Who We Are

Contra COVID is an organization dedicated to helping Latino and immigrant families during this pandemic

We are a group of students and professionals from Harvard Medical School and medical institutions around the country who are dedicated to ensuring that Latino and immigrant individuals have the information they need to protect themselves and their families

Our Mission

We work hard to provide timely culturally relevant health and social information in an easily accessible format for communities across the nation

Our Vision

To provide people of all backgrounds  the information, health, and social resources they need to thrive during times of hardship

Our Projects

We know that the news is complicated during this pandemic. It is hard to understand everything we need about science and policy during these trying times. For this reason, contraCOVID creates and shares important news and videos with language we all can understand.

Social Assistance

The coronavirus is not only harming people's health, but also their finances. For this reason, contraCOVID has created tools to help people around the country find resources in their area, and in their language.


Health is a human right. Unfortunately, the policies of the United States do not recognize this fact. Because of this, contraCOVID joined forces with the incredible organization, Movimiento Cosecha, to educate thousands of immigrants about COVID-19.

community outreach

These days it seems like life is totally online, but this reality creates challenges for many of the people who need help the most. contraCOVID creates and distributes brochures and posters in the communities we serve throughout the United States.

Science education

Executive Team

Vice Presidents

Lianet Vázquez

Harvard Medical School

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Lia holds a master's in International Security with experience in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. She currently studies medicine at Harvard. Born and raised in Cuba, she moved to Tampa in her teens. Her passions include refugee and immigrant health and increasing the role of physicians in conflict resolution.

John Rincón

Harvard Medical School

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John holds a master's in Health Informatics, served in Peace Corps Mozambique, and is currently a medical student. Originally hailing from Montana, he has lived in many parts of the nation and the world. He is interested in using technology to democratize healthcare.

Hannah Ananda

Harvard Medical School

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Hannah is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and a graduate of Hofstra University. She was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her intersts include stem cell biology and delivering high-quality care to patients from underserved communities.

Melissa Jean

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Melissa moved from Haiti to Boston at the age of 13. A graduate of Colby College, she now works as a researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is a member of the board of directors of the AFAB (Association of Haitian Women in Boston). Her interests include global health and gender equality.



Izabella Pena


Offline Communications

Elijah Rodriguez

Harvard Univeristy



Gabriela Silva

Universidade de

São Paolo



Cinthia Rincon


Angela Zhang

Cornell University

State Leaders


Catalina Garzon

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


Jessica Cerdeña

Yale School of Medicine

New York

Samantha Mercado

NYU School of Global Public Health


Richa Bischt

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine


Rixzelle Romero

Bryn Mawr College


Irene Goo

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Puerto Rico

Laura Sofia Pesquera

Harvard School of Dental Medicine

Puerto Rico



Boston University School of Medicine


Megan Gonzalez

St. George's University of London Medical School


Maria Ruiz

University of Chicago School of Medicine

Contributors & Acknowledgements

Social Resources


  • Centro Sol

  • Kori Porosnicu Rodriguez

  • Giorgio Caturegli

  • Anna Marie Young 

  • Giorgio Caturegli 

  • Adaobi Ugochukwu

  • Carla Rodriguez

  • Rachel Strodel

  • Albert Holler

  • Alejandro Chara

  • Carolyn Reuland 

  • Monica Guerrero Vazquez 

  • Kristin Topel


  • Shalini Jose

  • Sydney Korsunsky

  • Ahmad Harb

  • Danny Castañeda

  • Erin Dandes

  • Yonghoon Lee


  • Chris Ma (Chinese)

  • Julia Song (Chinese)

  • Mai Nguyen (Vietnameese)

  • Asmaa Rimawi (Arabic)

  • Siwar Shebat (Arabic)

  • Michelle Lee (Portuguese)

  • Pedro de Abreu (Portuguese)

  • Gabriel Silveira (Portuguese)

  • Henrique Lacerda (Portuguese)

  • Felipe Brunheroto (Portuguese)

  • Vitor Kim (Portuguese)


  • Profesor Alexis Rincón - Carroll College


  • Constance Wu

Community Outhreach

  • Councilwoman Julia Mejia

  • Shawn Johnson

Clinic Resources

  • Pooja Chandrasekar y el COVID-19 Health Literacy Project


  • Brendan Eappen

contra COVID

We are a group of Harvard Medical School students and professionals dedicated to helping families during the COVID-19 pandemic

Email: info@contracovid.com

Phone: 617-942-0271

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