Aaliyah Campbell

University of Pennsylvania , Class of 2026

Major: Health and Societies

Aaliyah Campbell is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Health and Societies. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s in Public Health before continuing her education in Physician’s Assistant school. She is interested in socioeconomic and racial disparities and their effects on health and is particularly dedicated to community engagement. As a scholar in the Get Experience in Aging Research Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) at Penn, she also had the unique opportunity to complete the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) Program during the inaugural summer of GEAR UP.

Campbell worked on two projects. The first aimed to analyze quantitative data to explore connections between individual and regional risk factors and diseases like obesity and asthma. For this project, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Blanca Himes. During this process, she developed her skills in data analysis and furthered her understanding of epidemiology.

In addition, Campbell worked under the guidance of Dr. Emily Ko on a project entitled “Increasing Access to Gynecologic Oncology Care and Diversity in Clinical Trials.” The goal of this trial was to develop a peer-support system grounded in community that will expand the accessibility of clinical trials, specifically for marginalized peoples. In the process of working towards this goal, gained experience in conducting literature reviews, collecting data in interviews, and developing recruitment materials.

On campus, Campbell is involved in the Minority Association for Pre-Medical Students, a group dedicated to increasing the accessibility of the pre-medical field to underrepresented college students. She also works as a mentor at the Andrew Hamilton School near Penn’s campus. She is also a part of the Civic Scholars program, which provides students with the opportunity to combine their academic and professional goals with community engagement initiatives.

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