Fellows and Projects 2019 - 2020

Vermont Law School

Naveed Nanjee

Naveed's project Leave No Vet Behind served Veterans with a disability who are denied VA benefits for reasons such as the absence of a service connection or the character of discharge. This project identified Veterans in the Upper Valley in need of support, assessed their needs, and found ways to address them through existing federal programs.  
Community Partner: South Royalton Legal Clinic

Vermont Law School

Gillian Cowley and Erika Gerstenberger

Erika and Gillian developed a "Civic Engagement Workshop" designed to empower Vermont's youth to become their own advocate. By pairing the Public Narrative story telling approach with tangible strategy-design and goal-setting, the workshop taught students to become effective advocates for themselves and their communities.  Community Partner: Rights and Democracy Vermont

Vermont Law School/Larner College of Medicine at UVM

Julia MacDonald & Kalin Gregory-Davis

Kalin and Julia helped garner support for Proposition 5, the reproductive rights amendment to the Vermont Constitution. They collected stories from Vermonters through interviews that they then transcribed into narratives. From the pool of people they interviewed, they extended invites for participation in the Planned Parenthood's Speakers Bureau designed to bring the human perspective to reproductive rights advocacy in the state of Vermont.  Community Partner: Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Vermont Law School

Charles Peel & Faith Bickner

Charles and Faith's project supported Vermont inmates housed in Mississippi and their families. They sought to understand and respond to the hardships created by a 1,500-mile familial separation. In addition to visiting Mississippi, the project involved corresponding with, supporting and bringing supplies to inmates. They shared their learnings about the inmate experience in Mississippi with the Vermont's Attorney General. Community Partner: Kassie Tibbits

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Jacob Weiss

Jacob partnered with the Janet S. Munt Family Room to create a mentorship program for struggling fathers.  The program paired volunteer fathers from the Burlington community with fathers participating in the Fathers and Children Together (FACT) program to helps manage stress, overcome challenges, and work to be present, loving fathers to their children.  The Family Room has received a grant to continue the Fathers to Fathers mentorship program.  Community Site: The Janet S. Munt Family Room

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Sara Brennan and Cara Rathmell

Sara and Cara facilitated mindfulness activities, such as yoga, painting and sensory jars, for the children at the Sara Holbrook Community Center Elementary Afterschool Program. The program taught children mindfulness tools to reduce stress and foster emotional and physical wellbeing. Community Partner: Sara Holbrook Community Center

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Adessa Morano & Sheridan Finnie

Adessa and Sheridan developed and taught a cooking and nutrition class to Lund residents (and their babies!).  Their project included collaborating with local food organizations and recipe development for Lund's residential dining services. Community Partner: Lund Family Center

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Rosie Friedman & Emi Eakin

Rosie and Emi created GrandPals, an intergenerational friendship program that connected elementary school children with neighboring seniors.  Participants worked on art projects, read books, shared stories and made memories together.  Grandpals helped alleviate feelings of social isolation in the seniors and improved the social development and attitudes toward aging in the children. Community Partner: Elderwood at Burlington

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Noorin Damji & Kristina Valentine

Noorin and Kristina sustained and expanded the mobile syringe access program in Franklin County, Vermont, reducing the incidence of fatal overdoses and infections. They established greater communication and engagement between the Larner College of Medicine, UVM Medical Center, and people who are affected by substance use disorders. Community Partner: Vermont Cares

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Emily Young

Emily provided free prenatal education, doula labor support and postpartum doula services to underserved women in the Upper Valley. She attended seven births, conducted 40+ postpartum home visits, talked with families in 20+ prenatal visits, and provided a range of support to the new moms.  Her goal was to provide a platform of empowerment during pregnancy, birth, and moving forward in life. Community Partner: TLC Family Resource Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Viven Bazarko & Katherine Gohres

Vivien and Katherine facilitated discussions surrounding sexual health, relationships, and self-advocacy among local teens at the Junction Youth Center to promote healthy sexual attitudes and behaviors. They became trusted confidants to local teens, helping them navigate the confusing worlds of intimacy, relationships, and school. They also developed an elective class for Geisel students that focused on Adolescent Health. Community Partner: The Junction Youth Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Isabelle Yang & Angie Lee

Angie and Isabelle built an affirming "Qmmunity" for LGBTQ teens through a series of in-person events and social media outreach. They worked with teens to develop outlets for self-expression and tools for self-advocacy through social gatherings, an anti-bullying awareness campaign, Open Mic, art contest, writing letters to legislators, and individual mentorship. Community Partner: Rural Outright at TLC Family Resource Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Jonathan Busam & Sadhana Puri

Jonathan and Sadhana initiated a comprehensive nutrition program for pregnant women with opioid use that comprised three components – an initial nutritional assessment, demonstrations of simple recipes, and creation of an evolving cookbook that addresses mother's  specific needs and the needs of their families. The program has become part of the basic programming for all new patients at Mom's in Recovery. Community Partner: DHMC's Mom's in Recovery Program

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Ramzi Ben-Yelles & Arati Gangadharan

Ramzi and Arati presented critical information about recognition, treatment, and recovery of strokes to high-risk communities throughout the Upper Valley. They formed and trained an undergraduate student group to continue the work of raising awareness and understandings about strokes. Community Partner: DHMC Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Program