Student Leadership

The Global Health Program at Cornell University embraces and utilizes undergraduate student knowledge, lived experience, passion and commitment to sustain and strengthen programmatic partnerships, curriculum and activities. Each year, students are invited to participate in leadership positions ranging from the Global Health Student Advisory Board to program and teaching assistant positions.

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Global Health Student Advisory Board (GHSAB) has served as an opportunity for me to hold on to my takeaways from my ELO and extend the same passion into my own community. GHSAB has facilitated an environment for global health scholars from different ELOs to come together and spearhead on and off-campus global health initiatives. This group stands out as a melting pot for students of various backgrounds and career paths, all threaded together with a common passion for global health.

Erin Kim '20

Meet Our Student Leaders!

keith acosta
Keith Acosta

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board, Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Global Health

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I interned at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to help plan, implement and evaluate LGBTQ+ cultural competency trainings for clinical and administrative staff of neighborhood health centers across the city.

What are your global and public health interests? Chronic Disease Disparities, Community Health, Health Equity

efe airewele
Efe Airewele

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Lynn, Massachusetts

What is your role in the global health program? Zambia Program Assistant, Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Global Health, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia where I worked with The Sani Foundation to learn more about the barriers and opportunities for persons with intellectual disabilities to access employment and the related effects on their health. I was also able to participate in another ELO where I shadowed at Weill-Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania and supported a physician in her schistosomiasis research.

What are your global and public health interests? Infectious Diseases, Community-Based Research and Interventions

talia bailes
Talia Bailes

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

What is your role in the global health program? General Program Assistant, Teaching Assistant: Leadership Development in Global and Public Health, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I worked with a professor in Medellín, Colombia at the Universidad de Antioquia to examine the connection between dance and well-being in children.

What are your global and public health interests? Child and Adolescent Health, Literacy, Intersection of Dance and Health, Community Cohesion

joanna bernatowicz
Joanna Bernatowicz

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Scranton, Pennsylvania

What is your role in the global health program? India Program Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health/Industrial Labor and Relations program in India. My project at Vivekananda Memorial Hospital in Sargur, India, involved the integration of Ayurvedic and allopathic counseling recommendations for diabetes, diet, and pre/postnatal care- alongside my mentor, other physicians, the counselors, and the patients of VMH.

What are your global and public health interests? Primary Care, Palliative Care, Women and Children's Health, and Health Systems Learning

diego burga
Diego Burga

Major: Biological Sciences

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia where I researched ways of understanding and mitigating lead exposure in Kabwe through the use of a one health approach.

What are your global and public health interests? NGO-Public Sector Partnerships, One Health, Medical Anthropology, Biosocial Approach to Global Health

mikayla durant

Makayla Durant

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the burden of type II diabetes. I was also given the opportunity to intern at Building a Caring Community, a center supporting children with intellectual and physical disabilities.

What are your global and public health interests? Children’s Health, Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases

erin kim
Erin Kim

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

What is your role in the global health program? Tanzania Program Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched Tuberculosis infection control. I also had the opportunity to shadow physicians in Machame Hospital, a rural hospital in the Kilimanjaro region.

What are your global and public health interests? Health Policy, Substance Abuse Research

valencia lambert
Valencia Lambert

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia where I did research that examined the role of the nutrition profession within Zambia.

What are your global and public health interests? Maternal and Child Health, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

simran malhotra
Simran Malhotra

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Millburn, NJ

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health/Industrial and Labor Relations Program in India where I interned at nonprofit Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM). My project included creating a digitalized diabetic patient registry for the counseling department, which enabled them to filter for annual statistics on hospital progress with treating diabetics.

What are your global and public health interests? Maternal Mortality, Infectious Disease, Chronic Diseases

bunmi osias
Bunmi Osias

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Timonium, MD

What is your role in the global health program? General Program Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the increasing rate of perinatal mortality on the national level. I also interned at TRMEGA, an NGO that focuses on empowering most vulnerable children and women with HIV/AIDS.

What are your global and public health interests? Medical Ethnobotany, Food Systems, Road Traffic Safety

aneri patel
Aneri Patel

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Paramus, New Jersey

What is your role in the global health program? Tanzania Program Assistant

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the increasing burden of Type II diabetes in urban Moshi. I also had the opportunity to shadow physicians in Machame Hospital, a rural hospital in the Kilimanjaro region.

What are your global and public health interests? Nutrition, Non-Communicable Diseases, Economic Disparities and Access to Healthcare

jasmine peng
Jasmine Peng

Major: Biological Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Central Texas

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched Acute Respiratory Infections in children under 5. I also interned at Building a Caring Community, a center supporting children with intellectual and physical disabilities.

What are your global and public health interests? Maternal and Childhood Health, Sustainability, Global Health in Relation to Medicine

kieu anh peng
Kieu Anh Phan

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Hanoi, Vietnam

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health/Industrial and Labor Relations Program in India and my project was focused on diabetes. I helped to create an automated version of the Indian Diabetes Risk Score to be used in a Diabetes Screening Camp and also prepared educational materials on diabetes to distribute to the camp participants and staff at our partner organization, SVYM.

What are your global and public health interests? Nutrition, Health Education, Social Entrepreneurship

clara rice
Clara Rice

Major: Health Care Policy

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown:  Lambertville, New Jersey

What is your role in the global health program? Zambia Program Assistant

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia and did research on the role of nutrition professionals in the context of malnutrition and non-communicable diseases.

What are your global and public health interests? Maternal Health and Mortality, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition

emily sanchez
Emily Sanchez

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: West Orange, New Jersey

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the impact of energy insecurity in health facilities. I also volunteered at the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM).

What are your global and public health interests? Gender-Based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Mental Health

Jonah Schieber

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: San Francisco, California

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched opioid dependence and addiction. I also shadowed at Machame Hospital and viewed surgery, outreach, and inpatient care.

What are your global and public health interests? Infectious Disease, Community Health

gabby statia
Gabby Statia

Major: Global and Public Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Washington, DC

What is your role in the global health program? Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Zambia, where I researched women-led emergency preparedness and disaster management, in partnership with SAIPAR and ActionAid Zambia.

What are your global and public health interests? Public Health Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health

tina ting
Tina Ting

Major: Biological Sciences

Graduation Year: 2020

Hometown: Queens, NY

What is your role in the global health program? Tanzania Program Assistant

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the effects of maternal mental health on the outcome of mothers and neonates. I also interned at Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) where I was able to learn more about the importance of nutrition while also gaining a better understanding of the impact of the government on healthcare in Tanzania.

What are your global and public health interests? Maternal Health, Public Health, Inequities in Medical Care and Access

MacKenzie vick
MacKenzie Vick

Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Coto de Caza, California

What is your role in the global health program? Tanzania Program Assistant, Member of the Global Health Student Advisory Board

What did you do for your experiential learning opportunity? I participated in the Cornell Global Health Program in Tanzania where I researched the impacts of maternal mental health on mothers and neonates. I also shadowed medical professionals at Machame Hospital.

 What are your global and public health interests? Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Infectious Disease