Christine Olagun-Samuel

Christine Olagun-Samuel is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania where she is pursuing a BA in Health and Societies with a Concentration in Health Policy and Law, and a minor in Chemistry. After graduation she plans to obtain a medical degree, as well as a graduate degree focusing on public health and healthcare policy. Christine is particularly interested in the issues facing minority and underserved populations. She hopes that her affinity for healthcare policy and medicine will help her serve these communities within the U.S. and abroad.

As a SUMR Scholar, Christine worked on two projects. As part of The Interpreting Attitudes towards Minorities in Medicine (I AM) Research Group, she worked with Dr. Kevin Ahmaad Jenkins to analyze and evaluate the manners in which racism can induce psychosocial stress leading to higher prevalence and more complications in racial and ethnic minorities with diabetes, chronic kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. Under Dr. Salimah Meghani, she studied the gap in pain and symptom management for African American males with cancer and is using this research to understand possible workable interventions.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Christine is currently a board member of the Black Student League, working to bring together students of the African diaspora on campus. She also enjoys mentoring high school students through several local programs, including the Pipeline Program at Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships and the Dana How Scholars Mentoring Program. In partnership with the Netter Center, she designed a mentoring and leadership program for local Philadelphia high school students to become changemakers in their neighborhoods. Christine has been a reporter for the Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn’s independent student-run newspaper since her freshman year and currently writes her opinion column “Ebony and Ivy”. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories, reading novels, sketching and watching films.