Local independent school teacher, Sasha K. shares her story about pregnancy in a global pandemic
Bibi Chaterpateah is a current Master of Public Health candidate at New York Medical College, concentrating in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion concurrently with an Advanced Certificate in Global Health. She is a project evaluation intern for March of Dimes, supporting the evaluation of several March of Dimes programs, including Supportive Pregnancy Care, Becoming a Mom, NICU family support, and the Breaking through Bias Implicit Bias Training. She is a proud first-generation immigrant from Guyana and the first in her family to pursue higher education in medicine. Bibi graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and a minor in Globalization Studies from the University at Albany in 2018. Bibi has been recognized on several occasions for her academic pursuits and service-oriented contributions throughout her undergraduate studies. She is a recipient of the President’s Award for Leadership Great Dane Award (2016), the Dr. Seth W. Spellman Jr. Academic Achievement Award (2016 & 2018), and the Intercultural Student Engagement Student Affairs Excellence Awards (2018). Bibi was also awarded the Student Poster Award and presented research related to maternal mental health among Iraqi women at the 2018 New York State Public Health Association Annual Meeting, published in the Erbil Journal of Nursing and Midwifery.
Bibi is a prospective medical student committed to bridging the gaps in medicine and public health, focusing on maternal health. In preparation for applying to medical school, Bibi has engaged several clinical programs, including shadowing health care professionals in Greece through the Atlantis Fellowship program and volunteering at Jacobi Medical Center Emergency Department through Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. In addition, she has completed several professional development internships, including the Réseau Docteur, Inc. Summer Mentorship Program and the Long Island University Sandford Harmony Team & Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. Leadership in Medicine internship. She is an active member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Bibi is also passionate about STEM education and health education. She is a former middle school STEM educator. As a certified yoga and wellness instructor, Bibi volunteers her free time hosting mental health wellness workshops for students and staff through the NYC Department of Education Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialists program.
Bibi Chaterpateah discusses the maternal mental health crisis in the United States and impacts of COVID-19 on maternal mental health