People of ENCompass: Nathan Kudlapur

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What’s your major and year?

Biochemistry; current 2nd year

How long have you been a member of ENCompass?

I’ve been a member of ENCompass since Fall semester 2017

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about?

I’m passionate about access to healthcare & education

In what way has ENCompass impacted you?

ENCompass has enlightened me about the health disparities within my community and inspired me to take action to address them

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?

H2O Church. I’m also a volunteer at the James Cancer Hospital

What are your future plans?

I plan to go to medical school

What’s your favorite quote?

“Every second is an opportunity—an opportunity to learn, an opportunity to serve, an opportunity to love, and an opportunity to grow.”

Interesting fact about you?

I love exploring national parks!

People of ENCompass: Browning Haynes

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What’s your major and year?

I am a 3rd year Biomedical Science major.

How long have you been a member of ENCompass?

I have been a member of ENCompass since October 2017.

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about?

I am specifically passionate about health disparities and health inequity.

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?

I am involved in several other extracurricular activities outside ENCompass. I am an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Leah Pyter in her Behavioral Neuroscience and Cancer Immunology lab. I am also a member of Gamma Phi Beta and Pay It Forward

What are your future plans?

After graduation, I plan to attend medical school!

What’s your favorite quote?

My favorite quote at the moment is actually from a song I've been listening to called "Still" by Seinabo Sey. This song perfectly describes my motivation to continuing growing as an individual despite any bumps I may hit in the road. My favorite lines are directly at the beginning of the song: I've been thinking 'bout tomorrow, instead of drowning in the past. Oh, we had good times even back when dreams were all we had to last. So, as I wake up this bright morning nothing's gonna bring me down. As I move into my senior year of college, I am starting to think about my future beyond undergrad. Every time I listen to this song, it reassures me that I have the experience and passion to be successful in the future not only in my career but in my personal life as well. 

Interesting fact about you?

An interesting fact about me is that I love to stay active! I like to do yoga in my free time, but I also enjoy trying out new and interesting ways to stay fit. When I was younger, I attended a sleep away arts camp at which they had open auditions for their circus! I decided to try out for fun and ended up getting chosen to perform the aerial silks as a part of the circus show! It was a really fun and challenging experience that took me outside my comfort zone! 

People of ENCompass: Sierra MacEachron

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What's your major and year?  

I am a 2nd year studying Public Health with a specialization in Public Health Sociology.

How long have you been a member of ENCompass?  

This is my second year in ENCompass.

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about? 

I am really passionate about many public health issues like health disparities and food insecurity, but my work at Equitas Health has led me to focus more on sexual/reproductive health, as well as HIV awareness.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you? 

ENCompass has given me the opportunity to have invaluable first-hand experience with people in the Columbus community who I otherwise would never get the chance to interact with or hear their stories. I learn so much from our clients about the issues that Columbus really faces.

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?  

In addition to being VP of Outreach for ENCompass, I work as a sexual health program assistant for the Ohio HIV/STI Hotline at Equitas Health. I am also currently in Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, do research with the College of Public Health, and am part of the STEP program on campus.

What are your future plans? 

After graduation, I hope to volunteer with the Peace Corps. Then, I would like to pursue a graduate degree in Epidemiology and make a difference in the world of public health.

What's your favorite quote?  

“I raise up my voice - not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard… we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” -Malala Yousafazi

Interesting fact about you?  

I met Chance the Rapper once!

People of ENCompass: Chantal Ross

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What’s your major and year?

I’m a senior majoring in Public Health with a sociology specialization.

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about?

I’m interested in racial health disparities, sexual/reproductive health and women’s health. Once you get me talking about one of these topics, it’s hard for me to stop.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you?

ENCompass has provided me with insight on the public health issues that individuals in the Columbus community face. It was one of my first exposures to how the social determinants of health – where individual lives, how much money they make etc. - can affect one’s health outside of the classroom. My experience with ENCompass has been very valuable and I’m glad I got to have this experience throughout my college career.

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?

I currently serve as a mentor for first-year women of color on campus through an organization called Ladies of Leadership. I’m also an HIV/STI testing counselor and a Sexual Civility and Empowerment Ambassador, facilitating programs on sexual violence prevention.

What are your future plans?

After graduation, I plan on attending nursing school to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Midwife, focusing on diverse, low-socioeconomic neighborhoods.

What’s your favorite quote?

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” – Audre Lorde

Interesting fact about you?

I blank every time someone asks me “what’s an interesting fact about you” :(

People of ENCompass: Alicia Bao

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What’s your major and year?

I’m a junior majoring in Biomedical science.

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about?

I’d like to learn more about healthcare policy reform, especially when comparing the U.S.’s healthcare system to those of other countries. I’m interested in learning how we can minimize the influence of socioeconomic status on healthcare quality and access.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you?

ENCompass was my first exposure to the public health. It was where I first the importance of understanding a person’s entire story, as their backgrounds and daily life contribute equally to their health status as does their physiology. I’ve learned to view health as an immensely complex, multi-faceted issue. It’s been an incredibly eye-opening and rewarding experience, and I can’t wait to continue learning more.

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?

I am a second-year fellow at the Pure Water Access Project, a member of the Chimes Junior Class Honorary, and I do research in Dr. Anita Hopper’s molecular genetics lab.

What are your future plans?

I’m planning on going to Hot Chicken Takeover this weekend.

What’s your favorite quote?

“Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait…wait. I worry what you just heard was: Give me a lot of bacon and eggs. What I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” -Ron Swanson

Interesting fact about you?

I can wiggle my left ear, but not my right.

 

People of ENCompass: Abby Rinderle

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What’s your major and year?

Second-year Public Health major, Public Policy minor.

How long have you been a member of ENCompass?

I have been a member of ENCompass for about a year now.

What public health issue are you most passionate about?

I would say I am most passionate about health care and health insurance, specifically the health outcomes of other countries with single payer systems or national health insurance. 

In what way has ENCompass impacted you?

When I joined ENCompass I was mostly interested in international health, but actively working in the community and seeing how many problems exist just within a five-mile radius has made me realize I am more interested in domestic health.

What other organizations are you involved in?

I am also a student manager at a campus coffee shop and I just recently became an HIV/STI counselor. 

What are your future plans?

I am considering epidemiology, but to be honest, I'm not sure what my future plans are. 

What’s your favorite quote?

"look. life is bad. everyones sad. we're all gona die. but i alredy bought this inflatable boumcy castle so r u gona take ur shoes off or wat" -@jomnysun

Interesting fact about you?

I can name all the countries and I'm working on learning the capitals.

People of ENCompass: Nina Shamansky


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What's your major and year?   

Public health, 2nd year

How long have you been a member of ENCompass?   

This is my second year 

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about? 

I want to improve outcomes for people who are victims, and victims who report sexual violence.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you? 

When I came to college, I had become pretty cynical about my ability to ever truly help anyone. I felt overwhelmed, and discouraged, and I'd lost my vicious conviction that maybe change was obtainable. ENCompass gave me that sense of optimism back. I've regained that sense that maybe someday, things will be different, and I can make things different, and I can work towards actually making meaningful change in people's lives. 

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?   

I'm a volunteer at the Physicians Free Clinic at the department of public health downtown, and I'm a research assistant in the ER at Children's Hospital. 

What are your future plans?  

I would like to become a pediatric cardiologist. 

What's your favorite quote?  

"Among a coward's weapons, cynicism is the nastiest of all.” -Tracy Kidder 

Interesting fact about you?   

I've watched the entirety of the Office upwards of ten times. 

People of ENCompass: Meet Josh Reyes

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Josh Reyes


What's your major and year?  

Senior - Major: Biochemistry Minor: Global Public Health

How long have you been a member of ENCompass?  

I joined ENCompass in the Fall of 2016, so 1 year.

What is a public health issue that you are passionate about? 

One public health issue that I am interested in and would like to learn more about is immigrant health and the disparities that exist within these communities. Specifically, I am interested in how immigration policies affect immigrants’ access to care.

In what way has ENCompass impacted you? 

ENCompass has been one of the most eye-opening and enriching experiences I have had in college. Being able to work with the Columbus community and directly address critical public health issues like food insecurity and housing instability has changed the way I view health as a whole. ENCompass has shown me the need for social care and public health in our society and I intend on continuing this type of work in my future.

Are you involved in any other organizations? If so, what are they?  

I am a 4th Year Health Science Scholar and I am a research assistant in the Musier-Forsyth Lab which studies the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) packaging and assembly.

What are your future plans? 

I hope to attend medical school in the near future. Although I am currently unsure of what type of medicine I want to practice, I know I would like to continue tackling the health disparities that affect my local community.

What's your favorite quote?  

 “It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai

 Interesting fact about you?  

I have a hyphenated first name. My legal first name is Joshua-Paolo!