"Health is More Than Healthcare"

Health Equity Circle

Rachel Clark is a first year medical student at the University of Washington school of Medicine and is originally from Olympia, WA. She is involved with Clinic Based Organizing, and believes in uniting and connecting people through stories. Rachel is passionate about medical care that provides integrated and wrap around care that’s rooted in strong communities, and that incorporates access to quality social determinants of health. Email: rclark02@uw.edu

Rachel clark - regional expansion

Nick is a first year MD/PhD student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His interests lie in community self-empowerment and the development of sustained projects within the purview of combating health inequities. When he's not working with HEC, in the laboratory learning about gene therapies, or in the hospital, he spends most of his spare time petting other people's dogs and eating way too much pizza.  Email: poppn@uw.edu

Emma robson - operations lead 

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Rozanna is a second year medical student at the University of Washington. She studied French and Public Health as a UW undergraduate, and spent her early twenties learning about activism and figuring herself out (she's decidedly still working on both these things). Her interest in social change and health equity stem from experiences tutoring immigrant and refugee youth in Seattle and working abroad in Haiti and along the Thai-Burma border. Rozanna has organized with Seattle Solidarity Network against unfair landlords and raised money through Social Justice Fund to support local grassroots networks. She's learning another way of community organizing now, as a member of HEC's teaching team. Come join her in the
Email: rozannaf@uw.edu

Jordan Seto - Operations Lead

Kira mccoy - education lead

Alice Manos - Hec Ambassador Lead

liam hovey - communications lead

Sarah Schoenbrun is a medical student at the University of Washington. She works on the teaching team for Health Equity Circle’s Organizing Fundamentals course and is also a member of the School of Medicine’s Foundations Phase Committee, which oversees the development of the new pre-clerkship curriculum as part of the curriculum renewal process. Before medical school, Sarah studied and taught nonfiction writing in Tucson, Arizona. She grew up in Northern California.  Email: sschoenb@uw.edu

joe friedman - education lead / data & Analytics

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Fritz Siegert is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington and serving as the Regional Expansion Lead for HEC. A Biochemistry/Philosophy double-major at Whitman College, Fritz is specifically interested in the interplay the humanities and science have in medicine. Concerning health equity, as a first-year medical student, Fritz collaborated with different public health organizations in Moscow, Idaho to launch two service-based research projects that stand to benefit local free-health clinics and Idahoans seeking to quit using tobacco. Capitalizing on the strong community relationships made with these projects, Fritz hopes to expand the circle of influence HEC has to Idaho and the rest of the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) region.
Email: siegert@uw.edu

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Kira works to move public health away from blaming people for sickness to instead dismantling the true causes of sickness: racism, white supremacy, power-over, and the status quo. She's working on recognizing her internal privileges, as well as reversing systemic inequities. Kira can't get enough of learning, she deeply values relationships and journals on the daily. Kira is studying and organizing with fellow students in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) masters program at UW.
  Email: kira11@uw.edu

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Joe is currently an MPH student at the UW, and working full-time as a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. His undergraduate training was in medical anthropology, centered on using ethnographic methods to study medical pluralism and bioethics in society. He is now focusing on learning quantitative statistical methods, and his current research focuses on health and social inequality metrics, modeling maternal and child health indicators, and the global burden of disease. He plans on attending medical school and pursuing a career as an academic physician, working on improving health outcomes related to highly socially bound medical conditions. He believes that organizing plays a vital role in translating research into meaningful change in society, and fostering social, economic, and health equity.
Email: jrfried@uw.edu

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Ariell is a second year medical student originally from Haiku, Hawaii. She hopes to use her medical degree and previous education in public health to improve health equity in our community.
Email: ari727@uw.edu

Jenny Palisoc - Communications Lead

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Jenny is a third-year PhD student in Nursing Science. Her research area of focus is in suicide prevention on college campuses. In the future, she hopes to become involved in mental health policy development to advocate for policies that support the rights of those living with mental illness. She is a registered nurse, working with underserved populations. As a new member to HEC leadership, she looks forward to collaborating with an interdisciplinary group of students and providers who share her passion in working towards achieving tangible social change.
Email: jenpal@uw.edu

rozanna fang - education Lead

nicholas popp - membership lead

Sarah schoenbrun - Education Lead

fritz siegert - regional expansion 

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Margaret loves public health. A lot. She graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with a B.S. in Public Health. She hopes to come back for graduate school. In the meantime, she is organizing with Health Equity Circle (a given), volunteering as a Commissioner on the Seattle Human Rights Commission, and working full-time at a local non-profit. She hopes to see a world where health disparities do not exist because poor health should never be a symptom of one's identity. Until then, she will keep listening to System of a Down to counteract her Armenian-American diasporic angst. 
​ Email: margaret.babayan@gmail.com

Liam Hovey is a first-year MD-PhD student at the University of Washington.  He is interested in working towards an accountable, institutional culture of activism, advocacy, and service throughout the healthcare professional community in Seattle and beyond.  He is particularly interested in the intersection of economic status and systems of oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation in generating complex health disparities.  Liam used to do fun stuff like adventure and hike and exercise, but then he started medical school and now he doesn't do those things anymore.  Email: lhovey@uw.edu

​​Health Equity Circle has many leadership opportunities! See the Leadership Development page for more details on how to get involved. 

Jordan is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine here in Seattle. She hopes to use a career in medicine as a way to develop relationships based in joint power, and thinks that community is the essence of organizing. She is focused on family medicine working with underserved populations, and is part of the leadership of three student groups: the Health Equity Circle; Students for a National Health Program; and Q medicine.  Email: setoj@uw.edu

2015 - 2016 Leaders

Meet the 2016-2017 Leaders!

Margaret Babayan - Education Lead

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Alice Manos is a second year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is originally from Seattle. She is involved with the Structural Competency Collective (or Cross Cultural Curriculum Committee) and believes that medical education should teach students how to reduce systemic inequities that result in health disparities. Alice worked as a birth doula and as a case manager for people living with HIV before starting medical school.
Email: admanos@uw.edu

Ari is a current program coordinator at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) and a second year student in the Executive Masters of Public Health Program at the University of Washington. Through her work, Ari has worked extensively with the mission patients of HMC including homeless, uninsured/underinsured, immigrant, incarcerated, and mentally ill populations. With her degree Ari hopes to continue working with the at-risk populations of King County, focusing on public health planning and education in this demographic.  Email: arib2@uw.edu

Ariell desure - community outreach

amanda blunt - membership lead / historian

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Bio: Amanda currently works as a healthcare data analyst, consultant, and educator for home health and hospice providers and will be starting school at UW as a medical student in the fall. Her graduate work was in healthcare systems engineering. She hopes to build community organizing skills which she can use with her professional experience and interest in family medicine to impact the role of the structure of the clinic in providing equitable care. She is looking forward to building power with fellow students, professionals, patients and community members to advance justice.  
Email: amanda.blunt12@gmail.com

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Emma Robson is a first year medical student originally from Connecticut. She is in the School of Medicine’s Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST). Before starting medical school, she worked for the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board, and did research on the relationship between road development and diet in rural Nepal.
   Email: robsone@uw.edu

ari bell-brown - community outreach

laurie tran - alumni / Support

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Kelsen Caldwell is a white, queer and trans* activist who is invested in organizing toward collective liberation. When they aren’t busy working at the UW School of Medicine as a Service-Learning Program Manager, they are often found organizing with the Coalition of Anti-Racists White, going on adventures with friends, and wearing socks that match their desired mood at the beginning of each day (unless laundry hasn’t been done for a while).  Their entry point into the work of social justice and health equity came through personal experiences with the criminal justice system that shed light on the disparities people face on the basis of race and class in terms of policing, protection, criminalization, and sentencing.
Email: caldweka@uw.edu

lorelei walker - education / alumni / support 

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Laurie graduated from the UW in June 2015 with dual degrees in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (BA) and Biology (BS) and a minor in Diversity. In Health Equity Circle, she has worked as a Lead Organizer, an Ambassador, and a Tent City Collective Organizer. They are currently loving their position as an Emerson Hunger Fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center (and proving that Anthropology majors can get jobs!) She's still trying to figure out what they want to do for grad school and is still hanging out at HEC because she LOVES Health Equity Circle's mission and has a horrible time letting go of things that mean a lot to them (obviously!)  Email: ldtran@uw.ed

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I grew up in rural PA observing the community strain of socio-economic disparity while experiencing the excitement of the Human Genome Project. Suspecting that exposures (stress and environmental pollutants) might shift genome function to affect public health, I found a home at the Institute for Public Health Genetics. Unsatisfied with didactic learning alone, I joined Health Equity Circle (HEC). HEC students organize in partnership with Sound Alliance, a network of 30 community institutions, to alter the SDoH. Since 2013, I’ve directly supported a new graduate level inter-professional experiential course UCONJ 624, advanced student campaigns influencing local policy on immigrant detention and homelessness, and developed regional partnerships with other chapters, schools, and residency programs. I look forward to working with policy makers to reduce local drivers of epigenetic dysregulation and continue expand HEC’s model within and beyond the University of Washington.  Email: loreleis@uw.edu

kelsen caldwell - faculty advisor

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