Ian Jeong is a senior in the School of Nursing from Palisades Park, New Jersey, pursuing a minor in Healthcare Management Services. He is particularly interested in understanding how policies and the environment affect population health.

To gain more experience, he participated in Short Term Educational Experiences for Research (STEER), a research internship through the Perelman School of Medicine, where he studied the relationship between male reproductive health and environmental toxicology.

Outside of class, he has been active in the LGBTQ community on campus since coming to Penn. In collaboration with the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health and Penn Center for Public Health Initiatives, as a member of Nurses at Penn Understanding Sexuality in Healthcare (PUSH), the student group aimed at promoting LGBTQ inclusivity in health care, Ian organized a panel discussion on queer communities of color and their access to health services. They examined access to health service from healthcare policy, immigration justice, and social work perspectives.

Additionally, he produced the stage adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye” for African American Arts Alliance (4A), and currently serves as the Alumni Relations Chair of 4A. He is excited to further his understanding of healthcare, and is looking forward to organizing more workshops to promote quality care and health equities for marginalized patient populations.