Sharaniaah Kuganesan

Sharaniaah

Co-fellow

Tyeirra Barnes

Tyeirra Barnes Seabrook

Placement Country: USA
Title: HIV/AIDS Quality Improvement Specialist
Partner: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
I want to strengthen systems to improve access to healthcare for vulnerable populations in resource-constrained settings, by creating a voice that transcends international borders and bridges gaps between communities and health facilities.

Sharan was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in biology and global development studies. As a student, she worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health where she conducted research on harm reduction methods for marginalized drug-using populations. She went onto work at research institutions specializing in inner city health, HIV/AIDS, and HepC in under-served populations of Canada. Sharan went onto complete her master’s degree in global health at McMaster University. She has recently returned from Karkala, India where she conducted an impact assessment on satellite rural mental health clinics to improve access to services for local villagers. In her free time, Sharan enjoys traveling, immersing herself in new cultures, finding excuses to brunch, and painting.