Zoe Denise Atkinson
Zoe Denise Atkinson is a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in psychology with a minor in Business & Administration. Zoe transferred from Nash Community College where she received her Associates in Arts Degree with Honors concentrating in Psychology. During her enrollment at Nash Community College she participated in Student Government Association, and was inducted into Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society as well as Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Zoe has been involved with the CHER Project, MAPSCorps for two years as a data scientist. She plans to obtain her Master’s in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and become an industrial-organizational psychologist. Zoe is passionate about improving and working with her community and succeeding at UNC.
Addie Coleman is a Research Assistant for UNC Re-Envisioning Health & Justice Lab and is working on the Covid Prison Project. She is a PhD student in the department of Health Policy and Management at UNC. She graduated with honors from UNC in the spring of 2020 with a B.A. in Sociology and Management & Society. Her thesis focused on the impact of race/ethnicity, gender, and educational attainment on access to health care among working-aged adults in the United States. Broadly, her research interests now include sociodemographic disparities in health care access, political determinants of health, and mass incarceration.
Anisha Khanna is a senior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health majoring in Health Policy and Management with minors in Biology and Chemistry. She has been involved with CHER for two years now and has worked on multiple projects including SEARCH, MAPSCorps, and CRx-CVD. After graduation, Anisha plans on working in hospital management and eventually obtaining a Masters in Health Administration. Outside of academics, Anisha manages UNC AMWHO, a student organization that plans UNC campus’s largest undergraduate public health conference and sings with an a capella group.
Jennifer Lao is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill pursuing a BS in Biology, a BA in History, and a minor in Chemistry.Through her coursework, Jennifer developed research interests in racial health disparities, health care reform, and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, as Vice President of Publicity of the organization Active Minds at Carolina, she has a deep interest in mental health and hopes to tackle issues surrounding mental health stigma and accessibility to adequate resources.
Jennifer is currently working in the Re-Envisioning Health & Justice Lab on the COVID Prison Project by assisting in data collection of COVD-19 cases reported by jails and prisons. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education and earn a Master’s degree in public health for health policy.
Savinna is a senior at the Kenan-Flagler Business School majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing Management and Sales and a minor in Social and Economic Justice. Savinna earned her Associate’s degree from Alamance Community College in 2019. Savinna has had some experience in healthcare as a pharmacy technician, an intern for Heal the Brain with Jane, a nonprofit for stroke and TBI survivors, and a Business Development and Marketing Specialist for Nuventra Pharma Sciences. Savinna is passionate about social justice and equity in all areas–healthcare, education, workplace, and more–and plans to pursue an MPH or an MPA in the future.
Sara O’Brien is a sophomore at UNC with an intended major in Biostatistics and a minor in Spanish for the Medical Professions. Sara has a specific interest in the intersection of data analytics and health equity research in Spanish-speaking communities. Her remote work with ASSADE, a grassroots public health organization in Guatemala, has provided her with valuable exposure to this field.
Sara also acts as a Covenant Peer Mentor for first-year students at UNC. As a first-generation, low-income student herself, she hopes to be a valuable resource for these students throughout their academic journey. Sara serves as the Social Media Chair for Vegans for Peace UNC, where she is able to pursue her interests in digital communications and animal welfare.
Upon graduation, Sara plans to pursue an MPH or PhD in Epidemiology. She looks forward to gaining as much experience as possible with public health research in her time at UNC.
Cambray Smith, BS
Cambray recently joined UNC’s MD-PhD program and will be entering medical school in summer 2020. Her summer rotation is in the lab of Leah Frerichs, PhD and she will be joining the MAPSCorps team. Cambray graduated from NC State in 2018 as a Park Scholar, and during her undergraduate studies worked on a wide variety of projects related to public health. Her previous research experiences include conducting an ethnographic exploration on health and religion in Guatemala, interning with an HPV vaccination epidemiology team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and co-coordinating an HIV vaccine development pilot study at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. She has spent the last two years as a post-baccalaureate research assistant in the Biomedical Ethics Research Program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester where her work focused on the safe and ethical translation of emerging biomedical technologies. She looks forward to her next ~8 years at UNC!
Nikky Soni is a second-year undergraduate student at UNC, pursuing a BS in Neuroscience and BA in Global Studies. She is interested in global health at the intersections of policy, human rights, and clinical perspectives. Beyond health and healthcare, she is also interested in global education inequity, social justice, and policy reform within the criminal justice system.
Nikky is currently working on the COVID Prison Project in the Re-Envisioning Health & Justice Lab, assisting in data collection of COVD-19 cases reported by jails and prisons.
Mai Xe Vang
Financial Tech Assistant
Mai Xe Vang is a senior at the UNC School of Information and Library Science majoring in Information Science. She has been involved in the UNC community by serving as the President and Treasurer of a student organization on campus throughout her time at Carolina. Along with this, she has experience working in the tech/IT field through her previous position as a Computer Support Analyst at the Hussman School of Media and Journalism for two years. This past summer, she worked with a local nonprofit organization in researching and implementing strategies to organize and improve their communications and marketing tactics. Mai Xe is interested in many different fields and after graduation, hopes to find a job in one of these fields as well as continuing to explore more.
Kacia Vines, BS
Kacia Vines is a recent graduate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). There she obtained her B.S in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequality, and a minor in Diversity and Community Engagement. She was a member of the Track and Field team where she was on the A/B honor roll and Dean’s List. Kacia’s next step academically, is to obtain a dual masters degree in public health and social work where her primary focus will either be on health behavior or health equity. Last summer, Kacia was accepted into a public health internship program called Project IMHTOEP in Atlanta, Georgia. There she was sited at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4, where she conducted quantitative research on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) associated with Particulate Matter (less than 2.5) in Georgia counties. Completing a scientific manuscript, presentation, and a poster presentation, Kacia’s abstracted was accepted into the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Indiana, Indianapolis. Although Kacia’s interests are not in Environmental Health, she tackled that experience head on with the transferable experience she gained. Her true passion is working in underserved communities, implementing new programs and initiatives that diminish societal barriers.
Brittany is studying to get her BA in anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an interest in medical anthropology and health disparities. Her research interest includes community health, minority health and the impact of health disparities on low-income communities. During her time at Carolina Brittany’s interests have shifted and explored areas of biology and anthropology. She has shown interest in a masters degree in public health and acquiring her MD in the future.