Meet The Restuccia Health Justice Fellowship - New York Fellows

Ellie Alter, Make the Road NY

Ellie Alter currently serves as Make the Road New York's (MRNY) Health Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she oversees the health promotores team, which conducts culturally-competent outreach to immigrant and working-class community members across New York on critical issues such as health insurance, food insecurity, HIV testing, and COVID-19 vaccination. She brings eight years of experience working in immigrant rights, including roles directing legal and psychosocial assistance for asylum seekers. 

Melissa (Missy) Genadri, Children's Defense Fund

Missy is a Health and Economic Mobility Policy Associate with the Children's Defense Fund –NewYork, where she strives to ensure every New York child has a healthy start at life by working to promote racial equity, improve health outcomes, and access to care, reduce health disparities and strengthen family income supports. Prior to joining CDF-NY, Missy spearheaded initiatives to improve the quality of care and tracked system-wide outcomes at a nationally recognized hospital system. She has worked with marginalized communities in Baltimore and New York, including uninsured and underinsured families, individuals dealing with houselessness, and HIV + population.

Medha Ghosh, Coalition of Asian American Children and Families

Medha Ghosh joined CACF as the Health Policy Coordinator in October 2021 where they work closely with CACF's collaborative partners to tackle the health equity issues affecting the Asian American Pacific Islander community in New York City and State. Over the past six years, Ghosh has dedicated their time to working on health issues that disproportionately impact communities of color.

Manuela McDonough, The JED Foundation

Manuela McDonough (she/her/hers) is the Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy for The Jed Foundation, a nonprofit that protects mental health and prevents suicide for teens and young adults. Passionate about improving health inequities for black and brown communities, Manuela has dedicated her career to advocating for systemic change. With over 15 years of experience, Manuela has held roles as Director of Issue Advocacy at Berlin Rosen, Director of Communications at the NYC Health Department's Center for Health Equity, and Associate Director at UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza),

Marilyn Reyes, Peer Network of NY

Born and raised in the Bronx, Marilyn fights for the rights of people who use/d drugs, people living with HIV/Hep C, people who experience homelessness, women, and other vulnerable communities, humanizing the issues with Harm Reduction Principles. Marilyn became involved with vocal-NY and helped pass THE FAIR CHANCE ACT, has worked on several other campaigns, increased membership, canvassed at parole offices and court houses, and educated people about their rights. In May 2022, Marilyn was acknowledged by the Office of NYC Public Advocate with the Essential Workers Award in recognition of her outstanding service to her community during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

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