WHAT IS HERA?

Health Recording Application

HERA is an innovative mobile health platform that helps Syrian refugees navigate the Turkish medical system. 

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HERA’S ORIGIN

 HERA was initially created as an open-source mobile health (mhealth) platform for refugee women and children in Turkey. HERA’s aim was to increase access to preventative health services, thereby decreasing poor outcomes related to vaccine-preventable diseases and maternal health.

PROJECT TEAM

Aral SÜRMELİ

CEO & Founder

Aral graduated from the Acıbadem University School of Medicine as...

Neeru Narla, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Neeru earned her MD from Mayo Clinic, and completed her...

Yigitcan Acar

Project Officer

[Bio Pending]

Kristyn Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Kristyn is an associate vice president and the chief of...

Caitlyn Hoeflin

Project Manager Intern

Caitlyn Hoeflin volunteers as a project manager for HERA. She...

Aral SÜRMELİ

Position: CEO & Founder
Email: a.surmeli@medak.org.tr

Aral graduated from the Acıbadem University School of Medicine as an MD and from Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health as an MPH. He is the cofounder and president of Medical Rescue Association of Turkey (MEDAK) since 2013. He primarily works on medical rescue, disaster response and healthcare of migratory populations.

Neeru Narla, MD, MPH

Position: Chief Medical Officer
Email: n.narla@medak.org.tr

Neeru earned her MD from Mayo Clinic, and completed her pediatrics residency and MPH at Harvard, where she is currently faculty. She has collaborated extensively with international partners in Africa and Asia on maternal, infant, and adolescent health, to deliver context-specific interventions with locally driven solutions, and supplemented her medical training with a fellowship in global health delivery. Her work focuses on promoting health equity and innovative preventive services primarily for children and families in resource-denied settings.

Yigitcan Acar

Position: Project Officer
Email: m.aydin@medak.org.tr

[Bio Pending]

Kristyn Anderson

Position: Chief Operating Officer
Email: k.anderson@medak.org.tr

Kristyn is an associate vice president and the chief of staff of Rasky Partners. In this capacity, she supports both the Boston and DC offices by coordinating the execution of strategic initiatives for the firm and day-to-day activities.

Kristyn holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management with a concentration in Finance from Boston University. She is the chairwoman of the Young Professionals Board of First Literacy, a non-profit benefiting adult and immigration literacy programs throughout Massachusetts.

Caitlyn Hoeflin

Position: Project Manager Intern
Email: c.hoeflin@medak.org.tr

Caitlyn Hoeflin volunteers as a project manager for HERA. She cares deeply about immigrant and refugee rights. Caitlyn graduated from Reed College, Portland Oregon in 2015.