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.
Belinda Clerisme is the Executive Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and works in partnership with the Faculty Director to execute the strategic vision for the institute. She is responsible for oversight of all administrative and financial activities, including strategy, financial planning, fundraising, space planning, human resources, and communications.
She brings to HGHI a strong background in financial management and strategic planning. Among the many highlights of her career are serving as Executive Director of Administration for the Harvard College Dean of Students Office; Director of Strategic Planning for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital; International Finance Director for Partners In Health; and Senior Finance and Planning Administrator for Harvard Medical School. She also served as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of Anseye Pou Ayiti (Teach for Haiti).
Louise C. Ivers
Dr. Louise C. Ivers, MD, MPH is the Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Executive Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health. Dr. Ivers is also the David Bangsberg Endowed Chair in Global Health Equity at MGH and a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ivers has spent her career providing care to the rural and urban poor and engaging in patient-oriented investigation that offer solutions to barriers to healthcare. She works on the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale public health programs in resource-limited settings with the goal of achieving health equity. She has worked on healthcare delivery in India, Southeast Asia, and Africa. From 2003-2017, Dr. Ivers served in various leadership roles for Partners in Health, including Clinical Director, Chief of mission, and Director of strategic implementation. In addition to expanding access to healthcare for the poor, Dr. Ivers has contributed to published research articles on HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, and cholera treatment and prevention and is involved in global policy and advocacy.
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.
Dr. Katz 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.
Emily Maguire manages the Harvard Global Health Institute’s undergraduate student engagement initiatives.
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.
Olivia manages the Harvard Global Health Institute's fellowship programs. The LEAD Fellowship for Promoting Women in Global Health and the Burke Global Health Fellowship.
Prior to joining HGHI in 2019, she managed international fellowship programs and trainee education at Boston Children's Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery and EqualHealth. Olivia earned a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Regis College and a B.A. in Public Health.
Assistant Director of Programs
Carissa Novak is the Assistant Director of Programs, overseeing all programmatic work at HGHI. Prior to joining HGHI, she worked at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment with an ecology and infectious disease research team, where she spent time living and working in Madagascar.
She also worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill managing a large-scale sexual assault research network, which included leading the first ever prospective study of sexual assault trauma in adult women in the US. She lived and worked in Kenya and Uganda while 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.
Kelly Phouyaphone joins HGHI as Program Manager for HGHI’s initiatives in Climate Change and Health. Prior to joining HGHI, she oversaw research programs in urban slum health and infectious diseases, including the Zika virus epidemic in Northeastern Brazil, at the Yale School of Public Health.
She has also been based in Southeast Asia as a Malaria Program Associate for the Lao PDR country office under the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). She received her MPH in Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Milken Institute School of Public Health and a BSc. in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon 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. 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 Harvard Medical School. She is also Affiliated Faculty at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. 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 is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.
Dr. Renee N. Salas has served as the lead author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018 and founded its Working Group of over 70 U.S. organizations, institutions, and centers working at the nexus of climate change and health. She was a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium - in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine - and spearheads the broader Initiative. Dr. Salas was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2021 for her work on climate change and health. She served on the original planning committee for the NAM’s Grand Challenge on Health and Climate Change and continues to serve on planning committees. She has testified before Congress for the full House Committee on Oversight and Reform on how climate change is harming health. She engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She lectures and serves on committees at the nexus of climate and health nationally and internationally, advises and publishes in high impact journals, and her work and expertise are regularly featured in mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, USA Today, and the Associated Press.
Senior Program Coordinator
Luke Testa leads several programmatic initiatives at HGHI focused on global vaccine equity, health misinformation, and organizational development. Luke is also the lead coordinator of HGHI's communications portfolio.
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.