If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?
Cecile Richards. She has revitalized the reproductive justice movement with her activism and I’d love to hear more about her story.
What motivates you to create social impact?
The world can always be better.
Host Site Overview
The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.
Host Site Project
The New Sector Fellow will focus on two projects: Project 1: Optimizing hypertension (HTN) management (70% effort). Background: HTN is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the US, affecting 1 in 3 Americans, and a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. A wide variety of antihypertensive medications are effective in treating HTN and reducing the risk of adverse outcomes; nevertheless, blood pressure remains suboptimally controlled in a sizeable percentage of patients nationally. This is also true at Fenway, where 786/2584 patients diagnosed with HTN are suboptimally controlled (defined as having a BP of >140/90). For this project, the RISE fellow will be responsible for designing and implementing an evidence-based intervention to improve BP control among Fenway patients. Project 2: Addressing disparities in cancer screening (30% effort). Background: Cervical, breast, and colon cancer screening programs utilizing Pap testing, mammography, and colonoscopy are effective in reducing cancer mortality related to these diseases. Nationally, certain populations– for example, Asian-identified women– have been found to experience disparities in screening rates. This is also true at Fenway, where reduced rates of Pap testing, mammography, and colonoscopy have been demonstrated among Asian-identified women. For this project, the RISE fellow will be responsible for designing and implementing a targeted outreach effort to engage Asian-identified women who are overdue for cancer screening in care. If desired, the RISE fellow will also have the opportunity to learn smoking cessation counseling skills and conduct 1:1 counseling sessions with Fenway patients under the supervision of the Women’s Health Program Coordinator and the Director of Women’s Health.