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Hailey Hough, Senior Contributor
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Hailey Hough is a hardworking Advertising Management Communications major at Michigan State University and supports this with a minor in Business. Hailey is part of the broadcast team of The Power of the Patient Project where she is the host of FAQ, the popular webseries, and she is also an accomplished journalist. She is driven and determined to provide the best content that will educate and spread awareness on patient rights and advocacy by creating intriguing content as she writes about topics that matter the most to patients throughout the country as well as interviews with top health care professionals .

Liya Moges, Senior Contributor
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Liya Moges is a passionate and dedicated junior studying Biomedical Science, Business, and Law at Georgia State University. She works at Emory University Hospital supporting nurses and physicians on a Complex Medicine floor and uses this opportunity to shadow different physicians in different specialties. While working alongside healthcare professionals, Liya gained an interest in health equity and how it plays a role in the daily physician-patient interactions in a hospital setting. This interest plays a role in Liya’s desire to spread awareness on diversity/inclusion and health equity within healthcare. In an effort to combine her desire to educate the public, Liya joined Today’s Patient to address topics such as health and wellness, public health, and diversity inclusion in medicine.

Graham Harrington, Senior Contributor
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Graham Harrington is a Senior at Denison University with a Creative Writing Major and Communications Minor. Graham serves as a Staff Writer for the college newspaper, The Denisonian, as well as the social and promotional chair for both the Denison Muay Thai Club and the college’s sketch comedy group, running their social media accounts and promoting their events. After winning an award in the annual Denison Pod-A-Thon podcast competition, Graham found his passion for journalistic writing and hopes to use it to advocate for mental health awareness, body positivity, and transparency for patients as consumers. 

Michelle Powell, Senior Contributor
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Michelle Powell is an undergraduate student at Michigan State University majoring in Human Biology with plans to become a physician or a physician assistant. She is passionate about writing stories to help people. This led her to join her school’s Her Campus chapter. With her passion for journalism, Michelle joined the Today’s Patient team to focus on medicine and medical issues to help patients better understand how to navigate the healthcare system.

Rachel A.R. Porter, Senior Contributor
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Rachel A. R. Porter (she/her) is the Co-Founder of Kneading Change LLC, a liberation-focused consulting and facilitation practice. She is the former Editor-In-Chief of Rematriation -an Indigenous women led media project – and has consulted for numerous climate justice nonprofits. Rachel earned her B.A. from Middlebury College and M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University. Rachel is a caregiver and patient advocate who is passionate about increasing patient access to resources related to mental health care, chronic pain relief and reproductive justice. She is currently pursuing a M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Rachel is a Senior Contributor at Today’s Patient.

Nikita Amin, Senior Contributor
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Nikita Amin is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Virginia double majoring in Biology and English.  She hopes to go into the biological research sciences, and is passionate about making the academia she is passionate about more accessible.  This is one of her main focuses as a Senior Contributor at Today's Patient, writing articles that make scientific news more readily available to the general public.

Amanda Bonesteel, Senior Contributor
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Amanda (Mandy) Bonesteel is a current undergraduate at Northern Michigan University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a double-minor in Human Behavior and Political Science. She works as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader in Marquette, Michigan for OPEN-MSU (Opioid Prevention and Education Network, affiliate of Michigan State University) and is planning on studying abroad in Botswana, Africa in the summer of 2022 in a community public health program. She spends time volunteering in the Marquette community and is a participant in one of the COVID-19 vaccine trials. Mandy is passionate about public health and health education, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. after graduating from NMU. Previously, Amanda worked as a wildland firefighter for several seasons, completed a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician program, and worked with AmeriCorps programs revolving around conservation and land management. In her spare time, Amanda loves to hike and backpack, travel, cook for friends, and volunteer in underserved communities around the world.

Dima Bischoff-Hashem, Senior Contributor
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Dima Bischoff-Hashem is an undergraduate at Rutgers University pursuing a double major in Public Health and Biomathematics. She aims to incorporate health-related participatory action research into her career and is currently a member of the Young People’s Campaign whose goal is to improve access to healthcare in the United States. With an interest in environmental justice, Dima is currently working with two social work professors at Rutgers University to publish related research and is a member of the Sunrise Movement which seeks to address climate change through political action. She aspires to be a part of policymaking that improves the health of low-income communities. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her pet rabbit and crocheting keychains, bookmarks, and stuffed animals for her business on Etsy.

Danait Tzeggai, Senior Contributor 
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Danait Tzeggai is passionate about wellness, and she works as a health coach encouraging others to live a healthy lifestyle. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in public health with an emphasis on epidemiology. She has a bachelor's degree in health science and a minor in psychology. Her passion for public health led her to focus on nutrition, healthy living, and cultural competency. She is particularly interested in healthcare policies, access to care, and reliable information related to public health. Additionally, she aims to bridge the gap between health care professionals and consumers.

Kylie Tangonan, Senior Contributor 
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Kylie Tangonan is a student at Barnard College of Columbia University studying Medical Anthropology. She is passionate about sharing stories and resources that resonate with patients by exploring the ever changing and dynamic fields of medicine, science, public health, and beyond. An accomplished writer, Kylie adds a special depth to her stories, tailored to the interests of her readers.

Olivia Arkell, Senior Contributor
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Olivia Arkell is a recent graduate from Hamline University who studied psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and political science. She has a strong interest in biomedical ethics and the psychotherapeutic value of psychedelics. Olivia is always looking for ways she can expand her understanding on how we can transform the way we treat mental illness in the clinical setting. She demonstrates this passion through researching and interpreting literature then translating it into a short article/blog form that is easy, reliable, and comprehensible for the general public to read. Olivia joined the editorial team at Today’s Patient in the hope of initiating important conversations on topics related to wellness, mental health, neuroscience, and psychology and educating people on patient rights and advocacy.

Hugo Amador, Senior Contributor
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Hugo Amador is an undergraduate student at Cornell University. He is currently studying cellular & molecular biology, journalism, and Latin American studies. After being born and raised in Honduras, Hugo moved to the United States in flee against gang violence where he has worked with many organizations in research/advocacy – primarily towards immigrant and refugee populations. He has given many TEDx talks, having his talks published with global organizations, and has also worked on clinical research within immigrant populations in the New York metropolitan area along with an infectious disease team. Hugo is the recipient of prestigious and competitive academic fellowships, such as the Cornell Commitment Fellowship, and is the founder of Hugo’s Movement, a not-for-profit that advocates for the access to equitable healthcare, education, and liberty of victims of war and gang violence, primarily immigrant children and adolescents. Hugo can be reached at

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