HSOC SAB (Student Advisory Board)

Health and Societies SAB

The HSOC Student Advisory Board is a group of students who plan and sponsor
activities and coordinate information to support the HSOC major. Past activities have
included career panels, blood drives, lectures, field trips, course fairs and social events.
New members will be chosen midyear to overlap with graduating senior members. 

Many thanks to our outgoing seniors, and especially to *co-chairs Prisca Alilio and Seema Patel for their leadership this year!

Congratulations to our *co-chairs for 2016-2017,

Alexandra Grizos and Katherine Senter!

SAB 2016-17

Allyson Bell ‘17 (albell) [ Healthcare Markets & Finance ]
My name is Allyson and I am concentrating in health care markets and finance with a minor in sociology. I chose health care markets and finance because I am primarily interested in health care management and administration, as opposed to going through the traditional pre med route. I have experience working in health insurance, specifically with Affordable Care Act and Medicare compliance, in addition to volunteering at clinics and hospitals. As a side note, I am also interested in health care education, and I am hoping that I can make a path where that is incorporated into my work. Let me know if you have any questions about HSOC, my concentration, or Penn in general!

Lois Chapla '17 (lchapla) (Health Policy and Law)
My name is Lois and I am a part-time Penn student, full-time Senior Corporate Paralegal at an insurance company in Philadelphia, full-time wife and mother of three daughters. After many years working in the legal insurance community, I decided to go back to school and finish my degree as a Health and Societies Major with a concentration in Health Policy and Law here at Penn. With a combination of my experience in the insurance industry and my continued education, I hope to bridge the gap between resources available to the community and those in need, with a specific focus on Veterans and the Senior Citizens in the Philadelphia area.

*Alexandra Grizos ‘17 (agrizos) [ Healthcare Markets & Finance ]
My name is Alex and I am a Health Care Markets and Finance concentration from Villanova,PA. I realized my interest in healthcare markets and switched from pre-health track after becoming hooked on the multifaceted approaches to health care challenges. I recently spent my summer helping with policy research and look forward to applying this knowledge to a more management-oriented approach to healthcare. Though I am not entirely sure which career I want to pursue, I hope to work in the private sector. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me regarding transitioning from a pre-health track, policy research, or anything HSOC-related!

Talia Moss ‘17 (taliaemily) [ History of Medicine ]
My name is Talia Moss and I am a junior in the College studying the History of Medicine. I chose this concentration, and the HSOC major, because it allows me to combine my interests in history and health. I find that the history of medicine provides insight into the day-to-day lives of people and offers a unique perspective to cultural history. I hope to help spread the word about the new History of Medicine concentration and to help provide HSOC students with opportunities to get involved with the major outside of the classroom. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the major or my concentration!

*Katherine Senter ‘17 (ksenter) [ Health Policy and Law ]
My name is Katherine Senter, and I am a junior concentrating in Health Policy and Law, with minors in psychology and Hispanic studies. Since I grew up on a farm in Tennessee but also love Philly, I am interested in rural and urban health disparities, particularly relating to mental health. I hope to pursue graduate school in social work or public health--probably social work because I want to promote health on the individual level but also have opportunities to impact policy. I chose the policy concentration for its interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. My research experiences include community diabetes prevention, health data analytics, sleep and chronobiology, and adolescent mental health. I hope that as an HSOCcommunity we can celebrate and collaborate in our diverse backgrounds, interests, and visions.

SAB 2015-16 - Thank you to our graduating seniors!

*Prisca Alilio '16
(palilio) (Health Policy and Law)

My name is Prisca Alilio, I am a senior in the College interested in international health
systems. My family is from Arusha, Tanzania and although I've spent most of my life in the US, I would like to dedicate my time to understanding and improving health care systems across the world. I concentrated in health policy because it intersects the quirks of culture with the science of health and creativity of policy writing. I hope to pursue an MD/MPH to learn policy and medical practice together. I believe the HSOC advisory board provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with the HSOC community, bringing together common and creative interests.

Kahaari Kenyatta ‘16 (kahaari) [ Public Health ]
Hi, my name is Kahaari. I’m a senior with a concentration in Public Health. Stemming from a lifelong fascination with medicine and the human body, Public Health became an easy choice as the two disciplines are integral parts of the same whole: promoting and maintaining healthy bodies and populations. Broadly, my interests lie in supporting the health of minority and vulnerable populations and reducing health disparities. I also am interested in community-based, anthropological approaches to research and intervention, and have a growing interest in social and built environments’ strong influences on health outcomes. Chat with me about anything, but definitely come talk to me about studying abroad!

Ifenweoge Ofuani '16 (iofuani) (Health Policy and Law)

My name is Martha and I am concentrating in Health Policy & Law. While I am interested in possibly pursuing a career in the medical field, I am especially interested in learning more about healthcare policies and how they produce the health disparities that exist between different age groups, ethnicities, and genders. Because healthcare is such a multifaceted issue, I have worked with nonprofit organizations that have focused in nutrition & sustainable agriculture, education, and STEM field exploration. Though I am not completely certain what health-related career I want to pursue, I know that I want to be a part of something that addresses and combats the health issues that traditionally marginalized and politically underrepresented communities face. If you are in a similar situation or share similar interests, don't hesitate to reach out to me for advice!

*Seema Patel '16 (pseema) (Public Health) 
My name is Seema Patel and my concentration is Public Health, in addition to the premed track. While I always envisioned myself being a doctor, my passions did not follow the same premed rigors as biology or chemistry; I wanted to seek diversity in the health field. The HSOC major reflects my interdisciplinary commitment to science, and public health has allowed me to understand how things have come to be the way they are today, and become capable of intervening to affect needed change. I hope to share my experiences of the diversity of the major with the undergraduate community, and later in medical school, residency, and as a practicing physician.

Eliana Yankelev ‘16 ( elianaya ) [ Gender and Health ]
My name is Eliana and I am a senior concentrating in Gender and Health. I chose this
concentration because I am interested in the current state and the origins of health
disparities, specifically on the basis of socioeconomic status, gender identity, gender
expression, and sexuality. I have taken several courses in healthcare management and policy as well, hoping to understand why some of our medical subsidy programs have worked, and why some have not. My research includes the relationship between the rates of of intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV+ status in communities, as well as reporting behaviors on college campuses for victims of sexual assault. I'm excited to be a part of the HSOC SAB this year and look forward to answering any questions!

(All email addresses are @sas.upenn.edu)