The first graduates of New Jersey Medical School’s global health distinction program talk about what they’re thinking and feeling as they careen into the medical profession during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Much of Mansi Shah’s undergraduate experience at Rutgers has involved caring for marginalized populations, whether close to home or in another country. She’s come to understand it’s all global health, an outlook that will continue to inform her path long after graduation.
A campaign led by graduate student Jack Hemphill is underway to collect, produce, and donate items that are in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rutgers Global Health Institute Student Council is responding to urgent local needs, such as PPE for health workers as well as food and personal hygiene products for community members.
Biologist Shin-Yi Lin, one of the inaugural fellows, is working with state officials to implement Medicaid coverage for doula services in New Jersey. Research shows that perinatal doula support may improve birth outcomes—but it is often accessible only to those who can afford to pay privately.
Undergraduates enrolled in the Spanish for Health Professions program at Rutgers University–Camden are learning the specific language skills they’ll need to work as certified medical translators in their communities.