Harvard College Health Advocacy Program

Former officers

Former officers

HAP’s former officers are now all over the country, if not the world!  If you’re a high school student or undergraduate/graduate student interested in setting up a chapter in their area, they might be closer to you than you think:

UntitledAlice Li ’14 (2012 Co-president, 2013 President) graduated from Winthrop House with a concentration in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy.  Originally from Southern California, she initially joined HAP after learning about food deserts in LA as a volunteer with the Citizen schools junior high teaching apprenticeship program.  After becoming a Citizen Program Director her sophomore spring, she expanded the focus of HAP to include both off-campus and on-campus health initiatives as HAP president her junior and senior years.  She will be working as a summer school proctor in Quincy House through summer 2014, when she will be leading 7-8am morning cardio workouts (join us at the MAC 4th floor)! <alice.li@post.harvard.edu>  Starting September 2014, Alice will be on the Michael C. Rockefeller Fellowship studying the relationship between dance and disability in Cádiz, Spain.  She is planning on taking 2 years off before starting medical school in 2016.

Carlos Rodriguez-Russo ’12 (2012 Co-president)

ShubhaBhatShubha Lakshmi Bhat, MD (Founder 2007, Director 2008-2009) graduated from Harvard College in 2009, where she lived in Mather House, majored in Economics, with a certificate in Health Policy, and founded Health Advocacy Program! After college she moved to the west coast to dive deep into the study of medicine at Stanford University, where she started and advised a new chapter of HAP. She graduated from medical school in 2013 and is currently a resident in internal medicine/primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She loves meeting HAP members and would love to go on a hike or grab a (healthy) meal with anyone interested!

 

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OFFICERS 2013

HAP Board

—President – Alice Li ’14 (ahli@college.harvard.edu)
—Treasurer – Jeffrey Edwards ’16 (jeffreyedwards@college.harvard.edu)
—Outreach Coordinator – Juliet Bailin ’15 (jbailin@college.harvard.edu)
—Assistant Outreach Coordinator -Emery Poor ’15 (epoor@college.harvard.edu)
—Programming Directors
—Tiffany Lopinsky ’16 (tiffanylopinsky@college.harvard.edu)
—Gita Bhattacharya ’16 (gitabhattacharya@college.harvard.edu)
—Marissa Grenon ’14 (mgrenon@college.harvard.edu)

FACULTY ADVISERS

  • Jeanne Marie Mahon – Director, Center for Wellness (jmahon@uhs.harvard.edu)
  • Clifford W. Lo – Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, HSPH (clifford.lo@tch.harvard.edu)

OFFICERS 2012

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Co-Presidents –

  • Alice Li ’14 (ahli@college.harvard.edu)
  • Carlos Rodriguez-Russo ’13 (carodrig@college.harvard.edu)

Curriculum Coordinator –

  • Marissa Grenon ’14 (mgrenon@college.harvard.edu)

Outreach Coordinator –

  • Juliet Bailin ’15 ( jbailin@college.harvard.edu)

Treasurer –

  • Jason Gandelman ’14 (jgandelman@college.harvard.edu)

Faculty advisers –

  • Jeanne Marie Mahon – Director, Center for Wellness (jmahon@uhs.harvard.edu)
  • Clifford W. Lo – Associate Professor in the Department of  Nutrition, HSPH (clifford.lo@tch.harvard.edu)

OFFICERS 2011

Co-Presidents –

  • Kelly Holt ’12 (kholt@fas.harvard.edu)
  • George Huang ’12 (huang12@college.harvard.edu)
  • Paula Bu ’12 (pbu@fas.harvard.edu)

Site Coordinator –

  • Quan Le ’14 (quanle@college.harvard.edu)

Curriculum Coordinator –

  • Marissa Grenon ’14 (mgrenon@college.harvard.edu)

Outreach Coordinator –

  • Alice Li ’14 (ahli@college.harvard.edu)

Treasurer –

  • Carlos Rodriguez-Russo ’13 (carodrig@college.harvard.edu)

Faculty advisers –

  • Jeanne Mahon – Director, Center for Wellness (jmahon@uhs.harvard.edu)
  • Clifford W. Lo – Associate Professor in the Department of  Nutrition, HSPH (clifford.lo@tch.harvard.edu)

FOUNDERS 2007 

 Shubha Lakshmi Bhat, Chethan Bachireddy, Johan Hong

History of HAP, in the words of the founders:

“In the Spring of 2007 we took a sociology class at Harvard taught by Prof. Nicholas Christakis called “Life and Death in the US: Medicine and Health in a Social Context,” where we learned about the debilitating effects of income inequality on health. We realized that there is a great need for individuals in communities of lower socioeconomic status to take ownership of their health at a young age.

During the summer of 2007 we brainstormed ways in which we can make a meaningful difference. By the middle of the summer we came up with the idea of Health Advocacy Program, searched for partners who can help connect us to communities and schools in need, and applied for seed funding. Starting in the Fall of 2007, two HAP volunteers began teaching semester-long curricula at John W. McCormack Middle School in Dorchester, MA where over 80% are minorities and over 85% are eligible for either free or reduced-priced lunch.

In the past four semesters, HAP has impacted 50 students, has been awarded funding from Youth Venture and Do Something, and has established partnerships with Harvard University and Citizen Schools (www.citizenschools.org), which operates a national network of apprenticeship programs for middle school students.

HAP’s first semester was highly experimental, but from it the middle school students produced a healthy newsletter, drafted a petition for hand soap in the cafeterias and bathrooms, interviewed their school principal and nurse, and developed a documentary about this process. In the last three semesters, HAP has focused on developing a hands-on nutrition-based curriculum. As part of this curriculum we actively engaged students in “Iron-Chef” competitions for healthy snacks. Given ingredients that we supplied, each team had to write their own recipe and prepare the healthiest and tastiest version of the snack. The winning recipe was included in the final cookbook, which the students created, distributed and presented to their community. From this, the students also gained experience in writing, editing and teamwork. We also incorporated field trips to a grocery store so that students could learn about smart, healthy, and economical shopping. To learn about the importance of relaxation for health, the students visited Harvard for yoga instruction as well. In addition we invited guest speakers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Children’s Hospital, who gave presentations about choosing balanced meals, snacks and drinks.”

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