The Center for Community Health Equity engages many students in health equity activities.

Samuel Auger, Rush University Medical CenterSamuel Auger

Rush University Medical Center

I am a fourth year medical student at Rush Medical College with a passion for patient education and addressing health disparities. My current research centers on cancer of the head and neck, with a focus on the effects of race, gender, and socioeconomic status on outcomes.

Gabriella Dupont

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am a third-year medical student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Masters of Engineering in Bioengineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I am interested in medical education structure and health equity and where we can unite the two to train our healthcare providers so they can help alleviate healthcare inequities.

Laura Hurley

Rush University Medical Center

I am the Student President and Health Equity Extern for the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP). I have completed my third year of medical school at Rush Medical College and am currently pursuing my Master of Public Health at Northwestern University. I am passionate about behavioral and maternal/infant health and aim to work at the intersection of public health and primary care to reduce inequities in care access and outcomes.

Sarah El Mouatassim Bih

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am a third-year medical student at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Masters of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Northwestern University and several years’ experience as a data analyst on a Population Health team. I am passionate about health equity and education, with a particular interest in the roles social determinants of health play in health disparities. Understanding the mechanisms underlying boundaries to care will help me to play my part in dismantling them and improving patient access and outcomes.

Terrence Murphy, MPH, Rush University Medical CenterTerrence Murphy, MPH

Rush University Medical Center

I am a second year medical student at Rush Medical College. I completed my Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Saint Louis University in 2014. My primary areas of interest include preventative medicine and the utilization of healthcare information technology to improve community health assessment, clinical care, and address health disparities.

Shivali Patel

Rush University Medical Center

I am a fourth-year medical student at Rush Medical College. My primary areas of interest are global health, behavioral health, and health equity. My research and community service focuses on understanding the health disparities of Chicago’s diverse communities. I am passionate about this work because it aims to increase city-wide collaboration to help overcome these disparities and improve health outcomes.

Sara Zhukovsky, Rush University Medical CenterSara Zhukovsky

Rush University Medical Center

I am a medical student at Rush Medical College which has allowed me to work with populations within Chicago that face the greatest challenges to health care access. This has led me to become very passionate about identifying solutions to health care disparities within our community. I am particularly interested in studying interventions that reduce inequalities in maternal and fetal outcomes.