As the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, Elzarka spent a year closely investigating post-conflict trauma, mental health care infrastructure and psychosocial support services in eastern Europe before completing his master's degree in public health last spring.
“The depth of Mohamed’s commitment to mental health care access and global health equity can be seen in almost every facet of his local, national and international engagement,” says Hyest.
“His contributions as the director of advocacy for the GlobeMed student outreach group, his master’s thesis research on mental health challenges in Sarajevo while a Fulbright grantee in Bosnia and Herzegovina and his work as a health policy intern for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions — they all reflect those core commitments.”
“My family is very proud of me and I am incredibly grateful to have always had their support,” says Elzarka. “From an early age they taught me to care deeply about the world around me and were instrumental in helping me along my journey, so they have always been my best source of support.”