Sarah A. is a rising senior at Johns Hopkins University studying Neuroscience and Public Health and is currently on the pre-med track. Her passions have centered on amplifying the voices of community members and working directly with the community to design sustainable interventions, programs, and policies.
Throughout Summer 2019, Sarah served as the Program Coordinator at the 29th Street Community Center as a part of the Johns Hopkins Community Impact Internship Program (CIIP). Her main project was organizing the Annual Health and Wellness Fair at the community center. Through this, she had the opportunity to collaborate with community members and neighborhood association leaders and recruit local nonprofits to address disparities in lack of contraceptive care, HIV testing, affordable housing, and immigrant services in the Abell, Waverly, and Better Waverly communities.
Sarah also served as a peer mentor for CIIP in Summer 2020 and interned at MOMCares to continue supporting our Black birthing population amidst a global pandemic as well as unravel and address systemic barriers and health disparities that exist in Baltimore. At MOMCares, she worked on various projects such as creating a holistic care plan, designing informational flyers for Black maternal health disparities, Mama-Minute and NICU boxes, and COVID safety; as well as the Doula and Employee Handbooks. Through graphic design, she was able to tell stories and promote public health in a unique and captivating way. Sarah is also passionate in addressing the root disparities in Black maternal healthcare, such as gentrification. Sarah views reproductive justice as a vital part of an anti-racist agenda and wants to work alongside historically marginalized communities to make sure they are all able to decide what to do with their bodies, feel empower and informed when makin those decisions, and have access to those resources in the first place.
On campus, Sarah is involved as a Bystander Intervention Trainer (BIT) in which she engages in continuous dialogue and training with incoming students on consent and gender-based violence. She is also involved in Wings, a nonprofit that aims to improve menstrual hygiene and equity in Baltimore. She works to provide free menstrual hygiene products to underserved members of the community, hosts educational workshops on menstrual and sexual health, and hopes to break the stigma around menstruation and instead empower our community.
By working as an intern this Summer, she hopes to serve the Baltimore and Maryland community by addressing systemic barriers and health disparities, connecting underserved folks with quality care and resources, and gaining experience in nonprofit management and health policy. This summer Sarah is very excited to be working on the OTC Medication Access in Vending Machines project!