Join Human Biology in congratulating eight recipients of Haas Center for Public Service fellowships.
Maya Lorey, '18 (Human Biology)
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Service interests: Prevention of gender-based violence; improvement of women’s access to reproductive healthcare and family planning services; advancement of women’s economic opportunities in low-resource settings; security and human rights in conflict and post-conflict settings
Stanford experience: 2018 Deans’ Award for Academic Achievement; teaching assistant for Theories and Practices of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector; Cardinal Quarter peer advisor at the Haas Center; co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee; undergraduate representative on the Stanford Board of Trustees Development Committee; Stanford Women’s Coalition director of internal operations; member of the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice Student Advisory Board, HELP4Kids, and Women and Youth Supporting Each Other; Stanford in Oxford; Stanford Overseas Seminar in Madagascar
Other service experience: Research assistant at TeachAIDS; Sand Hill Fellow on the Skoll Foundation’s Portfolio and Investments Team
Fellowship goals: To better understand the interplay between women’s health, gender inequality, and sustainable development; to learn about systems-change approaches to promoting human rights in challenging settings and ecosystems; and to explore effective philanthropic strategies for empowering women as agents of change within their communities
Brian Kaplun, '18 (Human Biology, MS Management Science & Engineering, Health Systems track)
Originally from Los Angeles, Brian Kaplun is passionate about improving the health of marginalized and underserved communities, and he hopes to dedicate his life to tackling healthcare inequities. Although he was interested in being a physician starting from a young age, Brian became dedicated to public health after witnessing health disparities firsthand as a volunteer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and through his own family’s stories of their healthcare experiences in Soviet Russia.
At Stanford, Brian has worked at the student-run Arbor Free Clinic since freshman year, first as a health insurance counselor and community outreach coordinator, and this past year as one of the clinic managers. He has also served as a peer counselor and co-director of the Sexual Health Peer Resource Center; co-founder and workshop facilitator for the We Continue: Suicide Prevention Education Program; teaching assistant for courses including Tropical Medicine, Human Behavioral Biology, and Foundations of Bioethics ; a member of the Administrative Panel for Human Subjects Protection in Medical Research; and as a research assistant for the Stanford Center for Health Policy.
Off campus, Brian interned with the Human Rights Campaign’s Health and Aging Program, where he worked on the Healthcare Equality Index, an information and advocacy tool focusing on LGBTQ+-inclusive hospital policies; at Pangaea Global AIDS, where he studied the HIV treatment and prevention policy landscape for marginalized communities in Zimbabwe; and at Kaiser Family Foundation, where he conducted analyses of the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges and wrote issue briefs about the HIV epidemic in the United States.
Brian has been recognized with a number of awards and honors, including membership in the Haas Center’s Public Service Honor Society, the Haas Center’s Huffington Pride and Sandhill Fellowships, the Point Foundation and Markowski Leach Scholarships, and admission to the FlexMed early acceptance program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
For his Gardner Fellowship, Brian seeks to gain more insight about the programs and policies that affect healthcare delivery and outcomes, and to better understand how these initiatives are implemented and evaluated.
Tatiana Baquero, Oluwaseun Adebagbo, Kayla Clough, Angela Nguyen, Maria Rey Malca De Habich and Ilya Kim will serve as Stanford Public Interest Network (SPIN) Fellows working for LifeMoves, Redwood City 2020, and the Ravenswood Family Health Center. Matched with an alumni mentor, they will work full-time for 10-12 months as part of a professional development cohort. SPIN aims to recruit talented students to work in public service, engage alumni working in and committed to public service, and assist public interest organizations in finding qualified staff.