Student Leadership

The GmI (Global Mobile Health Initiative) Student Group is comprised of ambitious and dedicated JHU Students from across the JHU institution who are in pursuit of leading and discovering innovative solutions within the burgeoning mHealth ecosystem.

Students who have been involved with GmI, after graduating, have gone on to leadership positions across the globe. GmI Students leave with greater knowledge, enhanced skills and leadership qualities that will allow them to pioneer new innovations and inspire others to join them in improving health around the world.

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2013-2014
 

Co-President:

Valery Herrington – Carey School of Business – EMBA Student vherrin2@jhu.edu

Co-President:

Teresa Pfaff, BSN, RN – Nursing/Public Health – MSN/MPH Candidate  tpfaff1@jhu.edu

Events Officer:

Lisa Broadhead – School of Public Health – MPH Candidate lbroadh1@jhmi.edu

GmI Student News Team:

Editor Lauren Spigel - School of Public Health - MPH Candidate lauren.spigel@gmail.com

Alex Vannoni - School of Public Health & Carey Business School - MPH/MBA Candidate avannoni@jhsph.edu

Helayne Sweet hsweet@healtheshare.com

 

 
 
2012-2013
 
Beth Linas, President
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: PhD, Infectious Diseases
Research Interests: utilizing mHealth methods and new technologies for intervention and prevention of HIV; working in EXACT study to see if hand-held devices and real-time data collection can help injection drug users get on HAART and stay adherent to reduce their viral load
 
Zayan Mahmooth, Secretary
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MSPH, International Health
Research Interests: Behavior change, using mHealth to reach underserved populations, and mHealth in emergency response
 
Teresa Pfaff, Vice President of Public Affairs
School: School of Nursing
Program: MSN
Research Interests: Public Health in resource-poor settings, removing barriers to specialty care/surgery in low and middle income countries, innovative use of ICT to address disease prevention and management, maternal/child care, care coordination
 
Amanda Lee Johnson, Vice President of Social Media and Content Manager
School: Bloomberg School pf Public Health
Program: MHS in Epidemiology and Certificate in Risk Management and Public Policy
Research Interests: Disaster preparedness and women's and children's health  
 
Emily Baughman, Social Media Manager
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication, Certificate in Public Health Informatics
Research Interests: Using mobile technologies to inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
 
Shuang Ren, Social Media Manager
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MSPH in Health Education and Health Communication, Certificate in Public Health Informatics
Research Interests: Using mHealth methods to conduct behavior change
 
Raksha Adhikaria, Social Media Publicity Manager
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MSPH, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
Research Interests: Maternal and child health, nutrition, vaccine programs
 
Michael Tran, Co-Vice President of Events
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health and Carey Business School
Program: MPH/MBA
Research Interests: Strengthening health systems through mHealth
 
Jaime Lee, Co-Vice President of Events
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MPH, Health Systems and Policy Concentration
Research Interests: Evaluation and outcomes research of mHealth, and how information and communication technologies can be used to improve health systems.
 
Karthik Rao, Student Ambassador, School of Medicine
School: Medicine
Program: B.A. in M.D. Program
Research Interests: Lifestyle interventions/applications, health and fitness, telemedicine
 
Otobo Ujah, Student Ambassador, School of Public Health
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MPH, Women's and Reproductive Health Concentration
Research Interests: Using mHealth to evaluate maternal and newborn health programs, improve emergency obstetric care in rural settings, and transforming health systems in low resource settings using mobile technologies
 
 
2011-2012
 
Lavanya Vasudevan, President
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MPH, concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Research Interests: use of mobile technology in epidemiologic surveillance, prevention and management of chronic diseases
 
Ralph Passarella, Student Ambassador, School of Medicine; Innovations and Awards Officer
School: Medicine
Program: MD/PhD
Research Interests: behavioral modification for chronic disease prevention and management, feedback loops, smartphone app- and SMS-based interventions
 
Hannah Yang, Secretary
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: International Health
Program: MSPH, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
Research Interests: urban health, health disparities, water/sanitation, infectious diseases, geo-mapping, applications of mHealth in aforementioned fields
 
Jayne Jeffries, Vice President, Social Media
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: Health, Behavior and Society
Program: MHS, Social Factors in Health
Research Interests: health communications, social factors in health, community mobilization, nutrition
 
Nadi Nina Kaonga, Social Media Officer, Twitter; Student Ambassador, Bloomberg School of Public Health
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: International Health
Program: MSPH, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
Research Interests: mobile health (mHealth), electronic health (eHealth), evaluation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for health and development, mobile learning (mLearning), global health, gender and use of ICTs
 
Chris Kelley, Social Media Officer, GIS Coordinator; Innovations and Awards Officer
School: Whiting School of Engineering
Department: Geography and Environmental Engineering
Program: PhD
Research Interests: drinking water and wastewater treatment, GIS
 
Carson A. Benowitz-Fredericks, Social Media Officer, Content Manager
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: Health, Behavior and Society
Program: MSPH, Health Communications and Health Education
Research Interests: adolescent health, preventive medicine, evolutionary medicine, health communications and technology
 
Shreya Pereira, Vice President, Events
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: International Health
Program: MSPH, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
Research Interests: road traffic injuries in LMICs, mHealth, urban and semi-urban health
 
Ankita Nigam, Vice President, Events
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: International Health
Program: MSPH, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
Research Interests: using mHealth technologies to address preventive health and maternal child health; mFinance in the context of using healthcare financing mechanism to improve health outcomes in poor and low-income areas
 
Beth Linas, Innovations and Awards Officer
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: Epidemiology
Program: PhD, Infectious Diseases
Research Interests: utilizing mHealth methods and new technologies for intervention and prevention of HIV; working in EXACT study to see if hand-held devices and real-time data collection can help injection drug users get on HAART and stay adherent to reduce their viral load
 
Christine Seewagen, Innovations and Awards Officer
 School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy and Management
Program: MHS, Health Economics; Public Health Informatics certificate program
Research Interests: patient safety, quality measurement, HIT, mHealth
 
Tina Penrose, Alumni Relations
School: Nursing
Program: MSN/MPH
 
Michael Lin, Vice President, Innovations and Awards
School: Medicine
Program: MD
Research Interests: behavior modification, text message interventions for chronic disease prevention and management, social network for behavior change
 
Laura Covarrubias, Social Media Officer, Facebook/Event Publicity
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
 
Samantha Schneider, Student Ambassador, School of Nursing
School: Nursing
Program: BSN
Research Interests: applications for mHealth in maternal and newborn health
 
Sooji Lee, Public Affairs Officer
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
 
Ling (Pamela) Zhang, Innovations and Awards Officer; Ambassador—Carey Business School 
School: Carey Business School
Program: Global MBA
Research Interests: maternal and child health; mHealth system infrastructure; health data analysis and successful clinical decision support
 
Theresa Pfaff, Vice President—Public Affairs
School: Nursing
Program: BSN/MSN
Research Interests: use of mobile devices in resource-poor areas; care coordination; maternal/child health; innovative use of ICT to address disease prevention and management; evaluation of mHealth applications and outcomes
 
Swathi Manchikanti, Events Officer
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MSPH, Global Disease Epidemiology and Control
Research Interests: 
 
Henry Li, Innovations and Awards Officer
School: Medicine
Program: MD, MS (Division of Health Sciences Informatics)
Research Interests: mHealth, web applications, data visualization, public/global health, cost-effectiveness modeling
 
Sara Calkic, Events Officer
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program: MPH
Research Interests: mHealth, human rights, data visualization
 
Meghan Bohren, Events Officer
School: Bloomberg School of Public Health
Department: Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Program: MSPH, Reproductive, Perinatal and Women's Health
Research Interests:reproductive health in conflict-affect countries; using mHealth to improve maternal and child health