Kari carlson -- General Member

Kari is a senior in the College of Biological Sciences majoring in biochemistry and minoring in public health. Kari volunteers at Journey Clinic and works with kids and families dealing with the journey of having a bone marrow transplant, entertaining the kids while they are going through treatments, playing with siblings of kids going through treatment, and assisting the workers in the clinic in odd jobs that may make their jobs easier. She also volunteers at People Serving People, a homeless shelter for families in Minneapolis, helping with an after-school program for the kids at the shelter. She also works as an independent tutor for international students in other colleges in the Twin Cities region, where she has made many friends from around the world and experienced interesting diversity.

At the University of Minnesota, Kari is an active member of the Public Health Association. Additionally, as someone that grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota, she enjoys visiting her family farm, helping with chores, and helping with her home county's Dairy Princess program. She is also trained in dressage, loves riding horses when she finds the time, and spends time with her horse Sophie on her family's farm. She also loves visiting friends she makes from around the world and experiencing new cultures that are here in our community. In the winter, one of her favorite pastimes is snowboarding.

What is a problem or issue in health care that you would like to address as a physician? 

"One of my main motivations in entering the medical field is addressing the issue of healthcare for the homeless and especially empowering women, minorities, and those with special financial barriers to have better health and to take control of their health."