Meet the Board: Angelica Rusilowski

Hello everyone! My name is Angelica Rusilowski and I am currently a board member for the Society of Polish Pre-Health Professionals student organization and my title is Physician Assistant Chair. Upon graduating from college, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in Physician Assistant studies  but have since switched over to Public Health. I am currently pursuing a Master in Public Health degree over at Columbia University in the city of New York.

Before moving to NYC, I was a long time volunteer at Community Health Clinic (CHC) in Chicago, the largest volunteer-based free medical clinic in the nation. Through my volunteer efforts at the clinic, I met students, who like myself, share many of the same interests and passions for medicine, a few of which are also board members of SPAPP. While volunteering at CHC, I found myself working with undeserved communities, mostly Polish and Latino immigrants who lacked access to adequate resources, including healthcare. This experience has shaped me as a person in that it inspired me to work towards closing the gap between health disparities in this country and has contributed to my decision to continue my studies and become a public health professional. 

In 2013, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, where I also took on a heavy pre-med course load.  While studying at UIC, I was an active member of the Pre-Physician’s Assistant club, where I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful group of individuals, who like myself at the time, were looking to continue their education in Physician Assistant studies. My senior year, I worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Psychology department, where I had the opportunity to study mental health disorders, specifically depression and anxiety. This opportunity has shown me the importance of mental health research and its real-life application in medicine. Since then, I have become an advocate for mental health and firmly believe in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. I am also a huge advocate for women's health and reproductive rights. With that said, feel free to check out my article on women's reproductive issues. 

Below, I have shared a link to the article and I encourage you all to check it out!

Agatha Kielczewski