Fellows and Projects 2019 - 2020

Vermont Law School

Allison Rogers

Allison will increase opportunities for yoga and access to music for the incarcerated population in Vermont and New Hampshire. Her project is dually focused on bringing trauma-informed yoga and music to prisoners, as well as empowering yoga teachers, legal practitioners and future lawyers to use their voice in support of restorative justice and community healing. Community Site: Prison Yoga Project Vermont Chapter

Vermont Law School

Naveed Nanjee

Naveed will expand the scope of VITA Tax Center by providing additional training and resources to help individuals who qualify apply for the Premium Tax Credit while filing their taxes. The project also aims to provide resources at the VITA Tax Center to help individuals who qualify apply for Medicaid and Disability services.  Community Partner: VITA Tax Center, Vermont Law School

Vermont Law School

Gillian Cowley and Erika Gerstenberger

Gillian and Erika will develop a civic engagement training program to empower members of Vermont communities to play a role in the statewide lawmaking process. These trainings will target members of diverse and vulnerable communities and help them gain the skills to vocalize their opinions and tell their stories to advocate for their rights in a structured and effective legislative context. Community Partner: Rights and Democracy Vermont

Vermont Law School/Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Julia MacDonald & Kalin Gregory-Davis

Through an interdisciplinary collaboration, Kalin (Larner School of Medicine) and Julia (Vermont Law School) will compile narratives of women's abortion experiences. Utilizing the patient perspective, they seek to shift perceptions, offer support, and create a model to improve reproductive healthcare reform. Community Partner: Planned Parenthood

Vermont Law School

Charles Peel & Faith Bickner

Charles and Faith's project will serve Vermont inmates being housed in Mississippi and their families. The students intend to evaluate and respond to hardships created by a 1,500-mile familial separation. In addition to visiting Mississippi, the project will involve organizing activities with locally impacted families and working with the Vermont House Committee on Corrections and Institutions to build a long-term, in-state solution. Community Partner: TBD

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Jacob Weiss

Jacob will work with the staff of the Family Room in Burlington, Vermont to design and implement a mentorship program for fathers in the Burlington community.  The program will provide opportunities for fathers to connect with peers and mentors with the goal of helping fathers make positive decisions for themselves and their families. Community Site: The Janet S. Munt Family Room

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Sara Brennan and Cara Rathmell

Sara and Cara will initiate a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at the elementary after-school program at the Sara Holbrook Community Center in Burlington, Vermont.  This program will teach 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 will teach a community-based nutrition and healthy lifestyle course, called "Nourish Together," that will integrate skills and information regarding nutrition, meal planning, budgeting, etc. within a framework of co-creation of knowledge and emphasizing individual and group empowerment through accessing one's own expertise and experiences.  Community Partner: Lund

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Rosie Friedman & Emi Eakin

Rosie and Emi will create an intergenerational program that facilitates relationship-building between senior citizens residing in long-term care and elementary school children. Children and their "GrandPal" will engage in fun, mutually-beneficial weekly activities designed to alleviate feelings of social isolation in seniors and improve the social development and attitudes toward aging amongst the children. Community Partner: Elderwood at Burlington

Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont

Noorin Damji & Kristina Valentine

Noorin and Kristina will sustain and expand the mobile syringe access program in Franklin County, Vermont, reducing the incidence of fatal overdoses and infections. They aim to establish 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 will offer free prenatal education and postpartum doula services to underserved pregnant women in the Upper Valley, focusing on teenaged mothers. This will provide young women with education and support surrounding pregnancy and new motherhood. The broader aim is to provide a platform of empowerment during pregnancy, birth, and moving forward in life. Community Partner: Women's Health Resource Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Viven Bazarko & Katherine Gohres

Vivien and Katherine will lead sex-positive sexual education workshops for teens at the Junction Youth Center. The workshops will be led by trained medical students and will aim to reduce feelings of sexual shame and teach young people about consent, refusal, and sexual pleasure. Community Partner: The Junction Youth Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Isabelle Yang & Angie Lee

Angie and Isabelle's project – "Qmmunity" – aims to address mental health disparities among LGBTQ teenagers in the Upper Valley by empowering them to become self-advocates for their communities. They will increase visibility of the young queer population in this rural setting by implementing programs that foster leadership, political advocacy, and artistic self-expression skills. Community Partner:  Rural Outright at TLC Family Resource Center

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Jonathan Busam & Sadhana Puri

Jonathan and Sadhana are initiating a comprehensive nutrition program for pregnant women with opioid use disorder. The program is comprised of three components – an initial nutritional assessment, demonstrations of simple recipes, and creation of a cookbook that addresses mothers' specific needs and the needs of their families. Community Partner: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Purple Pod

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College

Ramzi Ben-Yelles & Arati Gangadharan

Ramzi and Arati will establish a Dartmouth undergraduate lead stroke education program that facilitates awareness among underserved or high-risk communities in the Upper Valley about recognition, treatment, and recovery of strokes.  Community Partner: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke Program