Ellena Privitera is a medical student at The Ohio State University focused on health equity and human rights. She will be joining the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, National School of Public to study best practices for health literacy development among migrants. Ellena is passionate about community-based approaches to service and advocacy. She’s hopeful that her research involving a project co-designed and implemented by migrants, health care workers, and social service workers will aid the creation of more initiatives that empower diverse, socially vulnerable communities.

US Student Program – Fulbright / FLAD Open Study/Research Award

Education: MD – Medical Degree, Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health, The Ohio State University (expected 2026); BS in Medical Sciences, University of Cincinnati (2020)

Field of Study: Public Health

Project Title: “Addressing Non-Communicable Disease Disparities by Centering Migrant Communities”

Host Institution, Location: Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, National School of Public Health, Lisbon

Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 8 months, starting in October 2024