Founder and President: Rehab Abdelwahab
Rehab’s Egyptian background, international mindset shaped from growing up in the Middle East, and her American education has uniquely shaped her desire to become a bridge between the East and the West by serving as a leader in medicine and global health. After six years working in rural communities in Ethiopia with the African Children’s Educational Trust to increase access to primary education, she saw the need for health education courses in schools throughout Ethiopia. This led her to conduct research alongside the Ethiopian Red Cross Society on effective strategies to implement health education courses for students within Ethiopia. She is trained by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Societies in Community-Based Health and First Aid Approach and spent two months interning with the Ethiopian Red Cross Society in Mekelle, Ethiopia.
As a Global Affairs major at Yale University, Rehab is interested in economic development, poverty and public health in low economic countries. She passionately cares about the Middle East and North Africa and believes that lack of education is at the heart of many issues in these regions. By running Branching Hearts, she hopes to better the health and lifestyle of youth all over the world. She is also looking forward to promoting health education initiatives and advocating for health education policies to Ministries of Education in many more developing countries.
Rehab’s passion for global health extends outside of the classroom where she serves as Co-President of Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World, Associate Editor of the Yale Global Health Review and as an Undergraduate Research Associate in the Pediatrics Emergency Department at Yale New Haven Hospital. She spends her free time volunteering at the hospital, tutoring Yale students in Calculus and Organic Chemistry and hanging out with her friends in the Muslim Student Association. Her future plans include attending medical school while studying Health Policy in hopes of influencing the greater Northern Africa region with regard to healthcare education, policy and infrastructure.
Head of Executive Duties: Sarah Cohen
Sarah Cohen serves as the Head of Executive Duties for Branching Hearts. She is a junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Outside of the classroom, she is the Campus Chairperson for Yale Global Medical Brigades, a Science Tour Guide for the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admission, and a French translator and tutor. Additionally, she teaches health education in the New Haven community through Community Health Educators. Sarah is very committed to the Branching Hearts mission of improving first aid education around the world.
Head of Fundraising: Joyce Wang
Joyce is a junior at Yale majoring in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Keenly interested in infectious disease, she conducts research on leptospirosis in the urban slums of Brazil through the School of Public Health and studies patterns of healthcare access in the United States. Outside of class, she runs English-teaching trips to rural China and works as an Emergency Medical Technician. She is very excited to serve as Head of Fundraising and help Branching Hearts grow!
Head of Community Outreach: Jiaqi Liu
Jiaqi hails from the City of Brotherly Love, also known as, Philadelphia! Currently a freshmen in Ezra Stiles College, she is a potential psychology major. On campus, Jiaqi is involved with Yale Children’s Theater, AIESEC, Ezra Stiles College Council, CASPY, and of course Branching Hearts. She has a passion for working with children and hopes to work in the public health sector. She joined Branching Hearts because the mission perfectly matches what she hopes to do in the future. As the Head of Community Outreach, Jiaqi is looking forward to creating potential partnership with other Yale organizations to further the mission of Branching Hearts.
Head of Publicity: Allison Cheung
Allison is currently a sophomore at Yale hailing from southern California and a prospective Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major. She is extremely interested in Global Health studies and was inspired to pursue this interest further after taking a Global Health Studies/Sociology course her freshman year about public health. On campus, she also serves on the board for Volunteers Around the World and Partners in Health Engage. Allison also dabbles in graphic design as a designer for Design at Yale and as Production Manager for the Yale Scientific Magazine. During her spare time, Allison can be found practicing the piano, swing dancing, and playing the ukulele.
Head of Field Experience: Claire Chang
Claire Chang, of Westchester, New York, is still undecided about her major, but she is interested in biology, history, and environmental studies. An introductory class that she took the fall of her freshman year sparked her interest in global health. In particular, she would like to learn more about the relationship between the environment and human health. Claire will spend this summer studying agrobiodiversity and nutrition in Ethiopia. She enjoys running, skiing, and watching movies.
Head of Policy Management: Audrey Luo
Hailing from New Jersey, Audrey Luo is a junior in Silliman College studying Psychology in the neuroscience track. Audrey is very interested in global health and is excited to help develop Branching Hearts as Head of Policy Management. Outside of the Branching Hearts, she works in the Human Neuroscience Lab and is Co-President of Mind Matters. Audrey also sings in Living Water and the Glee Club and loves to play piano.
Head of Policy Proposals: Sana Mojarradi