Meet the Fellows

2020 - 2021 President's Fellows

 

Alice Yanhong Lu (she/her/hers)

School of Pharmacy

Alice is a fourth-year student at the School of Pharmacy. She received her B.A. in English and B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017. She is grateful for her didactic pharmacy education, as well as for research experiences in patient-focused drug development and a JRCOSTEP with the Public Health Service at the FDA. Alice applied to join the 2020-2021 President’s Fellow team because she is interested in the pharmacist’s diverse roles in public health and how healthcare providers advocate for health equity on the patient, population, and policy levels. She is excited to learn from her interdisciplinary peers’ thoughts on health literacy as a social determinant of health, and co-author White Paper 2021 on the intersection of rhetoric and healthcare.

 


 

Dominique Gelmann (She/her/hers)

School of Medicine

Dominique Gelmann is a third-year student at the School of Medicine. She graduated with her undergraduate degree in Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland College Park in 2017. She is excited to begin her career in medicine and feels privileged to be entrusted with the task of caring for others and promoting health. She is particularly interested in patient-centered, humanistic care, and believes that this requires an assessment of each of the variables that can impact wellbeing, including the social determinants of health and health literacy.

While educating patients about their condition and discussing healthy lifestyle modifications, she learned to additionally address the potential barriers they might face. The experience provided her with an awareness of the many factors that can influence an individual’s ability to maximize health and participate in care, including lack of a safe environment for outdoor exercise or access to affordable healthy foods. She again witnessed a demand for improvements in patient education, patient-provider communication, and assessment of needs during her third-year medical rotations, and hopes to work toward addressing these gaps. Dominique is looking forward to engaging in an inter-professional, collaborative approach to enhance health literacy education as a President’s Fellow, and is excited to one day translate what she learns on this journey to patient care. 

 


 

Elisabeth Fassas (She/her/hers)

School of Medicine

Elisabeth Fassas (she/her/hers) is a rising M2 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and author of Making Pre-Med Count: Everything I wish I'd known before applying (successfully!) to medical school. She applied to be a summer scholar because she is passionate about determining was tat the University of Maryland can better serve the health of its neighboring Baltimore community.

 


 

Henry E. Inegbenosun (He/him/his)

School of Nursing

Henry E. Inegbenosun is a third-year Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner, a student at the School of Nursing. A Sigma Theta Tau International honor society member, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2015. He also received a professional certificate in Nursing and Health Professions Education in 2020.

Beyond textbook knowledge, Henry is aware of the negative implications of limited health literacy and the multiple determinants of health. His upbringing in Lagos, Nigeria, and nursing experience give him a unique perspective on the topic and its disproportionate impact on marginalized members and minorities in the community. As a result, he is privileged to be a part of this cross-disciplinary initiative to foster upstream strategies that improve community conditions and health-related outcomes. He believes basic health literacy is fundamental to each interaction between health care professionals and patients—every prescription, every treatment, and every recovery. His future goal as a nurse practitioner is to advocate and provide evidence-based healthcare for vulnerable and multicultural populations, in a family context, from birth through end of life. He hopes to empower patients to take charge of their health, their families, and their communities.

 


 

Jocelyn Wang (She/her/hers)

Francis King Carey School of Law

Jocelyn is a second-year student at the Francis King Carey School of Law and uses the pronouns she/her. She decided to apply for this program because it would provide her the opportunity to apply her undergraduate research in underlying causes of social issues as well as her brief foray into the healthcare field in her first two years of college. Jocelyn has a limited experience in health literacy being a social determinant of health, but her knowledge of health literacy was influenced by her personal experiences along with her internship in hospitals as a COPE Health Scholar. She hopes through this program that she can learn more about health literacy. Jocelyn hopes to show why it requires more than healthcare providers to truly understand the issue and make a change in health literacy through her participation in the program. 

 


 

Karen Jung  (She/her/hers)

School of Dentistry

Karen Jung is a second-year student at the School of Dentistry. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests are centered around how technologies can serve as powerful tools to improve the quality, cost, and disparities evident in healthcare. In her previous research, she studied how common platforms like social media could be used to passively engage patients in their health. She has also worked on the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms for clinical care. She became a fellow to further think about how UMB can tap technology as a communication channel for people with various health literacy.

 


 

Kelsie Challenger (She/her/hers)

University of Maryland, College Park

Kelsie Challenger is an undergraduate student and rising senior majoring in Behavioral and Community Health on the pre-medicine track at the University of Maryland, College Park. Kelsie applied to this program because as a public health advocate and pre-med candidate, she wants to be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to address low health literacy among consumers of health information. Kelsie wanted to be a part of an interdisciplinary team to generate recommendations to ensure that correct information is being expressed in a language that properly informs people’s decisions in our own communities. From Kelsie’s personal and clinical experiences, people most affected by low health literacy are communities of color, people with lower education levels, and those with low proficiency levels in English. The more proficient a person is with understanding health information, the more positive the health outcomes. Kelsie’s driving mission is to eliminate health disparities, improving quality of life, and increase access to quality healthcare for all. She believes that creating changes and improving the current structures and policies in place will increase health literacy and improve health outcomes.

 


 

Sakiera Malone (She/her/hers)

School of Social Work

Sakiera Malone is a second-year student at the School of Social Work where she’s a Substance Use Disorder Intervention Fellow (SUDIF). She’s completing her MSW degree with a clinical concentration and specialization in behavior health. Sakiera applied for the fellowship program to get an interprofessional perspective on how we can improve health literacy among underserved communities. Sakiera believes that health literacy is a predictor of overall health and she’s interested in exploring what can be done specifically in the social work profession to improve access to information and resources. Sakiera has worked as a Virtual Student Federal Service Intern with the Indian Health Services where she wrote about health literacy and developed communication material on vaping and tobacco usage targeting American Indian and Alaska Native adolescents. She also was the 2019 Activist-in-Residence at the Quixote Center where she researched the impacts of Hepatitis C on Baltimore City Neighborhoods and developed outreach material for community health workers.

 


 

 Sonia Galvan (She/her/hers)

School of Nursing

Sonia Galvan is a nurse educator and bedside nurse interested in improving Maryland patient outcomes through understanding health literacy.  In her work with both patients and nursing students, she has been constantly reminded of the importance of approaching patient care through a holistic and humanistic lens, with close attention to cultural competence and the social determinants of health.

Sonia received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in nursing from Towson University and is currently completing the first year of her DNP at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Sonia is an associate professor at Harford Community College where she works with undergraduate students to improve patient outcomes through educating new nurses. She hopes to use her knowledge of health literacy gained through this work to inspire her students and improve the quality of their community health and interpersonal communication learning.