Meet Aparna Ramani, Health Justice Scholar


Aparna Ramani (HPM ’23) is a first year accelerated bachelor’s/master’s student, completing undergraduate degrees in natural sciences and sociology with a certificate in global health. With an early passion for health care, Ramani is an alumna of Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, a vocational and technical school located in Central Jersey.

Ramani’s interests in the intersection of clinical and community-conscious research, programming, and evaluation motivate her work as a student researcher and incoming Health Justice Scholar. As a student researcher at Magee-Womens Research Institute, Ramani was involved in a project analyzing the social stressors and social support mechanisms utilized by substance-using pregnant patients. “This work made me recognize the need to amplify patient voices to develop individualized interventions and ultimately improve maternal health outcomes,” Ramani explained.

Her previous work with Guinea Worm Eradication initiatives in Chad, Africa and current work in food and nutrition security within the U.S. continue shaping her expertise in decreasing the gaps within the social determinants of health locally, nationally, and internationally.

“The most exciting aspect of my work is the continued mentorship, guidance, and community within the health advocacy space. As someone who has gained much insight from experienced researchers and community leaders, I hope to pass on my wisdom as a peer mentor to future public health professionals,” she said.

Ramani is most looking forward to the productive discussion and dialogue between other scholars and CHE faculty with diverse personal and professional experiences, as she aspires to broaden her understanding of the human rights to health approach.

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