Cohort 14: SUMR 2013

Rose Aka- SUMR 2013

Rose Aka
St. John's University, Class of 2014
Major: Psychology
Minor: Women’s Gender & Africana Studies


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Rose is a rising senior at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, where she is pursuing a BA in Psychology with a double minor in Women/Gender Studies and Africana Studies. Rose’s interest in the field of healthcare started from a very young age. At the age of 10 she became fascinated with childbirth and had the amazing opportunity to witness the birth of her niece. This experience coupled by the encouragement of several of the doctors and nurses in her family, created a pathway towards a future career in the healthcare field.

Initially, Rose aspired to become a neonatologist but after actually shadowing one during The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine- Boston in 2007 , she decided that perhaps this may not be what she really wanted to do and instead went on to pursue her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Her primary focus of coursework in this science has been Cultural Psychology, African-American Psychology, and Health Psychology. She believes that a fundamental step in improving healthcare and health disparities is to understand the basis of human behavior in relation to culture, ethnicity, and life attitudes. In the fall, Rose will be applying to graduate degree programs in Global Health with a concentration in maternal health, women, children, poverty systems, and HIV/AIDS. She hopes to one day emigrate back to her homeland of Africa and use her degree to serve as a health advocate and birth doula.

This summer Rose is working with Marilyn Sommers PhD, RN, FAAN Lillian S. Brunner Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Director of Center for Global Women's Health along with members of her research team on the “Injury After Sexual Assault” in Latina Women study and also Chileshe Nkonde-Price, MD (VA Scholar) on the “What Would You Change” project, which explores the views and challenges of minority African-American Women in establishing and maintaining heart healthy behaviors.

At St. John’s University, Rose works with the Department of Student Wellness as a healthy relationships peer-wellness educator, and the Department of Multicultural Affairs as a RISE mentor for upcoming minority freshman students. She has also been an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Scyatta Wallace’s BEATS project on HIV/AIDS since her sophomore year. During her spare time Rose enjoys thrift shopping, going to the gym, reading, watching documentaries, attending poetry slams, listening to music, cooking and spending time with family/friends.

Julio Albarracin- SUMR 2013

Julio Albarracin
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2014
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry


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Julio is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania from Corpus Christi, TX. He is pursuing a BA in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Julio was initially drawn to the field of healthcare due to his interest in science. Through exposure to health policy in the classroom, as well as patient interaction while volunteering at local hospitals and clinics, Julio has become passionate about becoming an advocate for underserved health populations. In the future, Julio hopes to pursue a degree in medicine and a graduate degree in health policy and return to South Texas to provide care for underserved Hispanic communities.

During SUMR, Julio is working with Dr. Judith Long, an internist at the VAMC, on a study evaluating the effectiveness of one-on-one peer mentoring in improving glucose control of diabetic veterans. In addition, Julio is also working with Dr. Angela Bradbury, a medical-oncologist at HUP, on an analysis of the delivery and dissemination of genetic testing in cancer prevention.

Outside of research, Julio is a member of the Penn Student Government, holding positions on both the Undergraduate Assembly and the 2014 Class Board, as well as a member of the Student Health Advisory Board. Julio recently led a Habitat for Humanity relief trip to New Orleans, LA through Penn’s Alternate Spring Break organization.

Doris Arevalo- SUMR 2013

Doris Arevalo
University of Illinois, Class of 2014
Community Health


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Doris is a rising senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health with a concentration of Health Administration and Planning, Health Education and Promotion, and Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the College of Applied Health Science. Doris became fascinated with the health care system after taking a discovery course her freshman year titled Introduction to Medical Ethics. Her interest in research began in the summer of 2013 when she worked with Dr. Notaro as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Doris hopes to receive a PhD. in Health Policy, focusing on underrepresented populations and health disparities.

This summer Doris is working with Dr. Glanz, who is a George A. Weiss University Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing. She is working with Dr. Glanz concerning a pilot study of FDA sunscreen regulations on products, promotion and consumer awareness. She is also working with Dr. Goldstein on veterans and the use of alternative and complementary medicine, as well as investigating treatment beliefs and how medical system distrust impacts substitution. Dr. Goldstein is a research fellow in the Masters of Science and Health Policy Research at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Besides being a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and James E. Scholar, Doris is also an active member and President of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, in which the ladies create and host events that focus on the Latino community, such as scholarships and mentorship for Latinas. She is also an ACE IT Facilitator, in which she facilitates small group discussions to freshmen concerning the dangers and risks of alcohol consumption. Within her college, she is also is an active member of Experience AHS, in which she assists in coordinating the annual open house for the College of Applied Health Science. In her spare time Doris likes to be with her family or work on crafts.

Karlos Bledsoe- SUMR 2013

Karlos Bledsoe
Princeton University, Class of 2015
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


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Karlos Bledsoe is a member of the class of 2015 at Princeton University, where he is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. As a premedical student, he has developed an interest in research through previous internships and shadowing opportunities. Karlos is passionate about the study of neurodegenerative disorders, and he spent his last summer synthesizing a molecular probe to image plaques in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Recent exposure to courses in race and ethnicity has motivated Karlos to look into racial disparities in health-care. In the future he hopes to continue integrating medical and sociological research. In the SUMR program, Karlos is working with Benita Weathers and Dr. Chyke Doubeni. The project analyzes the distribution and use of colorectal cancer screening across various demographics. By examining variation in integrated delivery systems such as Kaiser Permanente, it is possible to considerably reduce the effects of cost sharing and other access barriers. In this more controlled situation, it is possible to determine whether there is significant variation attributable to racial differences.

Karlos is a member of the Princeton rugby team, and he also participates in Princeton Faith and Action. During his free time, Karlos enjoys fishing, basketball, and piano.

Randall Burson- SUMR 2013

Randall Burson
Swarthmore College, Class of 2015
Major: Biology
Minor: Latin American Studies


Randy is a member of the Class of 2015 at Swarthmore College, where he is pursuing an honors major in Biology with a minor in Latin American Studies. After his undergraduate education, Randy plans to earn an MD with a dual degree in either Public Health or Epidemiology.

Randy became fascinated with health at an early age, growing up in his home state of New Mexico. He was influenced by how culture and medicine combined, and was used as a way to not only treat people but also to heal them. However, it wasn’t until he started college did he become more interested in the field of public health and research. During his time at SUMR, he hopes to become acquainted with health services, as well as how clinical practice and policy influence one another to provide the best care possible and promote health equity. In the future, he plans to work towards improving healthcare access and health equity for rural and underserved populations.

This summer, Randy is working alongside Dr. Kristen Feemster of CHOP and Dr. Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing, as well as their research team, on two projects. The first is a project designed to determine the effectiveness and feasibility of using a voucher system to increase adult TDaP vaccination against Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Through increased vaccination of parents and caregivers, the hope is “cocoon” infants against contracting Pertussis. The second project focuses on pediatrician’s attitudes towards parental requests for alternative vaccine schedules. It plans to look at what factors influence physician’s decisions to grant or not grant these alternative schedules for children.

At Swarthmore, Randy is an executive board member of Global Health Forum, a group dedicated to raising awareness of global health concerns, and the Co-president of Swarthmore Health Society. In his spare time, Randy likes to practice yoga and play saxophone, as well as cook and spend time outdoors backpacking and canoeing.

Karole Collier- SUMR 2013

Karole Collier
Barnard College, Columbia University, Class of 2015
Major:Africana Studies ,Pre-Medicine


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Karole is a rising junior at Barnard College of Columbia University in Manhattan, New York. She is pursuing a BA in Africana Studies and concurrently fulfilling her  pre-medicine concentration; she hopes to matriculate into medical school shortly after graduating Barnard College.  Karole’s interest in the field of healthcare was initially fostered by her mother and her mother’s past involvement as an EMT. Along with her mother’s interest and love for healthcare, Karole’s very unique family environment, a foster care home that has provided a home to over 72 children in the last 24 years, has particularly shaped Karole’s interest in minority health affairs and health disparities research. Karole’s unique family fact has maintained her foundation in pursing better health and care for her community; she hopes to find  ways in which research will ultimately translate into community level interventions and eradicate major health disparities within minority communities.

During an early life encounter and exposure to Sickle Cell Anemia, Karole became particularly interested in Sickle Cell Anemia and how it characteristically affected minority patient populations. Karole aspired to become a pediatric hematologist in ninth grade, and became very involved with various Sickle Cell Disease associations and patient/family support groups. Within the constant cocoon of support from SCD community leaders and activists, Karole was able to obtain her first major research experience at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and quickly found her love for research. For Karole, research became a fundamental aspect of understanding and improving health disparities for minority populations. Her budding interest allowed her to better understand the familiar challenges within her own community, yet she also came to understand how integral it was to have people with her insight and background as part of the research experience. It was here, after becoming one of the first in her family to go to college, Karole decided to dedicate her college career to better understanding minority health. Karole’s focus of coursework at Columbia has been Africana Studies, Narrative Medicine, and the African American experience – all of which she particularly  within healthcare. Karole hopes to apply to joint MD/MPH programs shortly after matriculation, and hopefully to one day fulfill the role of both clinician and researcher.

During SUMR, Karole will be working with Dr. Brendan Carr and Dr. Anish Agarwal, within the Department of Emergency Medicine, on their “Telemedical Resuscitation & Arrest Trials Pilot”; and additionally with Dr. Rachel Kelz, from the Department of Surgery, on “Surgical Competence” and “Disparities of Minimally Invasive Surgery used in Minority Populations”.

Outside of research, Karole is the Program Coordinator for Columbia’s STRIVE Program, a NextStep national program providing mentoring and tutoring to kids with Sickle Cell Anemia, and she enjoys performing spoken word poetry, belonging to her college’s CUPSI team, where they recently made it to semifinals in the National CUPSI competition. In her spare time Karole enjoys travelling, thrift shopping, and spending time with her family.

Pearl Eni-SUMR 2013

Pearl Eni
University of Pittsburgh, Class of 2014
Major: Natural Sciences


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Pearl is a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Natural Sciences. In past summers, she has conducted research on pelvic organ prolapse at the University of Pittsburgh and metastatic breast cancer at Northwestern University. During SUMR, she is working with Ian Bennett, MD, PhD and Jun Mao MD, MSCE on a study that focuses on understanding patient preferences, beliefs and attitudes towards the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for mental health.

Pearl is interested in a career that builds on her passion for medicine and education. She plans to pursue an MD and contribute to the health care field as a clinician, researcher and educator. She is inspired by the concept of patient-centered care, with emphasis on minimizing barriers between patients and physicians as well as barriers between physicians and other health care professionals. She believes that collaboration across disciplines will lead to improved health outcomes for patients. She is hopeful that in the near future, such collaboration will be more feasible. 

Outside the classroom, Pearl participates in various campus organizations, serves as president of an honors society, volunteers as an emergency medical technician and mentors students in Pittsburgh Public Schools. She enjoys traveling, exploring new cuisines, and sharing a good laugh. 

Tara Fernandez- SUMR 2013

Tara Fernandez
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015
Major: Nursing
Minor: Nursing and Health Services Management


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Tara is a member of the class of 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania where she is pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in Nursing and Health Services Management. Medicine and the healthcare field are areas which have resonated interest since high school after shadowing multiple professions within the field. Yet, she has broadened her interests to encapsulate the prevalence of inequalities within the healthcare system and the issues that afflict the system as a whole since her time in college. After finishing her undergraduate education and becoming a registered nurse, she plans on completing her masters to become a nurse practitioner, and is contemplating pursuing a graduate degree in health policy or public health.

During SUMR, she is working on two projects directly involving the community. She is working with Rinad Beidas, PhD, on a policy to practice project where the implementation of evidence based practice is being evaluated and monitored in mental health facilities for adolescents in West Philadelphia. The second project is a health disparate project with Therese Richmond, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, in which the psychological effects of acute injuries and trauma in urban black men will be observed. This project has the hopes of pinpointing the psychological consequences in order to reduce the rates of injury recidivism.

Beyond academics, she is a member of a professional healthcare fraternity on campus, Alpha Iota Gamma, in which she participates in service projects with the community. Tara loves to dabble in artistic mediums such as drawing, painting, and photography and loves travelling to new and exciting places.

Matt Herling- SUMR 2013

Matthew Herling
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2016
Major: Economics


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Matthew is a member of the Class of 2016 at the Wharton School of the University of the Pennsylvania where he is pursuing a BS in Economics. He has not yet declared a concentration. Matthew was initially drawn to the study of healthcare because he was amazed by the industry’s unique ability to drastically extend and improve life. He has since become increasingly interested in the financing and delivery of healthcare, especially in the context of healthcare reform. His research interests deal mainly with how we pay for healthcare. Specifically, he is interested in the study of healthcare markets and cost-benefit analysis for medical interventions. He hopes one day to help streamline the American healthcare system to maximize the amount of health produced per dollar spent.

During SUMR, Matthew is working Amanda Starc, PhD on a number of projects investigating consumer and producer behavior within insurance markets utilizing data provided by Medicare Part D. He is also assisting Sandy Schwartz, MD on the WISER Survivor project which investigates the cost effectiveness of various interventions for women who have been diagnosed with post breast cancer lymphedema.

Outside of research Matthew is very involved in the Penn community where he serves as a Kite and Key Tour Guide. In addition, he sits on the Nominations and Elections Committee, the judiciary board of Penn Student Government which administers and enforces election rules. He also serves as Vice President of Cohort Euro, a division of the Wharton undergraduate community consisting of approximately 250 students, where he plans social and networking activities for his cohort and the Wharton community as a whole. Matthew also sits on the Marketing Undergraduate Student Establishment’s Finance Board.

Alisha Jordan- SUMR 2013

Alisha Jordan
Yale University, Class of 2015
Major: History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health


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Alisha is a member of the class of 2015 at Yale University. She is pursuing a BA in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. As a SUMR Scholar, Alisha is working with Philippe Bourgois, PhD and members of his research team on two projects that both involve ethnographic fieldwork and qualitative analysis. One project explores political, economic, and cultural disparities in healthcare by examining the role of service providers in qualifying patients and clients for SSI disability. The other project, in tandem with an ongoing structural intervention RCT involving the greening of vacant lots, explores the health/violence/carceral risk environment faced by vulnerable inner city populations.

In the future, Alisha hopes to pursue a graduate degree in public health. She is particularly interested in reducing health and healthcare disparities among economically and racially/ethnically vulnerable populations. She would also like to explore the intersection between health care and faith-based organizations.

Alisha enjoys competing in the triple and long jump events on Yale's track and field team. She is also a member of Yale Faith and Action, in addition to the Yale Gospel Choir.

Taehoon Kim- SUMR 2013

Taehoon Kim
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015
Major: Biological Basis of Behavior
Minor: Health Care Management


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Taehoon is a member of the class of 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Biological Basis of Behavior and Health Care Management.

During SUMR, Taehoon is working with Sandy Schwartz, MD on the WISER Survivor Project that examines the cost-effectiveness of different management strategies for breast cancer-related lymphedema. Taehoon hopes to find ways to better the oncologist-patient communication that takes place to inform women about post-surgical complications of lymph resections. He is also assisting Giang T. Nguyen, MD  in examining social connectedness and its potential to buffer against depression in Southeast Asian elders, who are especially vulnerable to mental disorders due to downward social mobility and status inconsistency.

Although his passion lies in health care and in medicine, Taehoon enjoys writing music, singing, and playing guitar in his spare time.

Neel Koyawala- SUMR 2013

Neel Koyawala
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015
Major: Biochemistry
Biological Basis of Behavior


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Neel is a member of the Class of 2015 in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is pursuing a Biochemistry major with a minor in the Biological Basis of Behavior in the College and is concentrating in Operations and Information Management and Healthcare Management and Policy at Wharton. He hopes to attend medical school and in the future be able to apply his science and business background in a population health context. In particular, he enjoys epidemiology and studying issues affecting children’s health. He is passionate about addressing both the social determinants and the medical determinants of health.

During SUMR, Neel is working with Brendan Saloner, PhD, a RWJ Health & Societies Scholar. Neel analyzed public data from the National Survey of Children’s Health with Dr. Saloner to develop a manuscript entitled “Insurance Coverage and Access to Care for Immigrant Children: The Impact of the Children’s Health Reauthorization Act.”

Outside of school, Neel is Co-President of Penn’s Hindu Student Council and a member of the Penn Masti dance team. He also plays various roles at local clinics that serve those without adequate access to healthcare in Philadelphia, signing patients up for welfare benefits, serving as a hypertension coordinator, and volunteering to take vitals and provide basic counseling. In his free time, he enjoys playing pool and piano and golfing.

Aaron Landrum- SUMR 2013

Aaron Landrum
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2013
Major: Health and Societies
Minor: Africana Studies


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Aaron is a member of the class of 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors in Health and Societies with a concentration in Global Health and a minor in Africana Studies. He wants to pursue a career in both medicine and public health to improve the quality of medical service and public health care in urban communities. His dream is to provide these communities with the tools needed to lead healthy and vibrant lives.

He believes the arts can serve as a powerful tool in the healing process and believes that they hold immense potential to heal those dealing with traumatic experiences. He is looking to improve his skill set to live out his life’s calling to better understand how culture (such as music, art, and history) can be used as a tool and not a barrier in health care.

During SUMR, Aaron is  working with Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, FAAN, RN on the Shape Up Barbershop project. The goal of the project is to develop a culturally competent behavioral intervention to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, and increase violence prevention among African American young men. Additionally, Aaron is working with Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH, a pediatrician at CHOP, on two projects: the West Philly Early Childhood Health Project and the Strength Based Youth Organization Project. Both projects are aimed at improving youth-serving institutions’ ability to help children with adverse childhood experiences.

Aside from academics and research, Aaron was a very engaged member of his University community serving on several e-boards throughout his undergraduate career. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has very strong passion for dance and listening to and playing music particularly percussion instruments. Aaron also enjoys traveling, playing sports, and photography.

Christina Nguyen- SUMR 2013

Christina Nguyen
Harvard University, Class of 2015
Major: Sociology
Minor: Global Health and Health Policy


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Christina is a member of the class of 2015 at Harvard University, where she is concentrating in Sociology, with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She is simultaneously fulfilling pre-medical requirements, and is planning to pursue medical school and also graduate school in health policy or public health after graduation.

Christina took her sophomore spring semester off to intern in the National Economic Council at the White House. Her work included some health-related projects regarding health care reform, the impacts of sequestration cuts on health care, and the President’s budget. She is also currently working on an independent research project exploring the impact of the Health Information Technology system in Massachusetts hospitals, with an emphasis on the cost-effectiveness of HIT and the “who pays” vs. “who benefits” conflict.

Christina’s interests in health and medicine have been shaped by her experiences, including shadowing in the Emergency Room and independent research. During high school, she began volunteering as a student ambassador for a program that supports youth affected by deployment; her work with the military and her interests in health care led her to become involved in helping organize the First Lady’s White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing. The event brought together representatives from the Department of Defense, federal government, federal agencies, companies, and universities in roundtables aimed at progressing federal action and private-public partnerships to fill the gaps making it difficult for veterans to find work during their transition from the military to the public workforce. Christina focused on the discussion around ways to make this transition easier for servicemembers in medical occupations. The event was part of the First Lady’s initiative, and the medical occupations discussion was led by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

During SUMR, Christina is working with Pete Groeneveld, MD, MS, an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine; Mirar Bristol-Demeter, MA, Project Director at the Center for Comparative Effectiveness in Genomic Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine; and Andrew Epstein, PhD, MPP, a Research Associate Professor of Medicine. She will analyze the effects of genomic markers on cancer-related outcomes and the translation of genomics into improvements in cancer prevention and treatment. Methods will include observational study using propensity score and instrumental variable techniques, and a randomized controlled trial of communication strategies. For her second project, Christina is working with Scott Halpern, MD, PhD, MBE, an Assistant Professor of medicine, and his team in the Fostering Improvements in End-of-Life Division Science (FIELDS) Program. Her project will involve conducting a randomized trial of an active choice intervention to increase the completion of advance directives, and also a qualitative study of why seriously-ill patients in the ICU do or do not complete advance directives.

During her free time, Christina enjoys writing for her blog, website development and graphic design, knitting, martial arts, playing the piano, and volunteering as an Academic Decathlon speech judge.

Nadia Ogene- SUMR 2013

Nadia Ogene
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015
Major: Criminology


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Nadia is a member of the class of 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in Criminology. She has developed an interest in conducting research to aid veterans after she spent last summer at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School.

This is Nadia’s first exposure to conducting research and she hopes that her involvement in the SUMR program will aid her in becoming a good researcher. She is working with both Dr. Nkonde-Price and Dr. Ibrahim on health awareness studies that aim to target two separate ailments: heart disease and osteoarthritis. She hopes that this experience will open her eyes to the various issues veterans face when seeking treatment.

Nadia is also a member of the Women’s Political League, Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, and the men’s basketball staff at the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading and exercising in her free time.

Maximilian Pany- SUMR 2013

Maximilian J. Pany
Swarthmore College, Class of 2014
Honors Neuroscience
Minor: Public Policy


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Maximilian is a member of the class of 2014 at Swarthmore College, where he is studying Neuroscience and Health Policy. Passionate about both clinical medicine and health services research, he is hoping to pursue medical education as well as graduate education in health policy in the future.

Maximilian's interest in medicine was sparked by a year of service as an EMT for the Austrian Red Cross before college; this same experience also instilled in him a curiosity in investigating the delivery of health care at a systems level. During an internship in the Quality Management Department of Carney Hospital during the summer of 2011, he researched ways to identify clinical, socioeconomic, and psychological factors in recurring hospital readmissions. The following summer, he studied quality and cost of care issues in US maternity care. Enthusiastic about learning and thinking about health care, Maximilian is especially interested in the intersection of health services research and policy, as well as in studying incentive structures and care delivery processes that may achieve equitable, patient-centered, and cost-effective health care.

During SUMR, Maximilian is working with David Grande, MD, MPA and Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, MS on a project examining barriers and facilitators to the translation of empirical evidence to health policy. He is also working with Guy David, PhD, MA on a project investigating barriers to efficient treatment that focuses on the case of severe hypoglycemia.

Beyond his interest in health care, Maximilian researches in a neurobiology lab at Swarthmore, investigating pheromones in Drosophila learning and memory. He serves as a fellow of the Swarthmore Writing Associates Program, assisting peers with written and oral communication and argument. He also holds tutor positions in the Biology, Chemistry, and German departments, and volunteers as an EMT at the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association. In his spare time, Maximilian likes to cook, eat, and hike.

Jessica Reyes- SUMR 2013

Jessica Reyes
Dartmouth College, Class of 2012
Major: Latin American Studies


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Jessica is a graduate of the Class of 2012 at Dartmouth College where she earned a BA in Latin American Studies. She is currently completing a Pre-Medical Post Baccalaureate Program at Drexel University. In the upcoming school year Jessica will attend the Masters in Public Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania. In the future, Jessica is interested in entering the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is particularly interested in working with mothers from under-resourced communities.

During SUMR, Jessica is working with Dr. Anne Teitelman, an advanced practice nurse, on Step Up to Prevention, an intervention designed to enhance cervical cancer prevention among young women ages 18-26 living in economically disadvantaged urban communities. Jessica will also be working on further developing the EverHealthier Woman App designed to serve as a personalized electronic health resource for women.

Beyond research, Jessica works at the Black Women’s Health Alliance in Philadelphia. She enjoys dancing, traveling and writing.

Cjloe Vinoya- SUMR 2013

Cjloe Vinoya
Messiah College, Class of 2012


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Cjloe (pronounced like “Chloe”) graduated from Messiah College in May 2012 with a B.S. degree in Biopsychology, with honors. Her interest in healthcare disparities began in high school, after she participated in and led service trips in several underserved countries. Cjloe’s experiences abroad strongly influenced her decision to attend Messiah College, a school that not only gave her hands-on opportunities to learn about public health needs, but introduced her to the significance of humanitarianism and research.

Cjloe first pursued research during her junior year of college in two major projects, one being her Senior Honors thesis. From then on, research has become a perpetual part of her life. After spending some time with a principal investigator at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, she moved to Philadelphia in 2011 and began working under Dr. Karin Rhodes, an attending physician and the Director of Health Care Policy Research in the Emergency Department (ED) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Without Dr. Rhodes, Cjloe would have never found out about the LDI SUMR program!

For SUMR, Cjloe decided to work on Dr. Rhodes’ Care Coordination Initiative. Based on UPHS’ Blueprint for Quality and Patient Safety and the prevalent issue of fragmented medical care in America’s health system, the Care Coordination Initiative seeks to give follow-up support to patients after being discharged from the ED in attempt to prevent unnecessary (and expensive) readmission to the hospital. Because Cjloe piloted this project over the previous spring semester, she was very excited to continue her work, not to mention receive intentional mentoring by Dr. Rhodes.

In her free time, Cjloe likes to run and participate in races (especially in Philadelphia!). Cjloe hopes to pursue an MD in her very near future.

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