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Student Fellows

Brian Schlitt, Georgetown

Brian Schlitt is a senior biology major at Georgetown University on the premed track. He has been interested in medicine and environmental science since his childhood days of working on a cattle farm, and he has worked in several ecology-based labs at Georgetown. He is conducting a senior thesis project on the impacts of non-indigenous plant species on arthropod communities. Schlitt is interested in pursuing a combined MD/MPH degree program, hoping to pursue a career in environmental medicine. He is grateful to be able to work with so many leaders in the field of environmental health and medicine at VCCA.

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Patrick Roney, University of Virginia

Patrick Roney is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia pursuing a BS in environmental science. Roney’s interest in studying extreme weather impacts on human populations began while working with Dr. Bob Davis to investigate heat mortality, mortality displacement, and SARS CoV-2. His expertise includes managing big data and communicating technical information. Working to execute VCCA’s project, “A Combined Public Health and Urban Planning Approach to Building Heat Resilience in Southwestern Virginia,” means he can research weather’s effects on health while simultaneously using that information to create effective solutions for today.

Tess Robertson-Neel, University of Virginia

Tess Robertson-Neel, a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia, will graduate this spring with a double major in global public health and Spanish. Robertson-Neel is pursuing the 4+1 masters in public health with a health policy, law, and ethics concentration. She is passionate about the effects of climate conditions and environmental toxins on health outcomes and how policy affects those outcomes. Prior to working with VCCA, Tess worked as a research assistant studying the rights and health of migrant farm workers in the United States. She hopes to pursue a PHD in environmental health and to apply her experiences in health and climate policy to understanding the impacts of climate-related threats on maternal and women’s health.

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Past Fellows

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Ursula Gately
Advocacy & Research Fellow
Steering Committee Member

Ursula Gately is a junior at Georgetown University studying biology of global health and environmental studies on the premed track. She became interested in the intersection of environmental and social determinants of health when volunteering as a medical scribe in internal medicine back home in Arizona. She has conducted research on mosquito resting and climate change with Arizona State University and worked as a wrangler at a dude ranch in Colorado. She leads the environmental justice branch of Georgetown's Renewable Energy and Environmental Network and is the executive director of Cura Terra, Georgetown's undergraduate environmental research journal. Gately is grateful for the opportunity to continue as VCCA's Advocacy and Research fellow this year. She is excited to learn more about environmental health issues at VCCA as she works on how best to blaze a future for herself in the intersection of medicine and environmental health.

Andrew Vanichkachorn
Education & Communications Fellow
Steering Committee Member

Andrew Vanichkachorn graduated from the University of Virginia in 2021 with a double major in global public health and environmental science. He is pursuing a masters of public health at UVA's School of Medicine and is applying to medical schools. Vanichkachorn has been a firm believer in health-based environmental action since high school and has long-term goals to integrate a medical career with public health areas, such as environmental health. He has been interested in ecotoxicology and has most recently investigated the potential risks of pollutants created in the wake of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Vanichkachorn is excited to learn more about environmental health issues with VCCA and will look for ways to link physicianship, public health, and environmental concerns over the next year.

Academic Year 2020–2021

Tammy Moscovich, University of Virginia

John Ryan, University of Virginia

Summer 2020

Joyce Cheng, University of Virginia and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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