Franklin & Marshall
Franklin & Marshall
Hermela Assefa is an aspiring public health professional who is problem-inspired, people-driven, and equity-minded. She is finishing up her last year of undergraduate studies as a first-generation college student at Franklin and Marshall College (F&M) where she is studying public health on the sociology track. Hermela was born in Ethiopia and immigrated to the Washington D.C metropolitan area at a young age. Her participation in SIP includes winning gold at the 2013 FCCLA national competition and successfully completing a SIP internship that allowed her to facilitate personal development seminars for both cohorts focusing on their Clifton Strengths and their college search process. She currently serves as a first-year advising mentor and a peer health educator on campus and has previously served as the co-president of F&M’s African Caribbean Association.
During the summer of 2021 Hermela became a CDC CUPS Scholar with the University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) and program intern with Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) where she developed an online resource hub focused on creating a comprehensive directory of employee lactation spaces within the health system. Hermela is determined to serve underprivileged communities to alleviate systemic inequities, racial injustices, and tackle the social determinants of health.
Hermela’s dedication to service has led her to become a recipient of the Alice Distler Award which recognizes F&M students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in volunteer service in the community. Outside of school, she volunteers as a team leader with Habesha Health, a virtual health platform dedicated to increasing awareness and addressing Ethiopian and Eritrean health disparities in the diaspora. In 2021 Hermela became a trained birth doula and looks forward to exploring her passions for maternal & child health after graduation.
Ms. Assefa’s future goals are aimed at working with underserved populations to eradicate racial health disparities and increase access to quality health resources while empowering and equipping communities to thrive. She strongly believes that access to quality healthcare should not be a privilege and she strives to develop culturally sensitive and robust solutions that advance health equity in all the work that she does.
Want to view the full resume?