Thirteen students receive Rose Service apprenticeship grants for winter and spring projects | News

Ayah Hamdan and her intern Lana Sabbah met with doctors, public health practitioners and refugee clients of the nonprofit Healthy Lincoln.

January 20, 2022 – Over the next few months, students from the latest group of Rose Service Learning Fellows at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health are launching a wide range of field projects with goals ranging from gender-based violence against widows in Ghana to HIV Prevention Among Injection Drug Users in Boston.

The fellowship program, established in 2018 with a gift from Deborah Rose, SM ’75, combines peer-to-peer learning, reflective activities, and immersive work experiences. Emphasis is placed on engaging fellows as on-the-job learners, while highlighting the importance – and challenges – of acting in service to others.

Fellowships are awarded at the end of the fall and spring semesters and are open to any student or postdoctoral fellow who has completed at least one semester of coursework. To qualify, students must demonstrate that their projects meet a need identified by the community and that they will work in collaboration with local partners.

Among the current cohort of 13 students, some projects are already underway, while others have had their start dates delayed due to concerns and travel restrictions around the COVID-19 Omicron variant. Here are some examples:

Tanat ChinbunchornTanat Chinbunchor, MPH ’22, works with the Fenway Institute in Boston to identify facilitators and barriers to the use of PrEP – drugs to prevent HIV infection – among people who inject drugs, and to improve client access to HIV prevention services through peer-led programs. support groups.
Ayah HamdanAyah Hamdan, SM ’22, is in Nebraska to provide culturally sensitive training to refugee women on the use of the HERA smartphone app. This project is a pilot project for her company Fatima Connect, which leverages digital health app solutions to improve health outcomes for displaced women around the world.
Christine KendalChristine Kendall, DrPH ’22, works with young mothers in her role as chair of the board of directors of Roca, a nonprofit organization in Massachusetts. Her project aims to highlight the power of motherhood as a force for good in the lives of women and their children traumatized by poverty.
Patience SaakaPatience Saaka, MPH ’22, is a passionate advocate for ending gender-based violence. Through her scholarship project, she hopes to raise awareness of physically and psychologically abusive widowhood rites in Ghana by telling stories of survivors.

–Amy Roder

Feature photo: Ayah Hamdan

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