Christiana Verdelus is a Haitian-American, first-generation senior at the University of Florida, where she studies Health Education and Behavior and Women’s Studies on the pre-medical track. She is a nationally certified and Florida licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). She serves as the President of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students on campus and is the Sickle Cell Project Team Co-Captain for Streetlight at UF Health Shands Hospital. In addition to participating in the Forge Fellowship, Verdelus is currently a fellow of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship Program at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy.
Verdelus’s passions for sickle cell disease, substance abuse, the Black maternal health crisis, and women’s health in the United States and in Haiti draw her to a career as an obstetrician-gynecologist specializing in high-risk pregnancies. She hopes to integrate public policy and maternal-fetal medicine to help alleviate health disparities experienced by underserved populations during all phases of pregnancy and childbirth.