Mental Health Public Health Connections (MHPHC)
Mental Health Public Health Connection
Mental illness contributes a significant disease burden to the health of our populations. We believe all BU grad students could benefit from cultivating their mental wellness. MHPHC’s mission is to bring a social network to life. By connecting students to resources in and out of BU and building mental health advocates,
We aim to:
1. Increase awareness of the significant burden of disease caused by mental illness and the interconnections of physical and mental health
2. Facilitate discussion on the connections between behavioral disorders and social conditions
3. Provide education about the prevention of mental illness and the promotion of mental health
Meet our Team
Hi, my name is Rachana Talekar and I am a second year MPH student focusing on Community Assessment, Program Designing, Implementation and Evaluation (CAPDIE). I have a background in dental medicine and surgery from India and I recently moved to Boston for my masters. My aim in public health is to address the stigma around depression and anxiety and advocate for stronger support for the youth. Post MPH, I am looking forward to use my skills on a global platform for health equality and social justice. During my time off, I enjoy painting and exploring new places in the city. In my role within MHPHC, I am keen on creating a close network to foster support among BU students throughout this exciting journey at BUSPH. I am always enthusiastic to meet new people, so feel free to connect!
Connect with Rachana through :email@example.com or on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachana-talekar-18279a125/
Hi! My name is Bola Adams. I am a second year MPH student concentrating in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. I have a background in public health education and promotion. I am also a Certified Health Education Specialist. I identify as an angry Nigerian feminist and I am passionate about access to sexual and reproductive health care, racial justice, HIV/AIDS and malaria research. As a member of the E-board, I am committed to furthering discussions surrounding mental health while being a graduate student and also creating safe spaces to be vulnerable about our mental health and wellness as a school community. In my spare time, I love to read books outside of school materials, read entertainment blogs, take naps and volunteer with Boston Fair Foods.
My name is Ruby Singh and I am a second year MPH candidate. My certificate is Epidemiology/Biostatistics with a focus in Pharmaceutical Development, Delivery and Access. My interest in mental health stems from studying Psychology at UC Davis and growing up in an environment in which conversations around mental health were limited due to cultural stigma. Throughout my young adult life, I realized there were many others who were from conservative cultures that, similarly, did not grow up with a space for this conversation. With the help of my education at BUSPH, my aim is to create safe spaces for more conversation around mental health and to address the associated morbidity and mortality. Through MHPHC, I hope to support students and make them feel more connected as we strengthen our academic experience together. Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org—I am happy to chat about mental health and wellness, and connect you to available resources!
Hi, my name is Devon Dunn and I am a part-time second year student MPH student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Mental Health and Substance Use. I also am a full-time Research Assistant in the Community Health Sciences for a study investigating patients with Alcohol Use Disorder. My interests include fostering open conversations around mental health, improving access to mental health treatment, and improving mental health treatment for historically marginalized populations, particularly the LGTBQ community. In my MHPHC role I am excited to work on ways we can foster conversations around mental health on campus and for the local community.
Hi, my name is Ashima Dogra and I am a first year Master of Public Health student with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a context in Mental Health/Substance Use. I am originally from Nangal, India, and I have lived in Tbilisi (Georgia), Los Angeles and Chicago before moving to Boston to do my MPH. I am an ECFMG certified physician and my main interests are Mental Health in populations with chronic diseases and stress reduction therapy development for adolescents. I hope to use my skills as a Public Health practitioner, in advocating for mental wellness globally. I also hope to promote holistic health and mental care to my peers here at BUSPH, through this organization. In my free time, I love cooking, meditating and exploring new places with my husband!
My name is Namrata Madoor and I am a rising second year Master of Public Health student concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a context in Mental Health/Substance Use. I moved to Boston from New York to pursue my MPH. My main interests include mental health and substance use, particularly in the adolescent and young adult population. In the future, I hope to use data to help inform public health programming and policy in these areas. I am looking forward to promoting mental wellness and creating a healthy environment for students to cope with stressful situations through this organization!
Carol Dolan. Advisor
Carol A. Dolan, Ph.D, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) where she focuses on the social and behavioral sciences and the social-contextual determinants of health and mental health. Dr. Dolan teaches Individual, Community and Population Health (PH720), Stress as a Public Health Problem (SB730), Mental Health and Public Health: A Social and Behavioral Sciences Perspective (SB780), Trauma, Trauma-informed Care, Recovery and Resilience (SB832) and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health (SB721). Dr. Dolan has earned several teaching awards.