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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan will collaborate with the Squirrel Hill Health Center to serve refugees in Pittsburgh, including the Bhutanese, Iraqi, and Congolese populations. He will help refugees overcome language and cultural barriers that prevent migrants from accessing health care and assist in their adjustment to life in the United States. In particular, he will emphasize gastrointestinal health
Carrece will work with the Pittsburgh Project to address the lack of education regarding cardiovascular health and nutrition among third and fourth grade children. She will use interactive, visual and auditory techniques to engage children in healthy eating activities, teach them basic information about heart health, and include physical exercise in each learning session.
Rachel plans to coordinate and implement audiology services at the Birmingham Free Clinic. This will include free, on-the-spot testing and treatment, hearing aid distribution, and counseling in adult populations through assistance from the UPMC Eye and Ear Institute and the University of Pittsburgh.
Corey and Ntasha will expand the Health Minds program, started by a previous Fellow, in its third year at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center. They will empower middle school-aged youth in the Hill District with knowledge of health, social and environmental issues that plague their community.
Michael will be working with his target population at the Adult Rehabilitation Center and Birmingham Clinic to help those suffering from musculoskeletal pain and stress to better manage their symptoms. He hopes to teach these individuals through mindfulness approaches and empower them to improve their daily living, with a focus on tai chi.
Javier will serve the community of Wilkinsburg by expanding a soccer program begun by a former Fellow. This project combines the benefits of physical activity with an educational agenda that will instruct children about environmental and health issues while playing in a safe space.
Dilafruz and Brittany will help uninsured, under served individuals who use opioids through the Birmingham Free Clinic and the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation program. Due to the high risk of overdose associated with opioid use, their project will increase education on overdose avoidance and provide naloxone and training to prevent overdoses.
Milap and Will are going to improve the health and self-esteem of children at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA through the sport of rock climbing. They will use climbing to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, to serve as mentors, to foster environmental awareness, and to help kids create a positive self-image through successfully overcoming physical challenges.
Alexandra’s project will address the need for strong social support networks among LGBT youth in high school. She will work at high schools in Allegheny County to educate LGBT youth about available resources and build a social network among LGBT students while also serving as a positive role model and mentor.
Dana will work with Gwens Girls to reach young women ages 12-16 in middle or high schools in underserved communities in greater Pittsburgh. Her project will address the need for the empowerment of young women, provide a safe space for open-communication and education on healthy lifestyle choices. This project will improve the self-esteem and social