HCIF would like to welcome our newest intern Christina Gareis, MS! Christina will support HCIF’s statewide health literacy initiatives in 2022. She received her Master’s in Science from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health. Her public health interests include policy and advocacy, health literacy, and program planning. Christina previously worked on an international initiative related to menstrual health and hygiene. This work pushed her to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate education and solutions for women and girls in historically underserved communities. A fun fact about Christina is that she is a dual citizen of the US and Italy. Christina’s career goals include obtaining a doctorate in Public Health and working within the federal government to improve the nation’s health.
The Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition, led by HCIF and Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP), are thrilled to have Christina join us as we work to establish a culture of health literacy and equity throughout the Commonwealth.