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

Joseph 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. Joseph is now serving as the president of the graduate student/professional club Cornell University Healthy Futures: Graduate Chapter(CUHFG). Joseph’s career interests are patient experience, compassionate care, innovation and healthcare delivery.

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Jonathan Abbott
Vice President, Operations

Jonathan Abbott is a student in the Sloan Program in Health Administration. He received his B.S.
in Allied Health Sciences from the University of Connecticut with minors in Healthcare Management & Insurance Studies and Management Information Systems. Jon worked for several years in the healthcare field as a Patient Care Associate at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he redesigned the layout of infection control signs to decrease the rate of nosocomial infections. He also worked at Magellan Health on their data analytics team demonstrating ROI for their digital health products. Jon is currently serving as the Vice President of Operations for the Cornell University Healthy Futures: Graduate Chapter Club.

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Rachel Kelly
Vice President, Marketing

Rachel Kelly is currently a first-year MHA student at the Sloan Program of Health Administration. 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. She is passionate about improving health through a multidisciplinary approach, including health administration, health policy, and the evidence-based design of health facilities, with the human body’s biological needs and physiological responses in mind. Rachel is excited to increase the organization’s profile at Cornell and in the health and wellness industry.

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Nipei Lim
Vice President, Finance

Nipei Lim is a MHA student in the Sloan Program in Health Administration. He grew up in Singapore and received his B.S. in Management from Purdue University. He has two years of financial management experience and his interests lie in healthcare finance, health economics, and the improvement of patient care quality. During his free time, Nipei enjoys cooking and is an avid badminton player.

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