meet the team
In high school, Ariel learned that she could combine her interests in medicine and policy through the magical field of public health. Spurred by her newly developed passion, she founded a publication dedicated to spreading awareness regarding important and pertinent public health issues for her school community. Soon recognizing the lack of awareness and necessary conversation surrounding crucial public health issues, she decided to create a website to facilitate interest and discussion for youth across the world.
Hailing from a small town on the East Coast, Claire spent her years in high school exploring the sciences and feeling especially drawn to fields involving healthcare and medicine. She is working with Connect in Health to continue fostering and expanding those interests. In the coming years, Claire hopes to accumulate more scientific and medical knowledge through CiH and other endeavors to create change in the world.
An avid reader, Rukan has her school to thank for introducing her to the world of public health after stumbling upon its undergraduate public health journal. Since then, she has developed passions for minority health equity and hopes to work in developing countries in the future.
ARIEL HYUNSEO KIM
PERIODICALS TEAM LEADER
Upon reading Fixing My Gaze by Susan Barry, I was inspired by the struggle of visually impaired communities, especially how binocular disorders such as infantile and accommodative esotropia affected her childhood development. Barry’s experiences with strabismus taught me the importance of vision to be active participants in the world, continuously moving through it, and molding it to our needs and desires. Reading about these struggles motivated me to pursue a more practical aspect to help these communities by creating an initiative (Touch to Read) which produces tactile books for visually impaired children and generating conversations around this nuanced public health issue via periodicals.
Anika has always had a strong passion for health related sciences. She hopes to further explore the field by educating and facilitating discussion on numerous public health issues. She believes the future is in further integrating science into public policy and educating younger teens on the matter.
Over the few years Joy has advocated for environmental issues, she noticed that the wide scope of environmental issues negatively correlates to human health. Her interest in public health has naturally followed ever since her observation of the correlation between environmental issues and health. Her newly found interest in biology and chemistry further solidified her interests. In the future, she hopes to understand more about the underlying causes of illnesses and find ways to eliminate these causes through biochemical research.
SEYUN JOY BANG
Kamsi has always had a passion for medicine, social awareness, and the biological sciences, specifically the intersectionality between the three. Through Connect in Health, she found a way to not only write about issues that she’s passionate about, but also a group of people with whom she could collaborate with and promote important information concerning public health. She hopes to continue said work in her professional career.
Always having had a passion for art, coupled with her interest in the field of medicine, Helena joined CiH to explore this interest, while also engaging in an activity she enjoys. In recognizing the diversity of these public health issues, she hopes to continually learn and express the concerns fuelled in these issues through graphics. Although her interests are expansive, she is particularly interested in learning more about mental health and the societal implications surrounding this topic.
Currently residing in South Korea, Alex is a student with booming interests in biostatistics, microbiology, math. Ever since his older brother began sharing and venting issues concerning his depression and GAD, Alex developed a fervent dedication for researching and promoting awareness for mental health. By being a part of Connect in Health, he hopes to contribute to the advocacy of information regarding mental conditions, drug abuse, as well as other public health issues through the creation of graphics!
Elaine is interested in environmental health and global health, particularly health disparities—where her interests in environmental science and human biology intersect. In working with Connect in Health, she ultimately hopes to be able to share her passions, raise awareness about important health topics, and connect with fellow peers worldwide.