Team Members

Lisa Brukilacchio

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Yolanta Kovalko

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Yolanta Kovalko is the Department Administrator of Community Health at Tufts University. She came from the Boston University School of Medicine where she held the position of Administrative Manager for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Yolanta has spent 25 years working in academic administration.  She earned her Master of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University. She earned an advanced communicator award from Toastmasters International. She is also a certified yoga teacher. Yolanta and her husband, a documentary filmmaker. They live in Ball Square, Somerville.

Seblewongel Yigletu

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Seblewongel is a junior in the Department of Community Health at Tufts University. This is currently her second year as a Tisch Scholar of Civic Life working with the Cambridge Health Alliance. Her research interests circle around exploring the intersections between community-based health disparities research and maternal/child health to ultimately improve the global standard of health for women and children. As a Harvard Multidisciplinary International Research Fellow, she has gained experience in conducting extensive community health research in Ethiopia. In the United States, she has worked on multiple research projects surrounding topics of clinical research, community-based participatory research, sexual/reproductive health, and African-American mother-daughter connectedness through Tufts’ Department of Community Health, Tufts Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, she has had opportunities to give academic presentations at the American Public Health Association National Meeting and Tufts’ Undergraduate Research Symposium. Seblewongel is the Community Service Chair and the Symposium Co-Coordinator of Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS). She serves on the Provost and Senior Vice President’s Bridging Differences Task Force as a Diversity Grant and Evaluation Committee Member. Seblewongel is also a Questbridge Scholar and BLAST Scholar. 

Alejandro Baez

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Alejandro is a sophomore in the Department of Community Health at Tufts University. He is also majoring in Clinical Psychology. This is his first year as a Tisch Scholar of Civic Life working with the Cambridge Health Alliance. His research interests center around mental health and health disparities in low-income, immigrant, latinx, and/or LGBT+ communities. He is currently also a research assistant at the Psychodynamic Research Clinic at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Alejandro is also a Questbridge Scholar and BLAST Scholar.