Advocacy Coordinator

August 21, 2019

A third-year medical student at Meharry Medical College, Sara Tesfatsion is a committed advocate of marginalized populations through community service. In 2011, Ms. Tesfatsion earned her BA in Biology from Benedictine College. Prior to medical school, she served a year in AmeriCorps/CapCorps as a medical director assistant, directly working with refugees and indigent communities in medical and social capacities. She continues that mission of advocacy as a student representative of the ACP council TN Chapter and as the Vice President for Policy for AMSA at her Meharry chapter. Her interests in learning the challenges of health equity and finding culturally-sensitive solutions resulted in her becoming a health policy scholar and an Executive Director at Salt Wagon Clinic, a free student-run health clinic that serves the indigent population of Nashville. Additionally, as the Community and Public Health Coordinator for AMSA National Action Committee, she plans to promote AMSA’s vision of “achieve environmental health justice, embolden community-oriented primary care, and promote public health and prevention through education/advocacy.” Finally, through a community-engaged initiative by the title of “Community Outreach for Optimized HIV Health Outcomes” she hopes to increase accessibility of community-based services through enhanced cross-training among community members in hopes of reducing health disparities for minority populations with HIV.