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C-TAC Intern Spotlight: Neharika Singh

C-TAC is excited to welcome the newest member of our team, Neharika Singh, who is serving as a Partnerships and Programs Intern. Originally from Northern Virginia, Neharika is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville studying Global Public Health with a minor in Spanish.

Neharika is passionate about exploring and transforming healthcare delivery using science and technology to enable successful outcomes, leveraging a balance between innovative thinking and practical applications. She plans on attaining a MPH in Public Health Policy and Ethics and is also considering the opportunities provided by medical school and law school. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, hiking, and tutoring high school and elementary students.

What initially interested you in C-TAC?

This internship program initially appealed to me because I am keenly interested about all aspects of leveraging and improving policies to improve healthcare delivery outcomes and patient care. C-TAC’s mission in ensuring that those living with advanced illness have access to high-quality care strongly resonates with me as I have witnessed my family suffer through healthcare obstacles throughout my grandfather’s experience fighting through Lymphoma. I am very passionate about making sure patient and family empowerment is prioritized throughout one’s healthcare experience and am excited to be a part of a team that works to protect and promote this high standard of care.

What are three things you want to learn in your time here?

I would like to learn more about C-TAC’s policy recommendations for serious illness care services as it pertains to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I would also like to learn more about C-TAC’s state coalitions and how collaboration with local health providers and community organizations aids increased advocacy for advanced care planning. Finally, I would like to learn about initiatives to reduce racial disparities in access and quality of service within serious illness care. I am highly interested in the relationship between geographic and institutional variation as it relates to racial and ethnic differences in healthcare. Throughout my time with C-TAC, I will make it a priority for me to better understand these healthcare disparities as well as the innovative policy solutions to address them.

What are you most looking forward to this summer interning at C-TAC?

This summer, I am most looking forward to meeting and engaging in conversation with C-TAC’s diverse group of members and employees. It excites me to hear from a myriad of perspectives from different educational backgrounds, cultures, and careers to understand each unique way to envision improvements to healthcare and policy.

What is something that everyone should know about you?

One thing that everyone should know about me is that I am an active listener. I believe active listening not only helps me to establish trust and better understanding in conversations, but also it provides me with the opportunity to formulate more thoughtful responses and solutions to problems. I enjoy working in small and large teams and will continuously utilize active listening as a method to create a communication environment based on care and respect.

For more information on C-TAC’s intern program, please contact C-TAC’s Partnership Associate Director, Luke Scuitto at lscuitto@thectac.org

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