Jonathan Hanson is pursuing a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and considering either a minor in Spanish, American Public Policy, or Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania. He is contemplating pursuing a graduate degree in public health. Hanson is particularly interested in health care disparities within marginalized communities. He hopes to use his health services research in order to reduce any health care inequities and better the Philadelphia community, which is his hometown.
During SUMR, Hanson worked on research with Dr. Allison Willis, MD, MS, regarding older adults with neurological disorders. He assessed what new gaps in care or outcomes have emerged, where disparities persisted, and identified favorable strategies. This research hoped to inform future clinical, research, and policy efforts to diminish the burden of neurological disease, achieve equity in neurological disease care and outcomes, and sustain the fidelity of patient research during large scale health care disruptions or economic downturns.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Jonathan is a board member for God’s Property, a Black Christian fellowship group. He is a My Brother’s Keeper Bible Study Facilitator and an office assistant at the African American Resource Center (AARC). He also participates in the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association (BWUA), its consulting group, Caribbean American Student Association (CASA), and Black Men United (BMU). In his free time, Hanson enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, drawing, playing older video games, and supporting his friends in their artistic and sporting endeavors.