Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program
Jessica Christian, Segal Fellow

Jessica Christian

2012 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Jessica Christian completed her Master of Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Fellow at UMass Medical School’s Shriver Center in 2017. Currently she is the  Program Manager for Columbia University Irving Medical Center, International Initiative for Pediatrics and Nutrition. As a first-generation Indian-American from Brooklyn, Jess brings an understanding of a diverse lived experience and a deep passion to eliminate disparities in health care access among racial and ethnic minorities. Jess’ research and advocacy are dedicated to the understanding of the intersections between violence, racial discrimination, and health outcomes. Previously, she worked at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health contributing to the overarching goals of reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, and increasing equitable access to health care services for women worldwide. Community engagement, coalition building, citizen leadership, and mentorship are at the core of her professional and personal goals. Dedicated to mobilizing communities of color to bring about positive health outcomes, Jess serves through her passion for people and insistence on a restoration of justice.