Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change,
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
phone: (508) 421-3898
“Dr. Sarkis is an applied medical anthropologist and health researcher who focuses on African-born health experiences in the US. While most of her work has centered on women’s reproductive health and experiences, her recent research has expanded to include structural inequalities, health disparities, and access to medical services for all African-born immigrants and refugees.
Dr. Sarkis teaches courses mostly related to gender and health, community-based health research, Social Network Analysis, and refugee and immigrant health.
Her current participatory community-based health research uses storytelling for health education and trust building. She is the co-chair of Akwaaba Free Clinic in Worcester, and is a president of the board of UHAI for Health, Inc. a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of the marginalized African population both in Worcester and in Kenya through health education and promotion, research, screening and referral.”