Omkar graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2013 with a degree in Public Health. He developed his passion for public health research at UNMC as a SUARP intern where he worked to discover ways to restore cilia function after debilitation by ethanol. During the summer of 2013, Omkar pursued research work with Dr. Meshell Johnson to study the immune response of Type I and Type II cells in the lung. As an undergraduate, Omkar volunteered extensively with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for low-income families in the Bay Area, New Orleans, and Maui. During his senior year, Omkar was a TA for a popular public health course on campus where he also was Exam and Web Coordinator. Before arriving in Kentucky, he worked at an orthopedic surgeon’s office in Richmond, CA taking histories and recording chief patient complaints. He is excited to undertake work in the rural communities of Appalachia Kentucky in addition to spreading the MCI philosophy.
Dylan recently completed a BSc. in Biochemistry (honors, with distinction) at the University of Victoria as a Loran Scholar, where his research focused on ovarian cancer immunology. During this time he developed a passion for public health and worked with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control to develop a provincial naloxone program aimed at curbing opioid overdose related morbidity and mortality. Further, Dylan worked with the Foundation for Sustainable Development to increase primary care capacity in the Kakamega Rainforest of Western Kenya and KPMG’s health care management consulting practice. He is particularly interested in the design, development, and implementation of high efficiency health care systems for resource-limited settings and health care for marginalized populations. Dylan currently sits on the Board of AIDS Vancouver Island, an organization that provides comprehensive health care services to people infected or affected by HIV and/or HCV on Vancouver Island (Canada). After serving as a Clausen Fellow, Dylan will begin his DPhil (PhD) in Primary Care Health Science at The University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.
Dana Elborno is a Palestinian-American medical student currently in Amman, Jordan on a Fulbright Scholarship. Throughout this year, she will work to help oversee the scale-up of MCI's diabetes programming throughout Jordan, as well as contribute to the ongoing randomized controlled trial in Amman. Through this experience, she will gain a unique perspective in her medical education to prepare her for a career dedicated to caring for underserved populations in America and abroad. She hopes to return to the United States in June 2014 to start her fourth and final year of medical school and apply for a residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology. In her spare time in Amman, she takes arabic classes, cooks and dances dabke.
Josh Rushakoff is the 2013-2014 Clausen Fellow working on the CDC Community Transformation Grant in Appalachian Kentucky. A recent graduate of the University of California, Davis (Phi Beta Kappa) with a B.S. in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology and minors in Economics and Jewish Studies, he is excited by the opportunity to travel across the country and further explore the public health sphere in Kentucky. Josh has worked as a research assistant at MCI for the past year and a half, becoming familiar with, and intrigued by, the MCI model. Outside of his work with MCI, Josh has conducted translational research on immune system dysregulation in a mouse model of autism in Dr. Robert Berman’s Neuroscience Laboratory. Additionally, Josh volunteered at the Knights Landing student-run clinic, providing free health care to a rural, underserved population. Josh is combining his passion for research, economic policy, and community service in his work with MCI. After serving as the Clausen Fellow, he plans to attend medical school.
Marta Prescott is the Clausen Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She was recently a research analyst and project coordinator at Columbia University where she managed a longitudinal study on the mental health of US soldiers returning from overseas. She received her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Michigan where she studied the differences in the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder between soldiers who faced war and civilians who faced trauma in their daily lives. While completing her PhD, she was a research associate at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan, and conducted health policy research on maternal and child health in resource-poor settings. She has engaged in a number of projects involving displaced persons including the long-term mental health effects of chemical gassing in Halabja, Iraq and child development in Ethiopian communities displaced by construction of a hydroelectric dam. For her Master in Public Health with a concentration in global health from the University of Michigan, she conducted research in Sierra Leone along with aid organizations to determine the acceptability of a malaria reduction strategy in refugee camps. She received her BS in Biology from the University of Virginia.
Sha’Tia Safford is the Clausen Fellow working on MCI's Randomized Control Trial in Bell County, Kentucky. She received her MPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX. While at the University of Texas School of Public Health, she pursued a concentration in Global Health which led to conducting research in rural Uganda, Africa. While in Uganda, Sha’Tia evaluated mother to child HIV prevention strategies utilized at three health centers in rural Iganga District, Uganda with the national Uganda Prevention of Mother to Child transmission of HIV strategies. She has engaged in a number of projects involving determining cardiovascular disease risk factors in college age youth, increasing physical activity among adolescent girls, and dietary restraints on family members of individuals that travel extensively for work. Sha’Tia received her B.A. in Anthropology from Texas Tech University.
Dipti Banerjee is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a major in Public Health and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. She became interested in science and social work from an early age and found that public health was an ideal intersection of her two passions. Some of her previous experiences include working locally in Berkeley with a student-run clinic that offers medical and social services to homeless populations, participating in basic science research studying the Dengue virus in an infectious disease lab, and traveling to South India to work with health outreach departments to make health care accessible and affordable for urban and rural slums communities. She plans to go on to medical school and earn a masters in public health, but wants to gain valuable work experience before she re-enters school. She has greatly enjoyed her coursework and fieldwork and is eager to continue exploring the public health field by contributing to the MCI pilot-program in Kentucky.
Note: In July, 2011, The Global Micro-Clinic Project (GMCP) changed its name to Microclinic International (MCI). The pre-2011 fellowships reflect the prior name of our nonprofit.
Nadia Elkarra is the Watson-Akil Research Fellow serving as a regional coordinator for the Global Micro-Clinic Project's operations in Jordan. She is currently a medical student at the University of Jordan. A San Francisco, California native, Nadia served the Arab American community as the social service coordinator of the Arab Cultural and Community Center of the Bay Area. She provided a wide range of health services as well as educational opportunities to immigrant families in California. She has also served as a mentor and tutor to inner-city and immigrant youth in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Nadia is excited about her fellowship with the GMCP because it allows her to employ her medical knowledge and social service experience to make change on a global level.
As an undergraduate studying history, Ishaq earned high honors for her work on South Asia and her minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Ishaq was born in Kashmir and co-founded the non-profit KashmirCorps in 2006 to develop economic, education, and public health projects. She has also collected oral histories about mental health and gender issues and tutored orphans in Kashmir. Ishaq is a recipient of UC Berkeley's Stronach Prize for her research on poverty alleviation.
Kelly Jordan is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Jordan is a Peace and Conflict Studies major focusing on conflict and development in the Middle East and a pre-med student. She is also pursuing the Blum Center's Global Poverty and Practice Minor at UC Berkeley. Jordan has worked as an apprentice with the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Clinic at UCSF's Children's Hospital. Through her work at the WATCH clinic, she was introduced to methods of weight management and treatments for diseases associated with weight, such as asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Jordan volunteered in the summer of 2007 as a health intern for the Institute for Field Research and Expeditions at the district hospital in Kiambu, Kenya, near Nairobi. During this time, she also traveled throughout Kenya and to Uganda and Tanzania. In spring of 2008, Kelly Jordan studied at the University of Jordan in Amman, where she studied Modern Standard Arabic and took classes on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and economic challenges in the Middle East. Lastly, Jordan is a connoisseur of shawarma.
Christina Nesheiwat is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. Nesheiwat is a Peace and Conflict Studies Major, with a concentration in human rights, specifically in relation to women in the Middle East. Nesheiwat is also pursuing a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. Nesheiwat has received the Leadership and Achievement Award Scholarships from the California Alumni Association. She recently was awarded the Afaf Kanafani Scholarship, which is granted annually for outstanding essays dealing with women's human rights issues in the Middle East, by UC Berkeley's Middle Eastern Studies Department. Christina is also involved with several community service programs in Southern California that conduct outreach with at-risk youth and low-income communities. She hopes to one day dub the popular television program The Office entirely into Arabic.
Ashmi Ullal graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's in Molecular and Cell Biology (with an emphasis in Cell and Development Biology) in May 2008. While at UC Berkeley, Ullal worked in Dr. Daniela Kaufer's lab in Integrative Biology, studying the effects of stress and stress hormones on neuroprecursor cells in the hippocampus. Ullal also conducted research under Dr. Lia Fernald in Public Health and Nutrition, working on a number of obesity studies focusing on Latino populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. He volunteered with Suitcase Clinic (Youth Clinic) and at Berkeley Free Clinic as a Spanish-English translator to assist Spanish-speaking clients with completing health insurance forms.