Ayanna Smith is an Environmental Fellow. Ayanna will work with African-American teen girls at the Jeron X. Grayson Center to educate them on sexual health and empower them to make healthy decisions.
Shannon Schroeder is a Traditional Fellow. Shannon plans to facilitate a psycho-educational group that coincides with expressive activities for adult women who struggle with low self-esteem, body image, and negative lifestyle choices.
Martha Ndung’U is a Traditional Fellow. Martha will provide chronic disease and naloxone education and training to incarcerated individuals at the Allegheny County Jail, as well as provide community resources post-incarceration.
Chelsea McGraw is a Traditional Fellow. Chelsea will implement a “Gratitude Project” at Gwen’s Girls, which will focus on expressing appreciation, love, gratitude, and empowerment through journals, poetry, and illustrations.
Kara Magliocca and Courtney Wallace are Traditional Fellows, and they are continuing the HEAR UP project started by a previous Fellow. Kara and Courtney will provide hearing evaluations, fit patients for hearing aids, and provide counseling and aural rehabilitation at the Birmingham Clinic and Squirrel Hill Health Center.
Chelsea Kolodziej and Amy Wright are Environmental Fellows. They will work to strengthen the health of mothers and children to reach developmental milestones and promote family relationships in a holistic manner at the Life-Way Pregnancy Center in Latrobe, PA.
Daniel Jacobson is a Traditional Fellow. Daniel’s project will provide educational resources, support, and a safe space for gay men of color to discuss relationship-centered issues at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
Beverly Hersh and Alexandra Sansosti are Traditional Fellows. They will implement an arts and culture program for underprivileged young women at Gwen’s Girls. Their focus is on empowerment, self-worth, and inspiration through creativity and art.
Rudo Gotto and Anastasia Markovisoya are Traditional Fellows who will work with refugees from Bhutan, Thailand, and Tanzania at the South Hills Interfaith Movement Family Center. They will provide workshops that focus on health science careers as well as health literacy, nutrition, stress management, and empowerment.
Caroline Hamilton and Emma Gossard are Traditional Fellows, and they are continuing a project started by a previous Fellow. Caroline and Emma will implement a social support network and health education program for LGBT youth ages 13 to 18 at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh.
Anna Coutsoumbis is a Traditional Fellow and will implement an activities program for the elderly population at the Homewood House. Anna will focus on social interaction through crafts, games, and storytelling.
Claire Becker and Alexandra Linn are Environmental Fellows. They will provide an individualized education program for patients at the Birmingham Free Clinic who need support managing their Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Molly Bachmann is a Traditional Fellow, and she will implement an exercise program at the Parkside Manor in Brookline. Molly’s project will help individuals, 65 years of age and older, to improve balance, increase strength and flexibility, and decrease falls.
Maaz Ahsan, an Environmental Fellow, will address the educational component of making healthy choices through interactive workshops that focus on diet, nutrition, and exercise. Maaz will predominantly work with immigrant populations at the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh’s Food Pantry.
Archita is a Traditional Fellow, and she will work with patients at the Birmingham Free Clinic. Archita will educate patients on utilizing the clinic for their acute and primary care needs rather than visiting an emergency department for treatment.