Sernah Essien is a first generation Ghanaian-American who dreams of becoming a physician and is passionate about health equity. She holds a B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University and an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts University School of Medicine. She became versed on global health issues after two years as the advocacy lead for the Boston University chapter of Partners in Health Engage. She later shifted her focus from advocating for monetary increases in global health aid to tackling policies impeding access to essential medicines for millions around the world as a member of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). She has been part of UAEM for four years, and has been a student leader on the North American coordinating committee for two years. In her time as a student advocate, she has met with leaders at the state, national, and global levels. Sernah strongly believes that health is a human right and pushes to build power at the grassroots level by creating strong, inclusive coalitions of individuals and advocates. She is committed to working toward a long career in promoting health equity.
Sernah works on the Free the Vaccine for COVID-19 campaign.