Interim Director, Climate Change & Health Initiative
Aaron (Ari) Bernstein is a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernstein focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children’s health and healthcare, and on advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and well-being of children around the world.
At Harvard, he serves as the Assistant Faculty Lead to the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Climate and Health Initiative and the co-Director of the Center for Climate Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
In 2015, he was awarded a Lokey-Businesswire visiting professorship at Stanford University and has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University. Dr. Bernstein has been a member of the Harvard President’s Climate Change Task Force and co-Chairs the University Food Standards Committee.
He serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, the Board of Scientific Counselors to the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, he received graduate degrees in medicine (MD) and public health (MPH), from the University of Chicago and Harvard University, respectively. He is a recipient of Stanford University’s Firestone Medal for Research and a Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship.
An avid bicyclist, Dr. Bernstein pedals to and from work year-round.
Spring 2021 Intern
Scarlet Bliss is an intern with HGHI during Spring 2021. She is a senior at Tufts University pursuing degrees in Biology and Community Health, and is hoping to continue her career with graduate studies in Environmental Epidemiology. At HGHI, Scarlet supports student and community engagement with the Institute, as well as the misinformation, climate & health, and health equity portfolios.
While at Tufts, Scarlet has worked as a Research Assistant for three years in the Pickering Lab studying antimicrobial resistance and building course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) to engage students nationally in environmental health research.
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Allan M. Brandt
Interim Faculty Director
HGHI is pleased to welcome Dr. Brandt to the Institute as the Interim Faculty Director, effective November 2020. Dr. Brandt has a long and distinguished tenure at Harvard. He holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School. He is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science. His research focuses on the social and ethical aspects of health, disease, medical practices, and global health in the 20th century.
Brandt has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His recent work is focused on the impact of stigma on patients and health outcomes. He is also the co-creator and instructor of the Harvard undergraduate course “Confronting COVID-19: Science, History, Policy.”
Dr. Brandt has been an active member of HGHI’s Steering Committee for many years, and he has a deep interest in global health. As the Interim Director, Brandt will ensure that HGHI continues to be a place where the diverse resources of Harvard are brought together to address critical health issues.
Haruka Margaret Braun
Spring 2021 Intern
Haruka (she/her) is a second-year undergraduate student at Harvard. She is pursuing a degree in Applied Mathematics with an application in Government, a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy, and a language citation in Japanese.
Haruka was a research assistant to Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones on the National Campaign Against Racism project during Dr. Jones’ time as a Radcliffe Fellow, was an intern at the New York State Health Foundation as a Harvard Global Health Institute 2020 Summer Fellow, and is also currently an intern on the Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Team at the National League of Cities. At Harvard, Haruka is an editor for the Health Rights publication.
Associate Director, Global Health & Health Policy Undergraduate Program
Christy directs HGHI’s Undergraduate Summer Research & Internships Program and the academic Global Health & Health Policy (GHHP) Secondary Field. She has 18 years of university administration experience with both undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard and MIT.
Prior to joining HGHI/GHHP, Christy worked on a maternal mortality research study at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Before that she ran the student internships and grants programs at Harvard's Center for European Studies. Christy's previous experience in global health includes working for the World Health Organization and UNAIDS in Geneva, Switzerland, for the international development arm of World Learning in D.C., and for a medical device division of Johnson & Johnson. In addition, she has volunteered at rural health clinics in Honduras and Haiti. Christy earned an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA in English Literature from Miami University.
Associate Director of Programs
As Associate Director of Programs, Megan is responsible for HGHI's Programmatic agenda, oversees the Fellowship programs, and manages the Institute's day-to-day operations. In this role, she brings together partners across disciplines, sectors and geographies to engage in critical conversations that identify gaps and articulate tangible solutions. Her team drives toward impact through fostering novel partnerships, producing groundbreaking research and disseminating educational content.
Prior to joining HGHI, Megan worked with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma where she coordinated a portfolio of projects on global mental health. She has conducted research on the intersection of the built environment and mental health and explored how complex geopolitical environments impact access to health services. She holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and BA in sociology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Jose Figueroa, MD, MPH, is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management.
He currently is the 2017-2018 Burke Global Health Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Faculty Director of the Residency Management & Leadership Pathway at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. His research focuses on identifying drivers of spending and poor outcomes among high-need, high-cost populations, improving health equity, and evaluating the impact of pay-for-performance efforts globally on health care quality and costs. He was a member of a national planning committee at the National Academy of Medicine for high-need patients and serves as a faculty advisor for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Austin is a health economist, associate professor, and researcher; the creator, co-manager, and a primary author of The Incidental Economist; and a regular contributor to The New York Times’ The Upshot.
He has an educational background in physics and engineering. After receiving his PhD in statistical and applied mathematics, he spent 4 years at a research and consulting firm conducting policy evaluations for federal health agencies.
Austin is now the Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) at the Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also an Associate Professor with the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Austin is a Senior Associate Editor for Health Services Research and serves on the editorial board of The American Journal of Managed Care. He is also a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.
Austin has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy.
In addition to regular contributions to The New York Times’ The Upshot, he writes for the JAMA Forum.
Associate Faculty Director
Dr. Katz, the Associate Faculty Director at HGHI, serves as an Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is a research scientist at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research over the past decade has focused on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of developing sustainable, socio-behavioral interventions aimed at improving care for the most under-served.
She is trained in Infectious Diseases and received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco and trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has been on staff there since 2009.
She has been consistently funded as a Principal Investigator through the National Institutes of Health since 2012 and has served as an Editorial Fellow and a National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Ryan Kim graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Art and Architecture and holds a diploma in Hospitality and Hotel Management from the Institute of Culinary Education.
She is excited to support the Institute’s interdisciplinary mission through programmatic, research and educational initiatives and to continue learning about global health and healthcare systems. Prior to joining HGHI, Ryan was the Operations Associate at a skincare start-up in New York. She has work experience in culinary photography and hotel operations. In her free time, Ryan enjoys cooking, traveling and designing her dream house.
Elie graduated from Cornell University in 2018 where he studied Philosophy and Global Health. He joined HGHI in 2018 as a research assistant where his focus is on the Climate Change & Health, Technology & Health, and Health Equity portfolios.
Elie is excited to continue pursuing his passion for global health through programing and research at HGHI. In his spare time, Elie enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, playing music, and making pizza.
Carmen is a Financial Administrator with more than 18 years of experience in accounting and Finance. She holds a Masters degree in Accounting, Auditing, and Controlling from the University of Valencia, Spain.
In her current role, she oversees HGHI’s financial administration including preparing, verifying, and monitoring budgets; financial analysis; forecasting; and application of financial policies.
Prior to joining the Institute Carmen has worked as a chief accountant, auditor, and data analyst with both nonprofit and private institutions. Her background also includes significant experience with sponsored research and OMB Uniform Guidance.
Professionally, she enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems, improving processes, and increasing efficiency in the organization.
Senior Program Coordinator
Emily Maguire coordinates the Harvard Global Health Institute’s summer undergraduate programs and supports the Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy (GHHP).
Prior to joining HGHI in 2015, she worked with Education First and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She earned a Master’s in Education from Harvard and a BA in Psychology from Boston College.
Spring 2021 Intern
Olivia is an undergraduate at Harvard College studying Neuroscience with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Her interests lie at the intersection of science and policy, including the social determinants of health and bioethics. Previously, Olivia has worked on communications and organizing with Vot-ER to increase civic engagement in the healthcare setting. At HGHI, she is excited to continue learning about the global health landscape from an interdisciplinary perspective and developing skills applicable to the field.
Senior Coordinator of Engagement and Events
Olivia Mulvey joins HGHI as the Senior Coordinator of Education, Engagement and Events. Prior to Joining HGHI, Olivia was an Education Coordinator in the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.
At BCH, Olivia managed international fellowship programs and trainee education. Olivia graduated from Regis College with an undergraduate degree in Public Health and Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Through her experiences working with Partners In Health, EqualHealth and Boston Children’s Hospital she developed a strong interest in supporting global health education and student engagement. Olivia enjoys reading, music, spending time with family and traveling!
André Nogueira, Ph.D., is an associate researcher and instructor for the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
André investigates how design frameworks and methods can help create infrastructural interventions to support the well-being of people, organizations, and the ecosystems within which they live in. His work has been funded by The Kresge Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, among others. He currently leads investigations on complex challenges related to life after pandemics, eradicating tuberculosis, urban food systems, infrastructures for local circular economies, and organizational models and leadership for environmental conservation.
André also advises senior executives in corporations and leaders of NGOs and in the public sector interested in building design capacity within their organizations. Before coming to Harvard, André completed his Ph.D. in Design at the IIT-Institute of Design, where he helped create the Chicago Design Lab and led projects that influenced food policy change. He holds an M.S. in Contemporary Urban Planning and a dual major bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, and a Masters in Geography, Cities, and Architecture, from Escola da Cidade, São Paulo.
Carissa Novak manages the Technology and Global Health portfolio at HGHI. Prior to joining HGHI, she worked at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment on an ecology and infectious disease research program, where she spent a significant amount of time collecting data in rural Madagascar.
She has also worked at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, managing a sexual assault research network; leading the first ever prospective study of sexual assault trauma in adult women. She has spent time living and working in rural Kenya and Uganda, studying barriers to reproductive healthcare, specifically in seeking treatment for HPV and Cervical Cancer. She received her Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University’s Global Health Institute, and her BA in International Relations from Auburn University.
Program Coordinator, GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative
Juliana is the Program Coordinator for the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative and the Assistant to Professor Vikram Patel. Based in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is responsible for the administrative tasks, event programing, and communications of the Initiative as well as supporting Dr. Patel's administrative needs.
She is also a Research Assistant on the National Institute of Mental Health funded U19 Scale Up Hubs project, ESSENCE (Enabling Science to Service to ENhance depression CarE) Prior to joining Harvard Juliana worked in the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health as the Events and Communications Specialist and the Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Global Health Department. Juliana received her MPH degree focused on Global Health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BS degree in Biology and Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.
Liana Rosenkrantz Woskie
Liana R. Woskie is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Health Economics at the LSE and is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Her dissertation focuses on the evaluation of health system performance with a focus on person-centered care and autonomy; using this work to quantify human rights violations.
Prior to her PhD, Liana served as the Assistant Director of the Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality (HIGHQ). In 2015-16, as an extension of her role at the Institute, she coordinated the Harvard-LSHTM Lancet Report on the Global Response to Ebola. More recently, she worked with Irene Papanicolas and Ashish Jha on an NASEM commission to quantify harm caused by poor quality healthcare in LMICs and a series of comparative health system performance evaluations in high income countries, with published output in JAMA, the BMJ and HealthAffairs. Current COVID-related projects include: 1.) Assessing the impact of social distancing policies on changes in aggregate human mobility, and 2.) Developing a risk score-card to mitigate reproductive health sequalae from COVID-19.
Liana holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and completed an MSc at the LSE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Prior to joining the Institute, she worked with the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and was a Global Health Corps Fellow at Partners In Health. As a Thomas J Watson Fellow Liana also worked with, and studied, iterations of the Community Health Worker model in over ten countries including Rwanda, Bangladesh, India and the United States.
Dr. Renee N. Salas is Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Salas served as the lead author for the 2018 and 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief and will again in 2020. Dr. Salas was a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium and launched the broader Initiative in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine and serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative. She engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She lectures on climate and health nationally and internationally, has published in high impact journals, and her work and expertise has been featured in mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press. Her Doctor of Medicine is from the innovative five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her Master of Public Health degree is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.
Luke graduated from Saint Anselm College in May, 2019 where he studied sociology, economics, and public policy. Before joining HGHI, Luke was involved with several nonprofit and public service initiatives where he gained experience in program development, research, and entrepreneurship.
Between 2013 and 2017, Luke co-founded and managed the nonprofit Project PLAY NH which sought to increase youth access to organized sports in Manchester, NH. More recently, Luke served as the Director of Program for HOBY NH and was committed to several positions at the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC). At SYSC, he researched, developed, and managed programs that aimed to lower the youth recidivism rate. Luke’s passion for global health is rooted in the time he spent performing research in Dolpo, Nepal.
Affiliated Faculty, HGHI Fellow
Dr. Thomas C. Tsai is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), an Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Tsai received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and his MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Tsai is board certified in general surgery. His clinical interests include laparoscopic and robotic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease and paraesophageal hernias; complex abdominal wall reconstruction; and bariatric surgery. Dr. Tsai’s research focuses on health policy evaluation and on policy and systems-level interventions to improve the quality and value of surgical care.
Patrick Whitney is the former dean of the Institute of Design (ID), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he was the Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design and an IIT distinguished professor. During his leadership of ID, the school created the first PhD program in design in the USA, transformed ID into a leading institution in design methods and theory, and created an executive education program translating design to organizational leadership. In 2017, Mr. Whitney was visiting professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard Chan School.
Mr. Whitney is widely regarded as a thought leader for pioneering the notions of human-centered design and strategic design. He conducts executive seminars and advises many organizations including Aetna, BP, Godrej & Boyce (Mumbai), Proctor & Gamble, SC Johnson, Texas Instruments, and government agencies in Denmark, Hong Kong, India, and the UK.
As professor in residence, Mr. Whitney applies design methods and frameworks to seemingly intractable public health problems, while expanding human-centered design to contribute to scholarship and the educational mission of the School.
Mr. Whitney earned his bachelor of fine arts in visual communication design at the University of Alberta, followed by a master of fine arts in design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Whitney was appointed associate professor and chair of the Division of Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1979. Five years later, he was appointed associate professor and head of communication design at the Institute of Design. In 1987, he was appointed professor and director, and then dean of ID.
Daisy Winner is a Program Manager at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) where she oversees thePandemics, and Misinformation and Health initiatives.
In this role, Daisy aims to convene experts and actors across disciplines and geographies to engage in critical conversations and foster collaboration for meaningful solutions. Prior to joining HGHI, Daisy worked at Seed Global Health, where she oversaw a portfolio of projects focused on strengthening medical and nursing education in several sub-Saharan African countries. She also managed the organization's strategic communications, using storytelling and engagement strategies to advocate for quality healthcare access and to highlight our shared human connection. She holds a BA in Psychology and Global Health from Lesley University.