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Penn CIGHT Sponsors two interns in the Leonard Davis Institute's SUMR Scholars Program
The SUMR program is an endeavor by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and the Health Care Systems Department of the Wharton School to provide underrepresented minority undergraduate students to explore the exciting field of health services research.
CIGHT SUMR Interns 2011
To Nhu Huynh
To Nhu Huynh is a rising senior majoring in Health and Societies, minoring in East Asian Studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in epidemiology, community-based participatory research (CBPR), anthropology, and history of medicine. As an intern at Penn CIGHT, To Nhu is working with Penn CIGHT postdoctoral trainee Diana Harris to study parental perceptions on genetic pediatric bio-banking at CHOP, both from a qualitative and quantitative perspective. Understanding health and illnesses from a community’s perspective and applying them in practice is To Nhu’s passion, and she hopes to pursue a PhD in anthropology and masters in public health in the future.
CIGHT SUMR Interns 2010
Sade Bell is a rising junior at Emory University. She is a biology major and pre-medical student, and serves as the vice president of the Georgia Beta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society. As a summer intern at Penn CIGHT, Sade worked with CIGHT postdoctoral trainee Jasmine McDonald on the "Enhancing Genetic Literacy in African-Americans" project. Through this project, Sade gained experience developing a culturally targeted genetic education brochure to improve genetic literacy in African Americans. Sade is interested in working on preventative health care policy, and aspires to become dean at a medical school one day.
Maricruz Cisneros attends Arizona Western College, majoring in biology/pre-med. Maricruz is a rising senior, who is very passionate about helping low-income minorities who are at higher risks of poor outcomes due to being uninsured. She is also very interested in helping to develop a system, in which all low-income Mexican students would be able to receive a free-college education, as in the United States. During her summer with Penn CIGHT, Maricruz worked with Barbara Bernhardt and Cara Zayac to explore the issues of uncertainties of prenatal diagnosis with comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) microarray. Maricruz took part in coding transcripts to understand patient and provider perspectives towards this technology. She was also involved in developing educational materials for patients and families about Genome-wide Array-Based Testing. One day Maricruz plans to obtain her MD and become a family practitioner. Eventually Maricruz would love to utilize her medical knowledge to conduct health services research.
CIGHT SUMR Interns 2009
Shana Green is a recent graduate of Howard University where she majored in anthropology and minored in chemistry. In fall 2009, she will attend Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health studying social science research in public health. She plans to receive a MPH degree and later a PhD in maternal and child health or epidemiology. Her main career goal is to work on maternal and child health outcomes and implementation research associated with relieving some of the health burdens of mothers and children. Some of her other research interest include HIV/ AIDS and infectious disease. As a summer intern at Penn CIGHT, Shana is working with CIGHT Postdoctoral Researcher Elly Teman on her Ultra Orthodox Jewish Women and Prenatal Diagnosis project to find out what the reproductive decision making process is for ultra orthodox jewish women surround prenatal genetic testing.
Brittany is a rising junior at Emory University. She is currently majoring in Anthropology and Human Biology. Her research interests are in health disparities in African-American populations and improving health care for such populations. As a summer intern at Penn CIGHT, Brittany is working on Barbara Bernhardt's project identifying barriers to genetic screening for the disorder Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) through online deliberation. The project will also ascertain attitudes toward genetic screening in people who either have HHT or are relatives of individuals with HHT.