Elaine Zhang, BS

Research Associate

Contact: ezhang@icommunityhealth.org

Elaine graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor degree in public health, double minors in psychology and education, and a public policy certificate with a concentration in health policy. During her senior year she worked on a thesis looking into how access to transportation, the cost of healthcare, and race all play a role in health disparities within the US.

After graduating, Elaine interned at Boston Alliance for Community Health as a Community Engagement Intern where she worked on a three year funded program by the CDC called Let’s Get Healthy Boston!. Her role as an intern was to provide support for local community organizations and coalitions in the project’s three work areas: active transportation, healthy food and beverage promotion, and smoke free housing.

Elaine also interned at Massachusetts Public Health Associations as a Policy and Communications Intern.  At MPHA, Elaine provided support in building and updating web pages for the website as well as researching how certain policies will impact the health of communities. Elaine also outreached to Massachusetts state senators and representatives to promote MPHA top priorities and asked for co-sponsorships on bills.

Elaine’s interests include access to health care, health equity, health disparities, and social justice.

At ICH Elaine’s projects include Partners for Lawrence Youth, HIV CQI, Somerville CIT Program Evaluation, Cambridge Public Health Department Mental Health First Aid, and Cambridge Health Alliance Wellness Initiative.