Sai Reddy, a third-year student at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Medical Sciences with minors in Public Health and Global Health Studies, has a deep-seated passion for addressing health inequities through public health initiatives in health education and social entrepreneurship in the Greater Cincinnati community. He plans to apply his knowledge at the intersection of the public health and medical schools of thought to improve health outcomes in Greater Cincinnati’s low-income and homeless populations. Sai currently holds leadership positions as the founder of UC Upward Bound’s Books + Basketball program, Global Health Advocates of UC, Student Activities Board, and Crossroads Health Education Program. He also is an Area Health Education Center Scholar at UC, in which he works with impoverished populations in the clinical and community service settings in order to increase his cultural competence and experience working with diverse populations. Sai plans on applying his experiences to this year-long fellowship by innovating in a previously unexplored and underappreciated subdivision of public health in Greater Cincinnati: health education and promotion. His primary goal is to have a tangible and effective impact in improving health outcomes in the low-income and homeless populations that have been devastated by preventable infectious diseases.
I have always been enamored with generating creative solutions to ill-defined health equity issues. Particularly, I am passionate about addressing health inequities experienced by low-income communities as it relates to communicable disease prevalence. Currently, I serve as a Health Education Coordinator for Crossroads Health Clinic with the mission of delivering effective health education materials to low-income high schoolers about preventable infectious diseases. Additionally, as a Professional Development Committee Intern for Health Equity Initiative, I learned about effective strategies to develop informative webinars with the mission of promoting health equity. By coalescing my knowledge derived from these experiences, I developed an unique public health intervention: Bloom Health Coalition. It motivates and empowers individuals in impoverished fringes of Greater Cincinnati through a virtual application and Health Education seminars. These resources spark an improvement in hygiene and accessibility to complimentary community assets. This partnership also includes staff members of community organizations, who are administered educational modules in order to further propagate the scope of our capacity building approach and reduce preventable communicable disease prevalence. I hope to continue growing this public health initiative and engage with creative solutions to health inequities as a prospective public health official and medical practitioner.