Partnerships Co-Chairs

Helena Randle, MS1
Albany Medical College

Helena Randle is a first-year medical student at Albany Medical College. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she worked in Boston doing breast cancer research and scribing in an infectious disease and wound clinic. Having witnessed the enormous amount of waste in the research and healthcare sectors, as well as the adverse health impacts of the climate crisis, she is motivated to help bring about positive change. She is excited to work with MS4SF to encourage conversations and action on climate, promote sustainability, and increase climate engagement in the healthcare sector.

Joie Akerson, MS2
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine

Joie Akerson is a second-year medical student at Frank H. Netter MD SOM. Born in Denver, Colorado, she was raised an outdoors enthusiast and spent her childhood playing in the Rocky Mountains. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior, she worked for a mental health start-up in Chicago. Her dream of becoming a primary care physician and her passion for climate action led her to found Netter’s MS4SF chapter and develop a Capstone project focused on primary care physician attitudes towards climate change and patient health. She is thrilled to be working with so many student leaders in the field and grateful for the opportunity to be a climate advocate for her future patients.

Global Health Sub Chair

Christina Chen, MS2
UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program

Christina Chen is a second year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and a 1.5-generation immigrant from Beijing, China. Growing up in the Bay Area, she became interested in environmental issues after learning about the health effects of air pollution in her hometown. She completed her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College, where she learned about the interconnections among climate change, social justice, health, and globalization by organizing with the fossil fuel divestment movement, doing a field study in China interviewing environmental NGO leaders, and participating in a study abroad program in South Africa focused on the themes of “Globalization, Society, and the Environment.” She is currently working on a research thesis investigating the factors of hope and resilience for youth climate justice activists–which she hopes can inform her future practice as an aspiring child and adolescent psychiatrist–while co-leading Health Students for Climate Action (HEALS-CA), a graduate student group that aims to bring together public health students and medical students at Berkeley to advocate for climate health. She is excited to engage with MS4SF members around the world to build a network of support and solidarity as the global health sub-chair!

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