The Center for Global Health aims to improve health among the most vulnerable in our global community by leveraging the Massachusetts General Hospital 200-year legacy of innovation in medical care, education and scientific discovery.
Dr. Ingabire Grace Balinda received her B.S. in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College and her M.D. from the University of Virginia. During medical school, Grace co-founded and led a phone-based student-run insulin titration program for underserved patient with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes in Charlottesville and surrounding areas, and volunteered at the Charlottesville free clinic. In the future, she hopes to join ongoing efforts to strengthen the health system of her native Rwanda, with a focus on medical education, sustainable community health worker programs, and prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Tiara Forsyth Calhoun, MD
Global Medicine Resident
Dr. Tiara Forsyth Calhoun received her BS in Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Michigan and her MD from Harvard Medical School. Her professional interests include primary care for vulnerable populations, reproductive health education, and addiction medicine. After college, she spent a year working in maternal morbidity and mortality research at the University of Michigan. In medical school, she partnered with an NGO in Nairobi, Kenya to strengthen a community health worker program and reduce wasted aid efforts. She also worked clinically and designed patient education tools at a rural health center in Guatemala. She has studied barriers to quality health education in Afghanistan and other resource-limited settings and works with Firoz Academy, a startup in Kabul, Afghanistan that offers high-quality after-school programs in professional skill development for high school students. Her interest in addiction medicine and opiate overdose prevention lead her to serve on the founding team of GEMS, a startup that designs smart devices for community access to Naloxone.
Katie Kentoffio received a B.A. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, where she became interested in cultural structures affecting disease interpretation through a thesis project on HIV treatment among practitioners of forms of traditional medicine in India. She then spent time studying the cultural interpretation of major depression in rural Liberia, where she also became involved in the rapid establishment of an acute refugee health program when violence broke out in neighboring Ivory Coast. Katie then went on to attend medical school at Harvard University, were she continue to work on issues related to establishment of high quality, community-centered primary care for rural Liberians. In the future she hopes to continue working on best practices to build effective health systems in underserved and under-resourced rural communities.
Dr. Carla Vazquez Santos received her BS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. During her undergraduate studies she became involved with the community working as a volunteer tutoring children in an after school program and in the local hospital in her hometown of Carolina, PR. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine where she became involved in community health, organizing local health fairs and participating in night rounds assisting the homeless population with “Recinto Pa’ La Calle”. During residency in the University District Hospital, only supraterciary level hospital in Puerto Rico, she cared for the most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged population. This motived her to do research focused on health disparities in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. One of her research projects focused on assessing the knowledge of colorectal cancer screening among patients receiving their care in UPR community clinics. Further interests include health policy and advocacy, community-based primary healthcare and improving assess to healthcare among immigrants. In the future she plans to pursue a career in
Dr. Andrew Hoekzema received his B.A. in Economics and Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduating, his interest in evidence-based activism and development economics led him to a job overseeing field research in rural Kenya with Innovations for Poverty Action, where he spent two years helping coordinate a large-scale trial examining the impact of household- and community-level interventions in water treatment, sanitation, and hygiene on growth and cognitive development in children. He returned to the US to attend medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he helped run a clinic for West Philadelphia’s under-housed and under-insured, co-authored a curriculum to help doctors-in-training contextualize relationships and patient encounters within power structures and social systems, and explored the creation of bilateral international partnerships and two-way learning via work with King’s College London in Sierra Leone. He remains passionate about the intersection of development economics and social medicine, including how insights into the forces and constraints shaping individual and collective behavior can be leveraged to improve long-term outcomes in health, income, and happiness. He envisions a career in full-spectrum primary care, community medicine, and translating microeconomic research into robust, justice-oriented implementation and policy.
Dr. Caitrin Kelly received her BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St Louis. During her undergraduate studies she spent a semester abroad in Kenya studying health, ecology, and anthropology, and volunteered in St Louis doing refugee social work through the International Institute. After college, she spent a year volunteering with an HIV non-profit, and co-founded a community-based organization now known as Development Pamoja. She then pursued an MPH in International Health Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, where her thesis work was with the CDC-Kenya on pandemic influenza vaccine effectiveness among healthcare workers in Kenya. While in medical school at Emory University, she volunteered at student-run clinics for the underserved, and co-founded a student group to educate peers on healthcare reform and Medicaid expansion in Georgia. She also spent four months in Ethiopia studying medical education and the impact of enrollment expansion with the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), and also collected data on access to surgical care in Ethiopia with the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.
Dr. Jana Jarolimova received her B.S. in molecular biology from Brown University and her MD from Harvard Medical School. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with underserved populations in Providence, RI and became interested in academic approaches to neglected infectious diseases and international health disparities.
During medical school, Jana helped found several student-faculty primary care clinics in the Boston area, worked in rural Mexico studying disparities in women’s access to prenatal care, and lived in rural Uganda working on community health worker training and community-based primary healthcare. Jana plans to pursue a career combining care delivery innovation in the U.S. along with capacity building and task-shifting internationally, with a focus on chronic disease management, women’s reproductive health, and infectious disease.
Katherine Crabtree, MD, MPH
Global Medicine Fellow
Dr. Katherine Crabtree received a BA in biological sciences from University of Chicago and first became involved in community health working for Project Health (now Health Leads) and volunteering at a free clinic in her hometown of Owensboro, KY. These experiences led her to pursue an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics at UC Berkeley, with a thesis on the relationship between food insecurity and diabetes. At Berkeley she worked with vulnerable populations in Oakland as an intern for Alameda County Community Food Bank, experience that informed her choice to attend medical school. At UC Davis in Sacramento, she was a co-director for a student-run clinic serving homeless patients. She also engaged in issues around refugee relocation and health, developing a study comparing education around care for Hmong refugees at both UC Davis and in Laos. In the future she hopes to continue to work in community health and engage health care providers in improving care for vulnerable populations including refugees and homeless patients.
Jay Miller is an Internal Medicine resident in the Global Medicine track at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his A.B. from Harvard College in History and Science with a certificate in Health Policy, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research interests center on global primary care systems, and particularly on community health worker programs. During medical school, he spent a year in Uganda as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow, conducting monitoring and evaluation of a village health worker program in Bugoye, Uganda, in collaboration with the MGH Center for Global Health and Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He previously worked in Uganda with Doctors for Global Health and Kisoro District Hospital, helping to expand and improve a village health worker program in Kisoro. He has also collaborated on research with Partners in Health and Management and Development for Health, focused on village health worker programs and patient satisfaction. For the past five years, he has served as a premedical adviser in Adams House at Harvard College.