meet the team

Ever since working as a student assistant at an antiviral institute, Michelle learned that many virus strains are underrepresented in terms of media coverage causing less funding to research these viruses. Therefore, she gained interest in spreading information about these underrepresented viruses with hopes that it may spark research to find therapeutic options for these diseases. In the future, Michelle hopes to develop therapeutic and chemotherapeutic agents that mitigate severe side effects patients are facing with current common therapies.

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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.

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Brought to Connect in Health by a love of editing and a curiosity to learn more about public health topics, Will has been working with Connect in Health since its conception. Planning on working internationally, Will is fascinated by the experiences of people from different corners of the world, an enthusiasm which has been fed by Connect in Health's base of global contributors. Will has studied in the United States, Jordan, and South Korea, and his interests span humanities, social sciences, and the arts.

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Vidhya has always wanted to have a career in the public health sphere, whether through being a practicing physician or creating health policy. Her main public health interests include the integration of behavioral health care into primary care settings in underprivileged areas and education around sexual health. Vidhya wants to pursue a career in medicine to bridge the gap between practice and policy, to help physicians be more understanding and better equipped to handle our changing world.

ARIEL HYUNSEO KIM

FOUNDER & MANAGING EDITOR

WILLIAM ROBERTSON

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

VIDHYA PATHY

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

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Sabahat is deeply passionate about physical and mental health. She joined Connect in Health when she observed how public health issues affect everyone, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, or any other factor. For her, Connect in Health is a way to educate both herself and others on the world's pressing health crises. Next year, Sabahat will be a freshman in college. She hopes to explore the interface of biology and technology, which she hopes will help her address health issues in her community and beyond.

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Ever since working as a student assistant at an antiviral institute, Michelle learned that many virus strains are underrepresented in terms of media coverage causing less funding to research these viruses. Therefore, she gained interest in spreading information about these underrepresented viruses with hopes that it may spark research to find therapeutic options for these diseases. In the future, Michelle hopes to develop therapeutic and chemotherapeutic agents that mitigate severe side effects patients are facing with current common therapies.

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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.

SABAHAT RAHMAN

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

MICHELLE JUNG

ASSOCIATE EDITOR

ELAINE ZHANG

PERIODICALS & WEBSITE TEAM

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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.

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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.

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Ann has always had a great passion for the field of public health. Ever since returning from her trip to West Virginia witnessing a frontside view of the opium epidemic, she has been conducting vigilant research in the field of public & global health. She is also interested in software engineering and computer programming and wishes to integrate this through the application of technology in medicine.

CHRISTINA MIN

PERIODICALS TEAM

CLAIRE YUAN

PERIODICALS & WEBSITE TEAM

SEOYUN(ANN) KIM

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

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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.

KAMSI LLOEJE

PERIODICALS & SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

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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.

RUKAN SAIF

PERIODICALS & SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

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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.

HELENA KIM

PERIODICALS & SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

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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!

ALEX JEON

PERIODICALS & SOCIAL MEDIA

& PROJECT TEAM

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With a deep and avid interest in literature, journalism, and public speaking, Sarah hopes to diversify her perspectives of the world by adventuring into the field of public health, which she found a unique string bridging social and natural sciences in Connect in Health. After struggling through wuthering years of puberty, Sarah soon realized major issues surrounding teenage mental health. She is excited to reach various groups with Connect in Health through researches, projects, and sharing her personal experiences. During her free time, Sarah likes to play basketball, fangirl economists, or play the guitar with her sister.

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Through her interest in animal rights, Celine has learned about the risk of zoonoses such as COVID-19 and mad cow disease and wanted to encourage public awareness about zoonoses in order to prevent further disease outbreaks. She realizes that working with CiH is not only the best way to put this thought into action but also pursue her interest in public health. Eventually, she hopes that she could combine her interest in public health, sustainability, and animal rights to contribute to CiH.

SARAH BAEK

WEBSITE & PROJECT TEAM

CELINE YOO

PROJECT TEAM

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Diane became interested in the field of public health as she started studying at Johns Hopkins. She is particularly drawn to the health of women and children, the quality of life of patients, and epidemiology. While working with CiH, Diane hopes to be more exposed to public health issues around the world and learn about public health responses and their successful models. By exploring diverse topics and accurately condensing them to deliver the information to the audience, she strives to grow her research and communication skills.

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.

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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.

DA-YOUNG KANG

WEBSITE & SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

ANIKA MIDHA

PERIODICALS & PROJECT TEAM

SEYUN JOY BANG

PERIODICALS & PROJECT TEAM

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At his high school, Bob is the health and wellness senior prefect, founder of the psychology club, and an active member of the medical journal club. On a daily basis, he works out and practices Keto diet inspired by his one of favorite--Eat, Move, Sleep by Tom Rath. In the future, he hopes to sharpen his writing skills and collaborate with his teammates to broaden the audience through podcasts and social media.

BOB CHEN

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM