CUHF Graduate Chapter

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Cornell University Healthy Futures: Graduate Chapter (CUHFG) is the graduate division of the first academic institute in the country to combine hospitality, environmental design, and health policy and management to improve patient and customer experience.

Who We Are

We believe in creative and transdisciplinary approaches to health and wellness. We come from a broad range of programs, backgrounds, and interests; however, we all share a desire to improve how care is experienced and delivered.

What We Do

CUHFG encourages and empowers future industry leaders to explore the intersection of healthcare, hospitality, and design. We coordinate with the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures to facilitate academic and networking opportunities with prospective employers, professional development programs, social activities, mentorship and community service involvement.

Current Programs

• Case Competition at Cornell Tech
• Community service with Engaged Cornell
• Networking with executives and experts
• Roundtable discussions with diverse academic emphases

Future Programs

• Conferences, symposia and case competitions (i.e. Johnson Healthcare Symposium, Healthy Futures Conference)
• Conduct and present multidisciplinary research
• Capstone-style projects


• Healthcare design • Research
• Consulting • Senior Living

If you are interested, please contact Joseph De Los Santos

Meet the Team

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Joseph De Los Santos
PresidentJoseph De Los Santos is a student in the Sloan Program in Health Administration. He was born and raised in Southern California, and received his B.S. in Public Health Sciences with a minor in Medical Anthropology from the University of California, Irvine. He spent two and half years working in the regulatory side of clinical research in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at UC Irvine Health focusing on patient education, resident education, simulation, quality improvement, pharmaceutical drug and medical device clinical trials. This past summer Joseph interned as Senior Consulting Associate Intern at The Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. Joseph worked on regional Northern California projects centered around care experience for primary care and for specialized populations as well as an hospital specific operational workflow project for the pediatric population. Joseph is serving as the president of the graduate student/professional club Cornell University Healthy Futures: Graduate Chapter(CUHFG). Joseph’s career interests are patient experience, provider experience, compassionate care, innovation and healthcare delivery.

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Katrina Bamba
Vice President, OperationsKatrina Bamba is a second-year MHA candidate in the Sloan Program in Health Administration with an interest in the integration of healthcare and other thought fields such as technology, hospitality, and design. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University. Her experience includes working for the healthcare technology start-up, Twiage Med, and acting as a summer consultant at Catalyst, a Haskell Company doing data analysis in strategy, operations, and facility planning. Katrina looks forward to continue exploring how facility design impacts operations and patient experience within the healthcare setting. She is excited to work with the Institute to share innovative ideas with students, faculty, and industry leaders through the club.

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Rachel Kelly
Vice President, MarketingRachel Kelly is currently a second-year graduate student working towards a Master’s Degree from the Sloan Program in Health Administration and a Minor from the Baker Program in Real Estate. Driven towards the intersection of health & wellness, hospitality, and design, Rachel views senior living as the ultimate fusion of these person-centric industries. She is passionate about service excellence and about how both physical space and programming can empower and enrich the resident, family, and staff experience. This past summer, Rachel worked at Belmont Village Senior Living in Albany, California, as the Operations Intern. Prior to graduate school, Rachel earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, Health & Society, as well as a Minor in Health Policy Analysis and Management. As VP of Marketing, Rachel is excited to increase the organization’s profile at Cornell and in the health and wellness industry.

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Kelvin Polanco
Vice President, FinanceKelvin Polanco is a second-year student in the Sloan Program looking to reimagine how medical professionals deliver care in the ever-evolving field of healthcare as we know it. Kelvin earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Society with a minor in Business at Cornell University. Post-graduation, he returned back home to New York City to work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a Physician Office Assistant where he learned how to manage an academically oriented surgical oncology practice with facilities in New York and New Jersey. Kelvin hopes to increase his capacity to practice financial stewardship and enable health systems translate cost-savings into opportunities for more altruistic and affordable care for all. In his spare time, Kelvin enjoys playing basketball, hiking, spending time with family, and of course…New York City pizza!

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Darryl Ware
Vice President, Corporate AffairsDarryl Ware is a 2nd-Year student in the Cornell University Master’s of Public Health Program. He received his B.S. in Management with a Minor in History at Louisiana Tech University. Darryl’s interest in Healthcare, Innovation, and People has led to his diversified experiences with organizations such as Northwestern Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Susan G. Komen. He wants to help lead the future of Healthcare Delivery.

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Nayanica Banerjee
Vice President, Community Service“Make a difference” and “Grow each day”- These are two ideals Nayanica lives by and as a young administrative professional, she believes CUHFG has allowed her to do just that. She is and international student from India and currently a second year MHA candidate at the Sloan Program in Health Administration. She has and continues to serve as as the VP of Community Services for the graduate chapter of CIHF for the past two years. Her time with the club has reinforced her belief in what CIHF stands for. The intersection of Health, Hospitality and Design is not only an interesting crossroad but also one that is becoming increasingly important and relevant to the industry. Nayanica intends on continuing to promote the organizations vision and mission by supporting all it’s endeavors. She looks forward to learning and growing with CIHF over the next year and beyond.
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