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GIAHC on Capitol Hill
GIAHC Presents Its Very First Award to Alice Drain

Young Leaders

The GIAHC Young Leaders program (45 and younger) provides a global platform for youth advocates to network and exchange knowledge regarding HPV and cervical cancer. Training materials and necessary resources are developed in consultation with young leaders to make it culturally sensitive and relevant to the respective geographical areas. Such exercises empower the next generation to play a proactive role in the reduction of HPV-related diseases in both males and females through vaccination, and in addition, to spread the word about screening in the prevention of cervical cancer.

GIAHC and the American Medical Women’s Association recently launched an interactive PowerPoint presentation for middle and high school students in the U.S. A script accompanies this presentation for the presenter, including a game and an inspirational video. In addition, this presentation can also be tailored to the needs of other programs as well.

If you are passionate about global health care and are interested in becoming a part of this exciting international, interdisciplinary team, please send us an email with your CV.

You can also become a GIAHC champion/member.

Team Leader: Alice Drain, NYU School of Medicine

Alice DrainAlice Drain is a resident in the Department of Urology at NYU Langone Medical Center. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in History before completing a post-baccalaureate program at Johns Hopkins and medical school at NYU. Her interest in medicine developed in 2009 in Kutch, India when she worked with Dr. Krishnan to develop a cervical cancer prevention program for a NGO in that area. Throughout medical school she continued to work with GIAHC, in addition to volunteering in the free clinic and tutoring high school students, and was the recipient of the Community Service and the Gold Humanism Honor Society awards. She remains interested in women's health and completed an MSCI degree with research focused on Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. She looks forward to further developing GIAHC’s student leadership group and finding innovative ways to spread awareness about HPV and cervical cancer.

Outreach Committee: Reid Mergler, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Reid MerglerReid is a medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is very passionate about women’s health and wellness. During undergrad at Cornell University, she conducted research on the cognitive effects of polycystic ovary syndrome. Additionally, she interned at the World Health Organization in the department of Reproductive Health and Research during Spring 2014. She is very involved with the American Medical Women’s Association and at Einstein. She is excited to lead the outreach committee at GIAHC and to find ways to raise awareness about HPV cancers in middle and high school students.

Scientific Committee: Prarthana (Prar) Vasudevan, MS, MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Prar VasudevanPrar is a global health professional, specializing in vaccine communications and advocacy. She received a Masters of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she works at the school's International Vaccine Access Center as a member of the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications team. Prar leads a team of young members to develop and update scientific content for GIAHC programs.


Arts Committee: Shilpa Darivemula, Albany Medical College

Shilpa DarivemulaShilpa is the founder and co-director of the Aseemkala Initiative, a project that explores narratives of medicine through the lens of indigenous dances. Shilpa created a choreography for "To Take On the Unknown, a dance containing stories of survivors of cervical cancer, to help raise awareness about cervical cancer for January 2017- cervical cancer awareness month. This presentation was also showcased at the International papillomavirus society conference in Cape Town in March 2017.



Fundraising Committee: Anita Krishnan, Citigroup Global Markets

Anita KrishnanAnita Krishnan is an investment banking associate at Citigroup Global Markets, New York. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2013 with a BA in Economics and Mathematics. During her time at Barnard, Anita served as the treasurer of The HPV Education and Outreach Project. In addition, Anita is involved in working with young women, in the areas of education and health care. She spearheaded a fundraising effort for Nivedita Center for Learning, an organization that provides physically challenged and/or destitute girls with education, health care, and other basic necessities. Anita is highly interested in getting businesses and companies involved with local social causes. She admires and strongly supports GIAHC’s objectives and looks to utilize her experience and interests to fulfill its mission and encourage others of her generation to get involved.