The Franklin Fellowship is partnered with Project HOME and the Pennsylvania Health Access Network to support four students in a storybanking project, to gather stories about healthcare and housing access in the Philadelphia area.
I'm Claire, a German & German Studies and a Master of Bioethics candidate at Penn through the 4+1 program. I am grateful to be a Franklin Fellow because it will allow me to help work towards a future in which everyone will have easy and immediate access to quality healthcare, by contributing to the important work being done by Project HOME and Pennsylvania Health Access Network. To this end, I will be able to use the skills I have gained in pursuing my diverse many interests. Through my work in Students' Council, I have become interested in how policy shapes practice in a wide variety of contexts. I also have a love for blogging and film-making.
My name is Emily Bamforth and I am a Bryn Mawr student from Davis, California. I am currently a senior, studying anthropology with a minor in health studies. I was drawn to the Franklin Fellowship as I am interested in how narrative and storytelling can intersect with health and medicine. I hope that in collecting people's stories we will be able to connect people with the resources they need, as well as fight for the right to healthcare.
My name is Adedoyin Eisape and I am currently a Franklin Fellow. At Haverford College, I spend a lot of time working with affinity groups, as I hold the position of Officer of Multiculturalism on Students Council and have been Co-Head of two affinity groups over my time in undergrad. I'm majoring in Biology with minors in Neuroscience and Health Studies and work to integrate social justice with my natural science and health centered background. To this end, I mentor and tutor for M.A.S.T, as well as a Philadelphia organization called Puentes de Salud. I applied to be a Franklin Fellow as a way to further address access to basic rights such as housing and health through interactions with the community affected, rather than through literature or study. I want to humanize the issues that are faced by communities in our neighborhoods. I have really enjoyed the connections I have made through my work with Franklin Fellows, and am excited for what the summer has in store!
Anna Catherine Bitners
My name is Anna Catherine Bitners and I am a senior at Haverford majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Health Studies. I wanted to join the Franklin Fellows programs because I am very interested in how health systems either support or complicate individuals' access to healthcare. I've enjoyed my time so far as a Franklin Fellow because it has given me the opportunity to learn more about these issues from those who know them best, including patients who interact first-hand with the healthcare system. I see this work as an opportunity to learn from patients themselves about what the most important issues are and what we need to prioritize as we begin to address disparities in healthcare access in our country.
Associate Dean of the College
Carol Lee Diallo
Affiliate to the Franklin Fellows Program
My name is Carol Lee Diallo and I am a first-year student at Haverford. I have not yet decided on a major, but enjoying studying and speaking Spanish. I wanted to support the Franklin Fellowship because I was interested in getting involved with students who are committed to advocating for the importance of healthcare accessibility. I’ve loved working with the Fellows so far, and can’t wait to see what kind of progress they make over the summer!