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Anthony Crosson, Director, received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Boston College and his Masters of Science in Management Degree from Emmanuel College. He has managed and supervised youth programs for nearly fifteen years.  He helped to lower recidivism rates in Boston by supporting re-entry efforts with Straight Ahead Ministries in partnership with the Department of Youth Services. Anthony joined BAHEC in 2008 as a Program Coordinator before being promoted to Senior Program Coordinator a few years later. Anthony managed the College Readiness efforts for Massachusetts General Hospital's Youth Scholars Program and served an integral role in securing the prestigious 2015 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service by MGH Center for Community Health Improvements (CCHI). This award was sponsored by the Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association, and the Health Research & Educational Trust. In the role of Director of BAHEC, he has overseen the development and implementation of multiple programs designed to increase youth interest, engagement, and preparation for careers in health and public health. He also leverages key partnerships with neighboring hospitals, community health centers, colleges/universities, and other community based organizations to better support the mission of BAHEC.

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Becca Rector, Program Coordinator, received her Master's in Public Health from Tufts University. She has supervised youth enrichment programs for the last nine years; starting her career by developing programs for high school athletes. She helped research and develop positive youth development programming with Massachusetts General Hospital. Becca also spent a semester working with the National Health Services in London to design childhood obesity prevention programming.  Becca helps to coordinate BAHEC's after-school programming for high school youth.  She develops, implements, and evaluates programming for BAHEC's youth leadership program, the Youth Advisory Board. She has presented her work at BAHEC at the American Public Health Association annual meeting twice; once in 2013 and again in 2016. 

th.PNGTierra Holmes, Program Coordinator, received her B.S. in Community/Health Education and B.A. in English from Howard University. She received her Master's in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University. Tierra is interested in using community engagement, health promotion, and outreach to advocate for youth, families and communities of color. In 2015, she spent a semester in Botswana volunteering as a Project Assistant with the Botswana Baylor Children's Clinical Center of Excellence (BBCCCoE). While there, she assisted with script development for Genome Adventures, a comic book series designed to engage local readers in conversations about HIV transmission and prevention. In 2016, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Pennsylvania helping to manage school and community-based partnerships while also engaging students and their parents. Her commitment to meaningful and strategic engagement, has led to improvements in communication, program implementation, and client satisfaction. At BAHEC, Tierra helps identify and strengthen strategic partnerships, facilitate weekly youth discussion circles, and coordinate programs to build interest and engagement

aw.PNGAlexandria WhittedProgram Support Specialist, received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Community Health and her Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies from East Carolina University. Alexandria, is currently obtaining her Master of Public Health in Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation with an additional concentration in Sex, Sexuality, and Gender from Boston University. As a native of rural Chadbourn, NC she became very interested in Public Health through the lenses of racial health disparities, health equity, access to quality care, sexual, and reproductive health. Alexandria is helping change the landscape of public health as we know it through multiple roles at BU as a public health career consultant and qualitative researcher. Additionally, she enjoys creating, facilitating, and implementing energetic-filled programs that help close the health education equity gap in disadvantaged communities. Her dedication to supporting BAHEC programs and helping minority youth gain access to college and careers in healthcare is something she is very excited to be a part of. 

aliyah.PNGAliyah Gaines, Program Support Specialist and BAHEC 3.0 Scholar, is a third year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  She is currently most interested in Surgery and Medical Education where she hopes to make a difference by improving the efficacy, efficiency, and accessibility of medical education for all students, especially students of color.  Aliyah is a 3.0 Scholar at BAHEC who has been a part of the BAHEC family since 2018.  She has served in many roles, including her work with Medical Education Intensive which prepares youth for medical careers by exposing them to various specialties in medicine, providing opportunity for long term mentorship from physicians and physicians in-training, and introducing students to the fundamental skills key to clinical reasoning. She enjoys teaching, mentoring, and building programming for our BAHEC students.

Samantha.jpgSamantha Burkhart, CHES, BAHEC 3.0 Coordinator, received her B.S. in Public Health from Northern Arizona University. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health with certificates in Health Policy & Law and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Sam is interested in addressing systemic inequities through data-driven policy - with a focus on creating health equity for marginalized women. In Fall 2020, Sam helped lead the BAHEC Creating Change Through Public Health Program. She now assists in the development, recruitment, and programming for BAHEC 3.0, an immersive professional development program for graduate-level healthcare professionals to continue the work of diversifying the healthcare field in Boston. 

ch.PNGChelsea Contreras, BAHEC 2.0 Coordinator, received her B.A. in Public Health from Brandeis University. Chelsea is interested in health equity, maternal and infant health, and community outreach for Black and POC populations. In 2019, she spent a semester in Madrid interning with the NGO, Manos Unidas. There, she conducted research and presented a project in which women's health can be improved by implementing Comprehensive Sexual Education in South America, Africa, and Asia. That same year, she also interned with the Executive Director at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center. While there, she collected and analyzed data on social determinants of health as well as reached out to Boston's youth for summer opportunities to improve their overall health. At BAHEC, Chelsea supports college level students with their journey through outreach, researching, and providing resources to help with college retention.

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