SOURCE Service Scholars
2019-2020 SOURCE Service Scholars
Libby Aldridge - Master of Science in Nursing Student, SON
Libby Aldridge is a third semester School of Nursing student. She earned her Bachelor of Science in public health and Master of Public Health degrees from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine’s combined degree program. At Tulane, she was a peer health educator, an STI and HIV tester and educator, and a member of the undergraduate student government. While living in New Orleans, Libby volunteered as the Patient Education Leader at the Grace House, an inpatient substance abuse facility for women. She also conducted health policy research and advocacy and connected individuals to health insurance and primary care with 504HealthNet, a non-profit association of 60 federally qualified health centers in New Orleans. While working in these clinical settings and learning more about disparities in access to healthcare in the U.S., Libby realized her passion to become a nurse and empower others to understand and take control of their health. Since moving to Baltimore last fall, Libby has begun working as a SOURCE HIV tester and counselor in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department. She also volunteers as grant writing support for the Shepherd’s Clinic. This past spring, she also had the pleasure of co-leading health education to a third grade class at the Henderson-Hopkins elementary school.
Community Partner: Project PLASE, Inc.
Project Title and Description: "Education to Independence Development"
Project PLASE is looking to develop programming to assist clients in reaching their best potential in independence. "Education to Independence" would provide clients with weekly, research-based education on health and wellness. The workshops will focus on a different health topic each week. Many of Project PLASE's clients are sick, but have not received proper education on their varied illnesses and disabilities. The workshops can be related to the specific needs of clients, but also focus on a greater range of wellness related topics, such as nutrition, exercise and everyday illnesses (like the cold and flu). Aldridge will be responsible for developing a research-based curriculum to implement at both, or one, of Project PLASE's two transitional housing centers.
Yolanda Arthur - Master of Public Health Student, JHSPH
Yolanda Arthur is medical doctor and has been working in public sector hospitals of Accra, Ghana, for the past two years in various departments; specifically Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Pediatrics and Anesthesia. She was instrumental in organizing and volunteering medical outreaches for numerous communities within Accra. These outreaches involved free screening of various communities and underprivileged groups for diabetes, hypertension, breast cancer, otitis media and tonsillitis. Some organizations Yolanda has worked with include the Rotary Club and Osu Children’s home, both in Accra, Ghana to name a few. Yolanda drove a campaign to increase awareness of cervical and breast cancers within her community, where she delivered presentations on both these cancers, impacting about 700 people. Working with children since 2008, Yolanda has participated in a number of projects invested in child development such as with Youth Education Learning Program (YELP). Here she worked as a tutor and personal mentor with the aim to help students reach their maximum potential by providing a constant support system through both weekly mentoring sessions and Saturday School programs. She also worked with the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) where she facilitated the planning and implementation of events that addressed the needs of the local youth community. Yolanda was born in the United Kingdom, but was raised, studied and worked in both the U.K. and Ghana, West Africa. In addition to this she has had experience working in the U.S. and Spain, giving her a dynamic and international background with a passion for helping children and improving health care. She is a graduate of King’s College London University where she attained a BSc Biochemistry. She is also a graduate of the University of Ghana Medical School where she attained her second degree in medicine.
Community Partner: Bmore4Kidz
Project Title and Description: "Bmore4Kidz Community-Serving Makerspace"
Bmore4Kidz Makerspace is a community organizing project to tap into community interest, create strong alliances and tailor services to those that need them and build long-term value for users. It will draw upon data from local context and best practices for starting and sustaining a shared space as well as surveyed answers from community partners and users. Through the Start Making Curriculum being used for the Young Makers Program, participants and their families will participate in developing basic maker skills, and be encouraged and recruited to be mentors/facilitators for sustainable, dynamic community makerspace.
Alexis Bartelloni - Master of Science in Public Health Student, JHSPH
Alexis grew up in New Jersey before moving to Baltimore to complete her bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where she also competed in cross country and track. During her undergraduate tenure, she became interested in the social determinants of health through volunteering in Baltimore City schools. She also served as peer health educator for UMBC's university health services where she lead health education workshops and helped create health programs for her campus. Alexis is pursuing the MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, where she hopes to further study the social factors which influence human health. She is looking forward to working with the Baltimore Squashwise program and combining her interests of athletics and health education to affect change.
Community Partner: Baltimore SquashWise
Project Title and Description: "SquashWise Mentorship Program"
SquashWise’s Mentorship Program is meant to pair mentors one-on-one with SquashWise participant students in grades 9-12. Through the program, mentors build lasting relationships with students and help with homework; provide career exposure; motivate and encourage students to succeed, often drawing from personal experiences; support SAT prep; aid in college research, selection, and application; build organizational skills; and provide other required mentorship to help students prepare for professional and personal success. Mentors are usually college or graduate students who commit for a semester, with the option to extend the relationship over multiple semesters and years. SquashWise has completed the initial pilot stage (grade 11 students only) of this Mentorship Program. Bartelloni will further develop and take this new program to scale, building a robust process for mentor recruitment, training and retention that will result in all SquashWise high school students (~25) being matched with and supported by a one-on-one mentor.
Faraah Bekheet - First Year Medical Student, SOM
Faraah Bekheet obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degrees in chemistry and economics from the University of Miami. Faraah has been president of a service organization committed to supplementing the education of K-12 students; been trained as an HIV counselor and substance abuse counselor for both adolescents and adult women; and worked as a pharmaceutical technician. Faraah is a first year medical student and hopes to apply her experiences in education, public health and policy to community service.
Community Partner: New Song Community Learning Center
Project Title and Description: "Charting the Future"
New Song Community Learning Center's elementary-middle school is in the process of applying for charter status and is in need of guidance and support for visioning the future and expansion of educational possibilities for New Song's students and families. To this end, the NSCLC seeks assistance examining different charter models in Baltimore and across the nation. Additionally, NSCLC seeks assistance evaluating what it may need to grow and advance into a 21st-century charter that will influence health and well-being into its students, families, and communities. As the lead working with the board charting the future of the transition process, Bekheet will be responsible for conducting research on charter best practices; identifying case studies and transition plans for elementary-middle charter development; and designing opportunities for parents, board members and staff to collaborate on the vision, goals and direction of the new charter.
Emma Cannon - Master of of Science in Nursing Student, SON
Emma Cannon is a first year MSN-Entry into Nursing student. She graduated from Fairfield University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish, and joined the Peace Corps in Guatemala shortly thereafter. During Emma’s time in the Peace Corps, she worked with the Ministries of Health and Education at the local, state, and national level to implement the national Healthy Schools Strategy, intended to improve basic health and hygiene in rural primary school students. During her time in Guatemala, she developed interests in preventative health programming, community health, and public health. Her exposure to community health care providers during this experience is what piqued her interest in nursing. Following her time in the Peace Corps, Emma went on to Washington D.C. to work on a USAID-funded Zika response project in Latin America. Emma supported teams of health care providers and public health professionals as they worked with Ministries of Health to develop Zika-related national care protocols and to improve Zika care delivery pathways. Emma’s interest in the project’s combination of clinical expertise with a public health approach, in addition to her desire to contribute to health improvement in a hands-on capacity, is what ultimately led Emma to pursue a career in nursing. She is excited to work with the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative and to combine her passion for preventative health initiatives benefiting underserved communities with her nursing school career.
Community Partner: Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Project Title and Description: "Grants & Foundations Change Management Initiative"
GHHI is adjusting its strategic plan to include methods for addressing change management. Most change happens for one of two reasons: unexpected circumstances or intentional changes to promote progress. For this "Grant & Foundations Change Management Initiative," GHHI will explore and implement change management plans to address the constant state of flux in funding for nonprofits, as well as the technologies that facilitate management of funds from grants, contracts, and foundations. Cannon will coordinate a group of four to seven volunteers to develop a "best practice-based" plan for GHHI to seamlessly manage, maintain and improve funding management processes.
Nicole Fischer - First Year Medical Student, SOM and Master of Public Health Student, JHSPH
Nicole Fischer grew up in Los Angeles, California where her strong interest in outreach for indigent communities first began. In college, she helped organize and facilitate free health fairs in Los Angeles to provide immunizations, diabetes testing, anemia screening, dental care, counseling, and other services for the uninsured families and youth of the community. Years later, she went on to coordinate multiple community outreach programs under the UCLA School of Public Health that focused on improving the health and quality of life for black and Latinx community members in southern California. One project provided overweight and obese patients with the necessary tools and knowledge they needed to help live healthier lives including exercise equipment, healthy recipe cookbooks, grocery funds, and cooking classes. On another project, we used mentoring and social media approaches to reduce drug use in at-risk youth within LA County. Three years ago, she moved to Baltimore for medical school and fell in love with the city. As a medical student, she had the opportunity to provide healthcare to community members of Baltimore, but she has been eager to do more and serve this community in a more direct and tangible way. She visited the Esperanza Center and was astounded by the amount of services this one organization provides for the Latinx and immigrant community in Baltimore. She is, therefore, very excited to design and implement the Esperanza Center Community Advisory Council through the SOURCE Service Scholars program. This year, she looks forward to strengthening the services provided by the Esperanza Center, fortifying Hopkins’ relationship with Baltimore and working endlessly to serve this community.
Community Partner: The Esperanza Center
Project Title and Description: "Design and Implementation of an Esperanza Center Community Advisory Council"
The Esperanza Center has long discussed and strategized the best way to implement a Community Advisory Council, composed of program participants, community members and other stakeholders. This council would deliver advice, recommendations and feedback on services to Esperanza's leadership team, thereby enhancing services and interactions with the community. However, the Esperanza Center's staff has not had the bandwidth to make this idea a reality. Fischer will research best practices for a Community Advisory Council, drawing up guidelines, bylaws, member agreements and responsibilities; recruit and orient members; and serve as minute keeper/moderator in the first several council meetings.
Bethany Hung - First Year Medical Student, SOM
Bethany Hung graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in cognitive neuroscience. During her time there, she focused on reproductive justice advocacy—via both NARAL and Planned Parenthood. Early her sophomore year, she co-founded the Rhode Island branch of NARAL, raising awareness of blue Rhode Island’s anti-choice policies and hosting panels with local representatives. In 2019, Brown NARAL testified and campaigned at the statehouse for what passed as Rhode Island’s first successful pro-choice reproductive health bill. As president in 2018, Hung pushed for a refocusing of organization objectives towards a more intersectional view of reproductive justice that critically examined racial and socioeconomic disparities in healthcare access. Meanwhile, at Planned Parenthood, she was a welcome team member. Every weekend, she met abortion patients and shielded them from vocal protesters as they entered the clinic. Hung is also deeply invested in art and its restorative powers, specifically through design editor positions at Brown’s music magazine and progressive independent newspaper. Here, she is eager to unite these various energies with Baltimore’s through reproductive education and emotional healing programs at New Song and work towards a healthy relationship between Hopkins and the surrounding community.
Community Partner: New Song Community Learning Center
Project Title and Description: "Reproductive Health Outreach"
New Song has observed that adolescent reproductive health (e.g. menstruation) is a taboo topic amongst young girls in school at New Song, and that many students are reluctant to discuss puberty and its accompanying changes. Also, New Song realizes that some parents may not appreciate how critical adolescent development is, and how home behaviors one night may impact students’ well-beings at school the next morning. Of course, New Song hopes to foster as healthy of a learning environment as possible—including beyond-the-classroom learning that addresses each student’s life context. In pursuit of this mission, Hung will develop and coordinate a program to disseminate information about adolescent and reproductive health to both NSC students and their parents. As part of the development process, she will research how to best structure the information in a broadly accessible manner, in conjunction with methods for increasing community engagement and mobilization.
Anna Najor - Master of Public Health Student, JHSPH
Growing up in the Chaldean ethnic enclave in San Diego, California provided Anna Najor with a robust real-world curriculum on the power of community resilience to enable health and wellbeing. Ms. Najor’s experience as a caregiver combined with her love of science led her to medical school at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester, MN. Her work to support health equity continued there, when she observed that her school did not have training on caring for LGBTQ people. She pursued a master’s degree online through Arizona State University in Healthcare Delivery Sciences and then designed, implemented, and developed training on caring for LGBTQ people at her medical school. She completed her third year of medical school and is now pursuing a master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins. Her focus in public health includes learning techniques to study marginalized populations since data representation is crucial for allocation of resources and advocacy purposes. Ms. Najor has observed this in her work advocating for her LGBTQ community and her work advocating for her Chaldean community as it is destabilized by genocide in Iraq and deportation in the United States. Additionally, she will focus her public health studies on using that information to build programs and policies to support community resilience.
Community Partner: GEDCO
Project Title and Description: "Outreach to Member Organizations and the Surrounding Community"
The project involves developing a plan to get GEDCO's 56 member organizations more involved, especially those organizations that have not been involved as well as expand the number of organizations by targeting other organizations in the nearby community. The plan may incorporate social media, working with members of GEDCO's Board on the Membership and Marketing committees. The project would also include execution of some of the plan such as calling members, developing a survey, sending out mailers to get information and to engage members and the organizations in the surrounding community. The goal of the project would be to get more Members involved with volunteering and supporting GEDCO programs. Also, GEDCO would like to identify ways to better communicate with member organizations as well as non-member organizations in the community. Najor will be working with GEDCO's Marketing and Member Organization Committee in leading the development of this outreach plan and managing volunteers to implement the plan.
Carla Rodriguez - First Year Medical Student, SOM
Carla Rodriguez is a first year medical student at Johns Hopkins. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2017 with a bachelor's in microbiology and immunology. Carla worked in research in cancer and diabetes before entering Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Born and raised in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents and surrounded by a diverse group of individuals, she realized the difference in care many received. Carla discovered her passion for service while vacationing in Central America. Seeing the community help each other in times of need she also wanted to be involved and now takes an extra suitcase filled with essential items to these countries every time she goes. Continuing her involvement in her own community, she joined the Communities of Health initiative at West Kendall Hospital and was able to assist in stocking a room filled with necessary items for homeless students in a local high school. Determined to help others in her path to be a physician, Carla is very interested in bridging the gap in health disparities among minority groups so that all can receive the best standard of care.
Community Partner: Baltimore Urban Leadership Foundation/The Door
Project Title and Description: "Hispanic Community Outreach"
The Door seeks to build and strengthen existing ties with the Hispanic communities in its vicinity. This outreach would include increasing awareness of the Door, making people feel welcome once in the program and improving family communications, although having someone fluent in Spanish is key. In order to address the comparatively low numbers of Hispanic students participating in the Door's After School Program or Summer Camp, Rodriguez will provide recommendations to the Door about how to expand Hispanic youth participation; conduct local focus groups and outreach to local schools and neighborhoods; research similar programs; and identify potential resources to assist in the plan's implementation.
Annika Skansberg - Master of Public Health Student, JHSPH
Annika Skansberg is a JD/MPH student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Northeastern University School of Law. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN, but currently lives in Boston, MA. She is interested primarily in maternal/child health, access to healthcare, and global health policy.
Community Partner: The Family Tree
Project Title and Description: "24/7 Parenting Call Line"
The Family Tree has recently completed a strategic plan committing the organization to modernizing its responses, and is now seeking to update its Parent Call Line for alignment with this goal. For years, staff, volunteers and interns have operated the line, but now the Family Tree seeks assistance to research best practices that will help improve the training and onboarding of new volunteers to helplines/call lines. Skansberg will be responsible for examining case studies, best practices, and contextual considerations to improve training resources; evaluating the current call line system; and identifying methods for call line modernization based on advancement in technology with the use of smartphones and phone-based applications.
Ashely Vroegindewey - Master of Science in Nursing Student, SON
Originally from Colorado, Ashley graduated in 2014 from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a minor in philosophy. Following her undergraduate years, Ashley worked as a certified nurse aide (CNA) at a nursing home that specialized in dementia care and research. Ashley then continued on her health care experiences but at the grassroots level through her Peace Corps service. For her first two years as a health educator in Senegal, Ashley coordinated with local partners and stakeholders in promoting sustainable health initiatives within the community. It is there where her involvement and passion in working with women and children, especially female adolescents, really grew and deepened. Partnered with the local midwife and other Peace Corps Volunteers, Ashley taught good health practices for mothers of households and mentored secondary school girls in life skills and career plans. For an extended third year in Peace Corps Senegal, Ashley interned with Catholic Relief Services in supporting numerous projects, such as sanitation and latrine accessibility, while gaining more experiences and skills in partnership-building and in behavior change communication. Following Senegal, Ashley spent 8-months in France to work as a language teaching assistant for students at the middle and high school level in supporting their English curriculum and cultural exchange while improving her French as well. Through Operation P.U.L.S.E.’s Human Trafficking and Train the Trainer Opioid Awareness program Ashley is boldly encouraged to pursue her love for nursing in face of gender and social disparities by working for an at-risk female population in Eastern Baltimore.
Community Partner: Operation PULSE
Project Title and Description: "Human Trafficking and Train the Trainer Opioid Awareness"
This project has two focuses. The first is in partnership with The Samaritan Women. Along with a team, Vroegindewey will build an ongoing training program for the community to equip residents with the knowledge of human trafficking and how to identify a victim as well as provide training on how to contact authorities to administer help. The second part of the project will focus on building a training program for community residents to equip them with the knowledge of addiction causes and how to handle someone experiencing overdose of opioids.
Sara Wallam - First Year Medical Student, SOM
Sara Wallam is a recent graduate from the University of South Carolina and first-year medical student at Johns Hopkins. She is from Columbia, South Carolina and has lived there for most of her life, so she is very excited to live in Baltimore city and explore all that it has to offer. Over the past few years, she has become increasingly passionate about working with and advocating for those whose voices are often not heard. She has advocated for uninsured individuals, survivors of sexual assault, and refugees and asylum seekers, and she has worked for a local non-profit justice and advocacy organization back home on refugee issues. She hopes to be able to continue her advocacy work here in Baltimore and to incorporate it into her practice in the future.
Community Partner: Soccer Without Borders
Project Title and Description: "Newcomer Access Workshops Coordinator"
Soccer Without Borders has identified where more comprehensive supports are needed for newcomer youth researching and applying for colleges. Currently, SWB offers high school seniors the oportunity to participate in existing College Access Workshops, where students are matched with volunteers as they go through the application process. Wallam will expand on this programming in her role as Newcomer Access Workshops Coordinator, developing a curriculum around college access that can be utilized at different workshops to make the sessions more impactful to students and find ways to include parents in this process. By the end of 2019-2020, this curriculum will be centralized into a College Access Manual that can be used for future workshops in the subsequent academic year.
Bettina Wunderlich - PhD Candidate, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, JHSPH
Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Bettina completed her BS at Johns Hopkins University in molecular & cellular biology. During college, she was a TA for Introduction to Business and was an active member of Art Brigade, a volunteer organization that developed art projects for children in Baltimore public schools. She then moved to Chicago for an MS in Biotechnology at Northwestern University, where she focused on global health and interned at UCT in South Africa to conduct research on the cost-effectiveness of point-of-care diagnostics for Tuberculosis. She then worked as a Life Sciences Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte for over a year. She is now starting a PhD in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control and is most interested in neglected tropical diseases and vaccines. For the past two and a half years, Bettina has been a volunteer for College Guild, a program that provides prisoners with the opportunity to pursue ongoing learning while incarcerated, and she is excited to work with a program that also helps incarcerated citizens by providing employment after they have left prison. Bettina is looking forward to working with Strength to Love 2 and is eager to apply her consulting and volunteer experiences to help enhance their program.
Community Partner: Strength to Love 2 (a program of Intersection of Change)
Project Title and Description: "S2L2 Program Evaluation"
Strength to Love II (S2L2) is a program in the process of collecting data in order to guide and enhance program operation. This applies to crop production and sale at S2L2's farm as well as in the preogram's work with ex-offenders employed at S2L2 and through a new workforce development initiative. Wunderlich will review data (from farm harvest and shipping logs, invoices and sales) with the goal of evaluating and enhancing program operation and outcomes, then implement recommendations into the program and modify tracking documents to ensure strong operational follow-up.
Miranda Zeng - Master of Science in Nursing Student, SON
Miranda Zeng graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and minor in sociology. In undergrad, she served as a student coordinator and President for UMBC's Best Buddies chapter. As a student coordinator, she helped manage service-learner recruitment, organize orientations and hold reflection sessions for service learners. As president, she helped advance an active chapter which promoted inclusion and diversity with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After serving as an undergraduate and learning about many different forces which affect communities, she wanted to be active with SOURCE to become more involved in Baltimore's community. She has a passion for working with local organizations to promote their successes and is excited to be working with Clay Pots with a community-based approach.
Community Partner: Clay Pots...A Place to Grow
Project Title and Description: "Continuing Steps to Success: Bridging GED Services"
Clay Pots offers GED classes, adult education and private tutoring, all of which are offered in an intimate environment to ensure students receive the support and individual services they need. Recently, students at Clay Pots have expressed frustration with gaining meaningful employment both after graduation and while enrolled in the program. Thinking about how to best meet the professional needs of their students, Clay Pots has explored building a workforce development program that would fit well in the continuum of services and eliminate some of the barriers their students are facing as they develop future plans. Zeng will be responsible for connecting with local workforce initiatives to assess potential resources for Clay Pots' students; designing career days for students to work on professional skills; and identifying unique needs of the GED students to connect them with community services, among other duties.