Rachel Schenkel is a Research Scientist at the ISPH. Her work involves the integration of in-depth interviews and social science frameworks into multi-disciplinary studies of public health interventions. Her research focuses on the factors that shape healthcare encounters with an emphasis on health system navigation for people living with HIV. The impetus for this work comes from her experience as a patient advocate and care coordinator. She brings experience in programmatic evaluation in relief and development in Lebanon as well as social service design in New York City. She has advanced spoken proficiency in Russian.
Rachel is a medical student in her fourth year of an MD with Distinction in Research program at University of California, San Francisco. Her fellowship product examines screening rates for noncommunicable diseases among people aging with HIV.