Jessica Plaha

Jessica Plaha is a graduating senior at Rutgers University-New Brunswick with dual enrollment in Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences. She will receive her BS in Public Health and a minor in Biological Sciences in May 2020. During her undergraduate career, she worked on several research projects on topics including breast cancer and physical disorders of neighborhoods in Essex County, smoking behaviors amongst the LGBT community in Newark, and colorectal cancer screening in the Greater Newark Area. Her research interests include health disparities among medically underserved populations, particularly within racial and ethnic minority groups and low-income urban communities. She is an aspiring physician, and her ultimate goal is to achieve a career that intersects medicine, public health, and social justice.