Emma Rutan (SM ‘21+1, YSPH ‘23, she/her/hers) is a Psychology major and MPH candidate as a part of YSPH’s 5 year BA/BS-MPH program from Braintree, MA. With aspirations in public health and health policy enactment, she is interested in how trauma-informed care, racial justice advocacy, qualitative data reintegration, and the arts can serve as means to achieve health equity. This past summer (2020), Emma worked with the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH) to develop a smoking cessation program for Lakota womxn who have experienced intimate partner violence called “Healing Within,” incorporating mindfulness practices into the intervention. She is excited to continue working with BHCAIH this year! At Yale, Emma is a research assistant at the Mechanisms of Disinhibition Lab, a tour guide and recruitment coordinator with Yale Admissions, a member of the theatre community, the former President of Mixed Company of Yale, and a current member of the Yale Whiffenpoofs. Additionally, she is a part of STEM & Health Equity Advocates (SHEA), a new student group dedicated to fighting for more meaningful anti-racism efforts in pre-health fields across Yale. In her free time, she enjoys exploring New Haven coffee shops and spending time with loved ones.