is looking forward to helping launch the Australian UAEM Report Card this year!
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