This February we welcomed four new writing fellows to Public Health Post. Our new fellows, Caroline Dignard, Sean Hagan, Adna Jaganjac, and Kara Schmidt, will begin publishing daily articles in April, but we didn’t want to wait that long to get to know them.
Caroline Dignard is an MPH candidate at Boston University School of Public Health focusing on health policy, epidemiology, and biostatistics. She cares deeply about using data-informed health policy to improve health outcomes. Caroline is interested in improving healthcare accessibility, environmental justice, LGBTQ+ health, and Indigenous rights. In her free time, she loves listening to podcasts, bouldering (along with playing any and all sports), and cooking with her friends.
Sean Hagan is an MPH candidate at Boston University School of Public Health with a focus on health policy. His diverse interests in health care and public health have been informed in part by his experiences conducting clinical research in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and health services research in pediatric neurology at Boston Medical Center. Sean has also enjoyed meaningful volunteer experiences as a 988 crisis counselor and afterschool tutor for Boston Public School students. He also enjoys lots of clichéd hobbies.
Adna Jaganjac is an MPH candidate at Boston University School of Public Health focusing on healthcare management and mental health. She is interested in improving quality and equity within healthcare delivery systems and increasing literacy around mental health. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, rock climbing, and traveling.
Kara Schmidt is an MPH candidate at Boston University School of Public Health studying epidemiology and biostatistics with a concentration in social justice and human rights. She is interested in how health is viewed across different cultures and how these views effect policy and programming implementation. She is most passionate about Indigenous rights and she hopes to continue to research health inequity within Indigenous populations. Kara unwinds by catching up on her favorite shows on Netflix or spoiling her cat named Shark.