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Victoria Koski-Karell

From: Greater Boston Area Professional title: Research Assistant to Dr. Paul Farmer Company name: Partners In Health Address: 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd floor, Boston, 02215, United States Summary:

Victoria (Vicky) Koski-Karell graduated from Harvard College in 2012, where she concentrated in Social Anthropology while engaging in pre-med coursework and completing a language citation in Haitian Creole. Victoria has been involved in anthropological, clinical, and advocacy work in rural Haiti since 2008. Her senior honors thesis was titled, "Coping with Kolera: Encountering the Unknown in North Haiti." Her ethnographic work on the situated complexities and understandings of cholera as a new disease in Haiti garnered top university prizes and the Society for Medical Anthropology's Critical Anthropology of Global Health's Rudolf Virchow Award in the undergraduate category. From April to November 2012, Victoria served as the Cholera Advocacy Intern at Physicians for Haiti. With Dr. Rishi Rattan and partners in Haiti, she advocated for strengthened water security in Haiti and evidence-based, rights-based solutions to the cholera epidemic. From May 2012 to April 2013, she was a co-investigator on a mixed-methods clinical study at Cambridge Health Alliance, researching cross-cultural, group-based diabetes care among Haitian patients. Since January 2013, she has served as a research assistant to Dr. Paul Farmer at Partners In Health and Harvard Medical School.

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