Meet The Interns


Rachel Silber

"Rachel Silber is a current Master in Public Health candidate at George Washington University with a concentration in Health Promotion. Rachel’s interests in public health and health promotion grew after completing a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with a local health coalition in rural Virginia. As a Grapevine Health Intern, Rachel is assisting in the development of health communication campaigns on various public health topics. Rachel hopes to use her experiences with Grapevine Health to pursue a career in public health research and health communication after completing her degree."

Chinwendu Ngwadom

Chinwendu is a Grapevine health intern and MPH candidate at GW. She graduated with a B.S in Biology and Chemistry in 2017 and has worked in HIV and tuberculosis research. She is pursuing her MPH with interests in improving the mental health of children, especially in minority communities. She believes in the importance of storytelling and using social media as an intervention strategy to spread important health information. Grapevine Health provides the opportunity to understand the barriers in health communication amongst various populations and using social media as a way to get reliable information out from a trusted source. 

Nicholas Elias

Nicholas is an undergraduate student at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. He is pursuing a degree in Communications with minors in Journalism and Organizational Science. He is originally from Long Island, New York.

Britni Sharperson

Gregory Etienne

As a current MPH candidate and an aspiring Public Health Dentist, I enjoy opportunities that allow me to interact with patients and community members, learning more about their experiences navigating the healthcare system. Grapevine Health has provided so many opportunities to engage directly with community members, creating opportunities to educate and inform individuals about much needed health information and services available to them.

Zaina Khoury

Zaina Khoury is a Grapevine Health intern and recent University of Michigan graduate, where she studied biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience. In college, Zaina conducted research on wealth essentialism, which positions her well to work with Dr. Lisa and learn about the social determinants of health. Currently, Zaina is volunteering with outreach and data collection at various locations in Southeast D.C. She hopes to attend medical school in the near future so that she may address health disparities from a new perspective.