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Faradia Kernizan

Medical Student, Tulane University

Faradia Kernizan is a medical student in New Orleans, Louisiana. Faradia was born and raised in Queens, New York, to a Haitian family. Growing up in the Haitian community in New York has made her passionate about being an advocate for the Haitian people.

Prior to enrolling in medical school, Faradia has worked in the fields of education, public health research and healthcare consulting. She dedicated her time during her undergraduate studies and post-graduate studies working in positions and projects that contribute to eliminating inequities that target low-income people in society. She has had many meaningful community service experiences, but in one of her most meaningful experiences she had the opportunity to become the Assistant Director of the Haitian Women’s Birth Equity initiative at Life of Hope, a non-profit in Brooklyn, NY, where she got the chance to develop a program to greatly reduce the high maternal morbidity and mortality rate of Haitian women living in New York City.

Currently, Faradia Kernizan is a medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine. Faradia has received her Master’s of Public Health degree at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and her Bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University. She hopes to use her education to assist in providing high quality care to underserved communities. She also plans to take periodic trips to Haiti during and after medical training to provide culturally competent medical care to the Haitian people. In her free time, Faradia likes to run marathons and half-marathons, cook new recipes, travel to and explore new cities, read, and ride her bike.