Fellows and Projects 2020-2021

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Aya Mahder Bashi and Kennedy Jensen

Aya and Kennedy will partner with staff at Mom's and Recovery to explore and expand the opportunities for mothers recovering from substance use disorders to find meaningful work or pursuing further education in an effort to further support moms' resilience and financial independence. Community Partner: Moms in Recovery

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Fatima Haidar

Given that approximately one in five children in the United States is obese, "How to Eat" is a project designed to combat childhood obesity in the Upper Valley. To do so, Fatima aims to educate school-aged and teenage children on how to read nutrition facts and cook simple, nutrient-dense meals with their families.  Community Partner: Upper Valley Haven

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Keegan O'Hern and Amy Liang

Keegan and Amy are addressing dermatological needs for the underserved in the Upper Valley.  They are teaming up with the Good Neighbor Health Clinics to support local skin cancer screenings and provide community outreach and educational materials to empower patients at the clinics with the knowledge to address their health concerns. Community Partner: Good Neighbor Health Clinics

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Prianca Tawde and Brendan Barth

Brendan and Prianca will be teaching and applying concepts of Design Thinking to better equip Community Health Workers and Parish nurses to solve problems affecting vulnerable populations in the Upper Valley. They plan to cultivate a community of design amongst these critical upstream players in order to have a sustained impact on how problems related to the social determinants of health are tackled. Community Partner: Population Health Office at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College

Arvind Suresh and Arhem Barkatullah

Arvind and Arhem will tackle food insecurity in East Orange County, VT by implementing prescriptions for healthy food, improving food access, and integrating culturally specific nutrition education. They will facilitate the distribution of fresh produce and other groceries at each of the Little Rivers clinics in conjunction with a nutritional needs assessment and population-specific nutrition education resources. Community PartnerLittle Rivers Healthcare

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Mark Oet and Victor Abraham

Victor and Mark will work with the staff of the Milton Public Library to develop and expand the library's existing "Teen Space" program for youth in the community. The program will facilitate community engagement and help teach social skills, wellness habits, and strategies for healthy relationships
Community Partner: Milton Public Library

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Jenna Elkhoury and Liam John

Jenna and Liam's project aims to create meaningful connections between young people who live in a low-income housing development and residents of a senior housing community across the street. Their project targets the interests of both groups through cooking, art, gardening, and more in an attempt to change social views on aging. Community Partner(s): Cathedral Square Senior Living and Champlain Housing Trust

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Jennifer Risi and Delaney Sztraicher

Jenn and Delaney will create an after-school program designed to inspire elementary school girls to engage with STEM fields. These young women will participate in hands on learning experiences with ongoing mentorship. These initiatives intend to empower these young women and foster their STEM interests to help close the gender gap. Community Partner: Edmunds Elementary School

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Sean Muniz and Cyrus Thomas-Walker

Sean and Cyrus will create an initiative to train community members in hands-only CPR throughout Chittenden County, Vermont. They will hold classes with a multitude of community partners (maintaining appropriate social distancing) as well as develop a CPR game kiosk to provide additional training opportunities. Community Partner: UVM Medical Center Emergency Department

Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Akua Frimpong and Niveditha Badrinarayanan

Akua and Niveditha will create Medical Education Directive, a mentorship program that pairs underrepresented high school students with premedical and medical students. The objective of this program is to provide students with mentors who can guide them on pathways to the healthcare field and expose them to careers in medicine through activities, trips, and workshops. Community Partner: Health Education Resource Opportunities

Vemont Law School

Matthew Fischer

Matthew will team up with Vermont's Department of Corrections, Community Justice Centers, Vermont Law School's Center for Justice Reform, and various non-profits to implement re-entry practices for citizens after incarceration that properly address trauma, addiction, and factors that lead to America's high recidivism rates.  Programs will be designed to create a sense of hope, self-worth, and foster resiliency.  Community Partner: Vermont Department of Corrections

Vermont Law School

Arielle King and Jameson Davis

Coinciding with the enactment of the Vermont Ethics Studies Bill (H.3(Act 1)), Jameson and Arielle are creating a middle school teachers guide that incorporates Black history into the study of health, science, and the environment through the lens of Environmental Justice (EJ).  They are also working with the Town of Hartford to create an antiracism policy and set of procedures.  Community Partner: Hartford, VT School District

Vermont Law School

Bradford Farrell

Brad is partnering with The Sharon Academy to develop and implement an outdoor education and recreation course. This course will give students the knowledge and confidence to use the outdoors as an outlet for the stressors they experience in day to day life. Community Partner: The Sharon Academy

Vermont Law School

Ricardo Edwards and Nicole Adelman

Ricardo and Nicole's project will serve students at White River Valley High School. They intend to create an in-school program that allows students to express their everyday realities through the use of Restorative Circles. Participants will have the opportunity to understand their values, aspirations, and future goals and have likely experienced poverty, anxiety, and trauma; the project centers on promoting psychosocial and overall mental wellness. Community Partner: White River Valley High School