Ciearra Janay Jefferson is a rising senior at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she is majoring in the department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communications. She has a concentration in public relations and minors in public health. Jefferson currently holds a cumulative GPA of 3.92.
Jefferson remains active in various student organizations across campus, such as the Howard University Student Association where she served as the Student Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator within the 53rd administration, a shift leader for the Howard University Student Ambassadors, Howard University’s Michigan Club Escape to the Capstone Coordinator, a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar National Ambassador, a mentor for the Freshman Leadership Academy, a contributing writer for several news outlets., and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Jefferson was also recently awarded the Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and University 2015-2016 Award.
In efforts to advance her public health knowledge and experience, she has received the Bacchus Gamma certification, volunteered at the American Cancer Society in Washington, DC last semester, and served as a peer health educator.
Furthermore, this semester she is studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa for six months at the University of Cape Town (UCT). UCT is ranked the number one university amongst colleges and universities in the continent of Africa, and #9 amongst colleges and universities in BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
While in Africa, Jefferson has created a health portfolio and conducted intensive research. She has completed a research paper that analyzes why the epidemic of people living with both HIV and TB is so high in South Africa from both a health professional and patient perspective. She has determined what the barriers to care for co-infected patients are and how these barriers affect their access to treatment for HIV and TB, and analyzed what could be done about these issues from both a communal and public health sector level in order to increase the accessibility to treatment. Finally, she has managed to obtain a weekly volunteering opportunity with a company called SHAWCO Health as a health consultant an observer; SHAWCO Health takes mobile clinics into local townships to provide impoverished residents with immediate and accessible primary health care.
This is only the beginning, as Jefferson has the ultimate goal of pursing a Masters in Public Health after completion of her undergrad.
Jefferson is a first generation college student from Detroit, Michigan determined to be successful; she is always looking for ways to grow not only academically but personally and professionally as well.
***** Health portfolio and research paper can be provided upon request*****