Kinaya is a resilience specialist for Healthcare Ready. Her work for the organization began with an internship focused on equity and community resilience, as Healthcare Ready supported the Baltimore Office of Sustainability with the update of the city’s All-Hazards Mitigation Plan. Kinaya is excited to be continuing with Healthcare Ready, providing research and analysis support on more projects.
Kinaya is a recent graduate of the Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. She was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, specifically having resided in Prince George’s County for most of her life. During her undergraduate career at Hopkins, her extracurricular activities included working as a part of diversity-related organizations on the campus and participating in community service and activism in Baltimore. With her campus job, Kinaya contributed to the philanthropic efforts that funded financial aid and programming for the various Johns Hopkins schools and organizations. Kinaya has also worked as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Caterina Lab, where she aided with a project on the molecular basis of neuropathic pain.
She is excited to be a part of the Healthcare Ready team, as it allows her to dedicate time to spreading awareness of health issues, learning about the implications of disasters on vulnerable communities, and getting a taste of the industries outside of academia that incorporate the expertise and information gained by STEM research.