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Kinesiology Department

Renata Wettermann, Health Sciences

Renata Wettermann (Baker 2017) is a Health Sciences major with minors in Biochemistry and Global Health Technologies. Her academic interests include public health and health care in low-resource settings, especially as they relate to global health, infectious diseases, and pediatrics. After graduating from Rice, Renata intends to attend medical school, and is especially interested in the intersections between primary care, public health programs, and medical education.

RenataWDuring her time at Rice, Renata has been passionate about drawing parallels between her Health Sciences education and her love of community service. She spent the summer of 2014 interning for the Haitian American Caucus, a nonprofit organization in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Spending the summer developing the organization’s public health program, Renata had the opportunity to perform sanitation surveys, implement a vitamin distribution program at a local school and orphanage, teach families how to use water filtration technology, and lead workshops on the prevention of infectious diseases. Much of her work in Haiti centered on educating people about chikungunya, an emerging mosquito-borne disease that is similar to dengue fever. After contracting the disease herself, Renata’s interest in chikungunya grew; she applied her interest and experience with the disease to her research paper for Dr. Iammarino’s Epidemiology class.

As a part of Rice’s Alternative Spring Break Program, Renata also worked to learn more about the development of healthy habits to combat childhood obesity in Detroit, MI. Working alongside fellow students, Renata engaged with Playworks, a nonprofit that implements play in inner-city schools as a way to encourage physical and behavioral health. She also worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Michigan, teaching lessons that made physical activity and healthy snacking accessible to children from low-income backgrounds.

Renata also applies her Health Sciences background to promoting student wellbeing through the Rice Health Advisors. She will serve as the campus wide student coordinator for the RHA program this coming year.

This summer, Renata will continue to develop her knowledge of global health by travelling to Malawi with Rice’s Beyond Traditional Borders program. She will be working at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Namitete to implement student-created healthcare technologies and learn more about healthcare systems in low-resource settings.

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1)  Distributing vitamins at a children’s health program with the Haitian American Caucus
2)  Leading a chikungunya prevention forum for parents with the Haitian American Caucus
3)  Working with infants- implementing a vitamin distribution program at an orphanage in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti