Behavioral, Social, Health, and Education Sciences (BSHES) Ambassadors

If you’re interested in learning more about all BSHES programs, check out Rollins’s webpage: Behavioral, Social, Health, and Education Sciences

Lindsey Burton-Anderson, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Mental Health
– Wellness, Resilience, and Trauma
– BIPOC communities
Extra Curricular Activities:
– Founder, The ONE Together Project

Hi, my name is Lindsey Burton-Anderson (she/her) and I am excited to be one of your Rollins Student Ambassadors this year! I am a second-year BSHES student. I am originally from Illinois, but I moved to Georgia to attend Emory University where I earned my B.A. in Sociology with an African Studies minor and graduated in 2021. At the beginning of the pandemic, I founded an initiative, The ONE Together Project, that provides care packages to students and their families who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. My interests in public health pertain to mental health in communities of color with an emphasis on wellness, resilience, and trauma. Currently, I am a Program Assistant for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at Rollins as well as a Graduate Assistant for the Southeast MHTTC. Outside of school, I enjoy meditating, listening to music, and journaling. I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!

Hi! My name is Allison Tep (she/her/hers) and I am originally from Portland, OR. I graduated from Oregon State University in 2019 with an honors B.S. in Public Health and a minor in Biology. After graduation, I served as an AmeriCorps member and College Coach with a college access and success program for two years.

I am currently a second-year student at Rollins pursuing my studies in Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences and a certificate in Social Determinants of Health. My public health interests are program development and evaluation, health disparities, and structural inequities. I aim to continue learning about how existing systems impact health and create inequities and how public health programs can support with reducing those disparities. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends and exploring different restaurants and parks in Atlanta. I am looking forward to meeting you all and sharing my experiences!

Allison Tep, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Health Equity
– Social Determinants of Health
– Program Evaluation
– Minority Health
Certificate Program: Social Determinants of Health
Extra Curricular Activities
– Rollins Queer/Trans Collaborative

Inaara Rajwani, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Mental Health
– Healthcare
– Medicine
Certificate Program: Mental Health
Extra Curricular Activities
– Emory Prevention Research Center
– Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Inaara Rajwani and I am in the Behavioral Social Education Sciences (BSHES) department. I am originally from Tampa, Florida and recently graduated from the University of South Florida where I majored in biomedical sciences and dual minored in chemistry and psychology. During my undergraduate program I was heavily involved in student wellness by being a healthcare advisor, an ambassador, and peer coach for students. Currently, I hold a graduate assistant position at Emory University School of Medicine that has peeked my interest in improving health education and access for people of color. I have always been passionate about the medical field and saw myself specializing in maternal health. I hope to use my master’s degree in providing medical advice and education towards gender-inclusive woman’s and reproductive health in marginalized communities. Outside of public health, I enjoy traveling, spending quality time with friends and family, going on hikes, and exploring restaurants in the greater Atlanta area.  

Hi! My name is Katie Reilly, and I am a second-year student in the Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences (BSHES) Department pursuing certificates in public mental health and social determinants of health (SDOH). I was born and raised in Lexington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Fairfield University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and minors in health studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Prior to coming to Emory, I served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and the National Health Corps serving vulnerable populations as a community health assistant and patient navigator at a non-profit and a federally qualified healthcare center. My health interests include chronic disease prevention and management, health equity, and access to mental health services. I am currently a research assistant at Emory’s Prevention Research Center as a health coach for a Smoke-Free Homes study. During the summer between my first and second year I am interning with Community Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN) focussing on increasing mental healthcare access to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Atlanta community. Outside of school, I enjoy watching sports, traveling when I am able to, and hanging out with friends and family!

Katie Reilly, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Mental Health Prevention
– Chronic Disease Prevention
– Healthcare for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Certificate Program: Social Determinants of Health; Mental Health
Extra Curricular Activities
– GA Public Health Association
– Emory Mental Health Alliance

Hayat Geresu, MPH’23

Academic Interests:
– Health Disparities
– Health Literacy
– Health Communication
Extra Curricular Activities
– GA Public Health Association
– Graduate Muslim Student Council
– Rollins Student Government Association

Hi, my name is Hayat Geresu and I am a second-year student in the Behavioral Social Health Education Sciences (BSHES) department. I am originally from Ethiopia but have been in Atlanta for the past 8 years now during which time I double majored in Biology and Sociology at Emory University. My undergrad experience in public health related classes, and with healthcare access nonprofits serving disadvantaged communities helped me realize the importance of public health in improving the overall health of a community. My public health interests are in health equity, health promotion, and health communication. Currently, I work at Emory hospital as a patient transporter and as a program assistant for Georgia Gear. I am the incoming BSHES department representative, president of the Emory University chapter of the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA), and treasurer for the Graduate Muslim Student Council (GMSC). My hobbies include traveling, swimming, watching tv shows, and reading fiction books. 

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