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By: Sabreen Huq, Partnerships and Programs Intern, C-TAC

Hi there! I’m Sabreen Huq and I am currently a junior at Brandeis University studying Health: Science, Society & Policy (HSSP) and Economics. I love working towards my passion of driving innovations that support our dynamic healthcare ecosystem through conducting research, both for academic and extracurricular purposes, reading, and finding opportunities for me to join in on this exciting movement to transform healthcare.

I currently work as a research assistant at Brandeis University, studying the politics of reproductive health, specifically the correlation between black infant mortality rates and the social determinants of health. I’ve also worked at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where I assisted a team of graduate students on projects centered on the contemporary role of medical organizations in health policy, today. As you can tell, I love research and learning about the levers that push and pull this vast field in so many different directions.

I realized last summer that I wanted to take my interest in policy research and healthcare education to the next level. Introducing… HealthBits. This online platform is the coalescence of my intellectual curiosity and passion to help create and support informed, active citizens, and zealous activists, and encourage information-sharing between civic-minded students. My team and I seek to bridge the gap in healthcare education among our generation, worldwide. In order to accomplish this, HealthBits offers easily-digestible facts, resources, and action steps geared not only towards personal health, but also cognizance of the social determinants of health. Some topics that have been covered include: “A Conversation on Palliative Care: Definition, Significance & COVID-19”, “The Dawn of Digital Health”, “African Americans & Access to Healthcare: Closing the Equity Gap”, “Womxn in Healthcare: Abuse, Harassment & Burnout”, a collection on topics in Mental Health, Abortion, etc. Each post is broken down into 6-10 slides, leaving even those with no prior knowledge on the topic, well-informed and equipped with the key points.

I am eager to learn how I can actively tackle the micro issues that plague our healthcare system and investigate the mechanisms behind the policies that drive business strategies of healthcare organizations, at the grassroots level. C-TAC has been the perfect destination for me to continue this journey to share my research with others. As an intern, I’d love to help college students/younger generations stay informed on developments in fields such as palliative care & advance care planning, as I’ve found that many of us are not at all aware of the mechanics and policies that drive this area of healthcare.

I encourage members of C-TAC to reach out via email to sabreenhuq@brandeis.edu to discuss ways in which we can help your organizations expand their reach to college students/younger generations. This can be in the form of a podcast, joint blog post, online policy forum, webinar/discussion, etc. It is critical that we creatively promote the engagement and education of today’s healthcare students and future activists, so that we too, will be able to capitalize nuances of the field in the long-run.

For more information about exciting internship opportunities with C-TAC, click here.

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