The NMF Scholar Spotlight for May 2017 goes to Blen Girmay, our Scholar Speaker for the 2017 New York Champions of Health Awards! Continue reading below for her biography, and click here to buy tables and tickets for the New York Champions of Health Awards.

girmay-blen-headshotBlen Girmay
New York University School of Medicine 

United Health Foundation Scholar 

A second year medical student, Blen Girmay entered the field of medicine with a desire to care for and educate the underserved. Growing up as a first-generation American with experiences abroad, her medical interest lies in understanding and serving diverse populations. As an undergraduate, Ms. Girmay was involved in various leadership roles, meeting and addressing the concerns of stereotypes and encouraging minority students of all ages to pursue health professional fields. She then went on to work as an ophthalmic technician and saw first hand the effects of uncontrolled diabetes on vision and the importance of education in preventative healthcare. During her first year at New York University School of Medicine (NYUSOM), Ms. Girmay volunteered at the NYUSOM NYC Free Clinic and further identified the need of education in underserved populations. She designed a neighborhood diabetes education program that she implemented in a community church. Ms. Girmay plans to continue learning about the public health barriers facing the underserved by pursuing an MPH. Her goal is to contextualize health on a basis of various factors in order to connect stronger with those in need and educate them on preventative health measures.