Shehrose Charania

University of Wisconsin-Madison

I am a third-year majoring in Health Promotion and Health Equity. I am passionate about bringing in my identities as a Pakistani Muslim American to fight health inequities. Growing up in Chicago, my family and I have faced barriers with the healthcare and educational system. Thus, I taught English and health to my immigrant parents to alleviate disparities so that my parents can have access and knowledge to obtain a better quality of life. As I continue to explore barriers, I work with nonprofit organizations on how to tackle adolescent and women's health in Madison. In order to educate and empower health equity further, I am an Undergraduate Research Scholar (URS) fellow where I facilitate a seminar with underrepresented students to foster interdisciplinary perspective on research and how we can grow as informed citizens. I also write and perform spoken word that reflect on my experiences of inequities. Through my passion for service, I wish to work in policymaking to create organizations that combines health, education and research to pave opportunities for equity for immigrant/refugee populations. Eventually, I want to pursue a career in law where I focus on being a change maker in health policy-specifically for immigrants/refugees.

Dr. Rebecca Blank
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Personal Statement

Shehrose Charania is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Health Promotion and Health Equity, with certificates in Global Health and Public Policy. Shehrose is originally from Pakistan and identify as a Pakistani Muslim American. Her decision to major in Health Promotion and Health Equity, with a certificate in Global Health is informed by her first-hand experience as a teenage immigrant living in Chicago, and taking on the role of “patient navigator” to help her parents navigate our complex health care system.

Shehrose quickly recognized her parents struggles navigating the complex health care system was not an isolated event. Determined to be a ”social justice change maker” Shehrose created a Tutoring Center in Chicago to educate individuals on English, health, and technology, with the goal of increasing their health literacy. She also stared working as a health coach at a local clinic supporting patients in accessing responsive care and taking better control of their health.

In addition to her community civic engagements, Shehrose is also engaging in UW-Madison Research and Education mission; she is an Undergraduate Research Scholar. In her free time, Shehrose writes and performs poetry to change her narrative from one of oppression to one of optimism.

Shehrose Charania
Health Promotion and Health Equity: Class of 2021
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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