Emilie Sohl is a senior from Duke University, currently studying Psychology and Global Health. She is originally from Long Beach, CA, but came to Duke because of the Global Health program and the endless array of opportunities within the university. She is specifically interested in devising more efficient models of healthcare delivery to the general population as well as healthcare reform. Over the summer she worked with a primary care clinic for homeless veterans at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Los Angeles. More specifically she researched the development of an inter-professional team in a primary care setting, as well as the delivery of humanistic care within challenging patient populations. Through this experience, she gained insight into the possible uses of personalized healthcare within the VA, but would like to disseminate the importance and possible uses of personalized healthcare to other private and public health systems. In her spare time she likes to ski, run, and cook. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as trying new restaurants.
Gary Wang is a sophomore from Bothell, WA studying Neuroscience and Health Policy at Duke University. As a pre-medical student, he has always loved the sciences, but through coursework and clinical experiences has realized that health care is more than just the science of medicine – it is also an industry driven by policy and business decisions. This understanding has led him to become interested in exploring domestic health policy solutions to reduce system costs while increasing quality of care. In particular, he is excited to explore how different stakeholders can be incentivized to integrate personalized health care into existing health systems. He believes that through preventative and proactive measures, personalized healthcare has the ability to provide a superior model of care that truly puts the patient first. In his free time, Gary enjoys running, singing, and binge watching TV dramas with friends.
Emma Achola is a senior from Juliette, Georgia majoring in Public Policy Studies at Duke University. Her interest in health care began with pre-medical studies but quickly morphed into a desire to leverage policy decisions to improve our nation’s health care system. This past summer, she interned at Children’s National Medical Center where she worked to integrate mental health practices into primary care clinics and tackle the effects of toxic stress in children and families in D.C. Through this experience, she came to understand the role of patient-centered health care in the move towards a more value-based system. She also saw the power in using health care as a tool for social change. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family and dismantling systems that oppress marginalized identities.
Lauren Nahouraii was born and raised in North Carolina. She is currently a rising senior at Duke University majoring in Economics and is working on her thesis focusing on health economics. While interning on the National Academy of Medicine’s Roundtable for Translating Genomics for Health Care last summer, she became interested in precision medicine, an innovative approach to disease prevention and treatment that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles. She is excited to work with the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care in order to explore how a patient-centered approach to care can improve health outcomes for patients. At the Center, she is working on a cost-effectiveness analysis of shared medical appointments which allow patients greater access to their doctor. In her free time, Lauren enjoys baking, dancing, and volunteering with kids.
Kelsey Sicard grew up in a small town in Maine. She is entering her junior studying Public Policy and Statistics. Her specific interest in domestic healthcare policy began in a class during which she studied the interaction between current biomedical practices and patient cultural and personal beliefs. She is excited to explore healthcare models that treat patients as whole and individual beings, focusing on all aspects of their health during care. She is also interested in learning how medical data can be collected and utilized to improve care on an individual basis. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys finding new places to hike around North Carolina and tutoring children in local elementary schools.
Natalie Moszczynski grew up in Watchung, New Jersey. She is currently in her sophomore year at Duke University and is majoring in Public Policy and Global Health with a minor in Polish. She is interested specifically in public health, especially in how to better current health care policies, both domestic and international. After volunteering at a hospital for a few years, she became curious about the policies that affected patients and how they were treated. This led her to the Center for Research on Personalized Healthcare, which she hopes will help her gain insight into how healthcare evolves and how the community responds to such changes through the Center’s research. She is a fluent Polish speaker and enjoys cooking and fencing on the Duke Varsity team.
Wendy Ji is from Cary, North Carolina. She is currently a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Business Administration. Her policy concentration is in Global and U.S. Health Policy and she hopes to be involved with public health efforts in the future. After learning that 25 years of Americans’ life expectancy is due to public health advancements, she became interested in the preventative aspects of healthcare. She is very excited to be joining the Center for Personalized Healthcare and hopes to learn how to better promote personalized healthcare for younger and underserved populations. Wendy enjoys hiking, volunteering with kids, and traveling when she gets the chance.
Sierra Reid is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with majors in Public Policy and Anthropology and a minor in Medical Anthropology. Her interest in public health and health policy was sparked by learning about U.S. health disparities through coursework and experience as a hospital volunteer. With her medical anthropology and health policy background she is interested in improving health and well being through micro level policy, particularly for populations disproportionately impacted by health disparities such as racial and ethnic minorities. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Center in order to expand her understanding of personalized health care and to consider its implications for the health of marginalized populations. In addition, she is interested in the potential of prospective approaches to health care to foster personal and community engagement in health. In her free time Sierra appreciates a good concert, travel and cooking.
Phoebe Long is a senior from Massachusetts finishing up her double major in Public Policy and Psychology. She is interested in public health, particularly in the creation of policies that improve access to health care in underserved populations. She is also fascinated by research that studies the determinants of human behavior, and its intersection with health. Through work at the Center for Research on Personalized Health Care, she hopes to conduct original research as a contributor author to the Center’s blog and gain insight in the forces that shape health care decision-making. She also is involved in research in higher education at Sanford School of Public Policy.
Shelley Chen grew up in Walnut, California and is currently an undergraduate senior at Duke University. After coming to college, she became interested in improving the quality of healthcare for chronically ill patients. Her research interests include the application of economic data analysis, ultimately understanding how health outcome and behavior are affected by external factors like income, insurance status, and healthcare reform. She feels fortunate to be progressing in her research on the impact of socioeconomic differences on breast cancer survival. She is also very excited to have discovered the Center for Research on Personalized Healthcare and the personalized healthcare movement so that all her interests can be applied towards an innovative cause as a contributing author to the blog. At Duke, she is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Kidznotes, and the Duke Symphony Orchestra. Her single favorite activity is playing the clarinet with her teacher, Jimmy Gilmore.
Ellen Soskin is a rising senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota, currently studying public policy at Duke University. Her policy focus at Duke is in public health and global health. During a research stay in rural South Africa, she became interested in exploring ways to strengthen health systems through policy decisions. She is especially interested in finding the best policies to make patients feel more responsible for their own health and more involved in their health care decisions. She is also a Chinese minor, and enjoys baking and watching & coaching soccer in her spare time.