Meet the 2016 Fellows

 

CarlosCerda

Carlos Cerda, MPH, Health Policy & Management

I am in the School of Public Health because I want to improve the way in which we deliver healthcare. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because I want to develop the necessary skills to become a leader capable of improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery.  

 

VictoriaGawlik

Victoria Gawlik, MPH, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

I am at the School of Public Health because I believe in a world where health care is a right not a privilege and public health is the way I see myself helping my beliefs become reality. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because it is the perfect way for me to gain the leadership experience I need to be a key player in whatever organization I become a part of to change the world for the better. 

  

 

SamuelGunther

Samuel Gunther, MPH, Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology

I applied to the School of Public Health because I wanted to learn how to apply principles of infectious disease research to improve the health outcomes of large groups of people. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because I thought it would be a good opportunity to start working with the next generation of Public Health leadership.

  

 

JessicaKlein

Jessica Ng Luna Klein, MPH, Public Health Nutrition

I came to the School of Public Health because I am interested in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to help reduce health disparities in underserved communities. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because it will allow me to work with a diverse peer group while providing me with an opportunity for leadership development through both personal and professional growth.

 

 

BrianaLevin

Briana Levin, MPH, Health & Social Behavior

Drawn to the School of Public Health's emphasis on social justice, I came to UC Berkeley to learn about theory and its practical applications to address health disparities, particularly those affecting underrepresented communities. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because I am excited to further develop my leadership skills through projects with other Fellows and community partners.

 

 

  

BillyLuong

William (Billy) Luong, MPH, Maternal & Child Health

I chose Berkeley's School of Public Health because I wanted to be able to work with diverse, intelligent professionals on tackling health and social issues with passion and practicality. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because I feel it will boost my ability to facilitate and make critical decisions while working with like-minded individuals to achieve a common goal for the greater good.

  

 

 

JeremyRamirez

Jeremy Ramirez, MPH, Health Policy & Management

After eight years of military service, I made the decision to leave the military and pursue higher education at the Berkeley School of Public Health where I could learn how to improve quality, access, and cost of healthcare service delivery for a number of disparate populations, including: veterans, at-risk minority youth, and migrant children. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because of the close mentorship it provides as well as the opportunity to grow with a diverse team of other public health graduate students.

   

 

DavidResnick

David Resnick, MPH, Health & Social Behavior

I am at the School of Public Health to learn how to turn research into practice that improves the health of children in low-income communities. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because I know that to achieve the above takes more than accumulating academic knowledge - it takes leadership skills. 

 

 

BrianRodriguez

Brian Rodriguez, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences 

I chose Berkeley's School of Public Health because its vision aligns with my commitment to promoting long-lasting change at a population and community level. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because of its mission to develop public health leaders who are skilled in navigating the intersecting waters of community-based organizations and academic research.

  

   

CassandraVega

Cassandra Vega, MPH, Health & Social Behavior

I came to the School of Public Health because I wanted to think deeper about the effects of race, culture, class and gender on health and how these factors relate to health disparities among minority populations. I decided to participate in the Fellows Program because of all of the opportunities I will have to collaborate with peers from other disciplines and to learn from the diverse perspectives of my fellow cohort members.