Being a GHC fellow provides me hands-on public health experience and allows me to work collaboratively with communities to remove structural barriers and promote social justice in order to ensure better health for all.
Teena Cherian was born in India and raised in Kerala and Massachusetts. She attended the George Washington University and majored in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. After undergraduate studies, Teena worked to implement telemedicine to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs among kidney disease patients. To further her passion for chronic disease management and increasing access to primary care services, Teena pursued a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at Columbia University. She completed her practicum with the Kintampo Health Research Centre in Ghana, where she evaluated sustained adoption of liquefied petroleum gas to better inform the Ministry of Health’s efforts to mitigate the adverse health effects of household air pollution. In her free time, Teena can be found watching her beloved teams play, perfecting recipes, and taking cross-country road trips.