Noelle Kristen Smith
Noelle “Kristen” Smith is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health, and a minor in Neuroscience and Health Care Management. After graduating from Penn next year, she hopes to pursue an MPH in Health Policy and Management. Her main areas of interest include the history of American health policy and reform, bioethics, global health, and racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to care.
During SUMR, Kristen will be working with Dr. Ari Friedman and Dr. Matthew McCoy on their project which focuses on the relationship between digital tracking and discrimination due to biased data. Kristen will be helping to construct a database to identify the key stakeholders who provide health information in order to analyze and assess the demographic information it yields. She hopes to better understand how the broadening influence of big data may perpetuate stigmas already engrained within minority and low-income communities.
At Penn, Kristen is the President of Off The Beat A Cappella, Penn’s premier rock and pop a cappella group, as well as the Diversity Chair of a Women’s Philanthropic Organization. She is also a member of Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club and is currently working on a senior honors thesis about the role of mainstream and alternative sources of media in influencing American health care reform efforts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, watching Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.