Just a few more days until the start of the 2016-17 Health for America at MedStar Health fellowship. There are incredible experiences in store for the fellows this year, and we can't wait to see what innovative solution they create. Join us today in welcoming Katia Vlasova to the team (and if you haven't already, be sure to meet Stephanie, Michael, and King as well!).
“I dream of changing how we care for someone who falls ill. Instead of repressing the symptoms of disease, we must figure out where the source of the problem lies.”
Prior to joining HFA, Katia spent her Watson Fellowship year traveling across Europe, Southeast Asia, and South America to research cross-cultural approaches to integrative medicine. She worked with physicians leading programs of integrative and holistic medicine in Germany, India, and Japan. Immersed in contemplative communities within her project countries, Katia was able to investigate mindfulness meditation-based techniques aimed at addressing psychological and physical well-being. Additionally, she built upon her mindfulness education experience by creating education programs for children and teens at the European Institute of Applied Buddhism in Germany and the Learning Center School in India.
“Now, I am determined to bring my knowledge home, to apply what I’ve gained in order to improve America’s healthcare system.”
Previously, Katia majored in biology with an independent focus on contemplative traditions at Bryn Mawr College, where she earned her bachelor’s in 2015. During this time, internships and course cluster programs allowed her to explore integrative medicine and mindfulness, which led Katia to find her passion for mindfulness-based interventions for physical and psychological health. Collaborating with academic resource specialists, she launched Bryn Mawr´s first mindfulness-based meditation group in an effort to address mental health on campus. Working with two post-baccalaureate students, Katia co-led an integrative medicine focus group which aimed to bring greater awareness to holistic healing, attracting guest speakers to campus and organizing community workshops. Her research background in epigenetics allowed Katia to explore current work on the connection between lifestyle, environment, and health at the molecular level, which she believes is a promising future direction for looking deeper at the root causes of chronic illness.
Now that you've met all of the 2016-17 fellows, be sure to follow along as the new team dives into their journey. Check out our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for an inside peek at the fellows first few weeks.