About HUMS


HUMS (Health Under the Miami Sun) is designed to be a simple source for health and wellness information.  With technology influencing our daily lives, it surely plays a huge role in our access to healthcare information.  This site was designed for every day use.  We hope that our site will bring valuable health information and local events into your home, classroom, work space, or any location you can access it.

Reaching out to the community through NeighborhoodHELP™…
Our site is maintained by medical students at Florida International University College of Medicine in Miami, Florida as a project designed to promote health and wellness under the Miami sun.  At Florida International University College of Medicine, we place an emphasis on our students helping to address health concerns that affect the South Florida community.Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ is the centerpiece of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society.  The program brings to life our mission and educational objectives.  GFF NHELP™ is a Health Education Learning Program that assigns interprofessional teams of FIU students to willing households with the goal of working together with them to improve their health and quality of life.  This site was designed as a supplement to the work a group of students at FIU College of Medicine are accomplishing to assist the community in an endeavor to better health.

 Our Team

Trisha Kissoon


Trisha Kissoon, Editor-in-Chief
Hi from HUMS! Trisha Kissoon is a member of the FIU College of Medicine Class of 2014. She loves serving the vibrant South Florida community. She is a proud former ‘Cane but decided to attend FIU for its emphasis on the community. She is interested in children and women’s health, community and global health issues, and non-profit healthcare. When she’s not off saving the world, she enjoy the beach, water sports, cooking, yoga, dancing, and exploring new exhibits and restaurants in Miami.


Vinh Hums


Vinh Tonthat, Fitness Editor
Hello from HUMS! My name is Vinh and I am part of the FIU College of Medicine Class of 2014.  I am originally from California but I chose to attend school here in Miami because of the warm weather, fun people, and diverse patient population.  I am interested in doing my residency in the combined field of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.  I have always been fascinated with how the body works and how to use all the proper tools of medicine to aid patients.  I would also be the ultimate doctor if a zombie apocalypse ever occurred!


Faisal Rahim, Editor of Health and Nutrition
Faisal Rahim is a part of the Class of 2015 at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Originally from Long Island, NY, Faisal completed his Bachelors at Johns Hopkins and Masters at Georgetown before coming down to Miami for medical school. His current professional interests include Pediatrics, Pathology, and Urology.

Katherine Raczek, Community Editor
Katherine Raczek is a part of the Class of 2015 at the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.  She is a military brat but spent most of her life in southern California where she graduated from USC.  Her professional interests include Emergency Medicine and Global Health.  She enjoys traveling, reading, yoga and dance, exploring farmers’ markets, and hanging out at the beach or pool.



Franklin Danger, Fitness Blogger
Promising medical student by day, caped crusader by night – ever vigilant to the exercise needs of the south Floridian.  Born in Miami, Florida and raised by Cuban parents, Franklin attended college at FIU and is now a medical school student at FIU HWCOM.  While attending FIU, he was involved in a variety of sports and fitness programs and covered the Miami Dolphins as a syndicated writer for Bleacher Report and the LA Times.  Now as a medical school student, he is your everyday Miamian and he has a goal in mind – to get South Floridians fit.




Jason Liounakos, Fitness Blogger
Jason Liounakos is part of the Class of 2015 at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Originally from Tampa, FL he received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University before joining the South Florida community. Exercise and wellness have always been important parts of Jason’s life and he is excited to now provide fitness education to the community. Jason plans on pursuing a career in surgery.


Paul Marjiphoto



Paul Marji, Fitness Blogger
Paul is member of the FIU Herbert Wertheim class of 2015. Originally from Canada, he moved to Florida to pursue Bachelors degrees in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Florida. He is an avid runner, enjoys rock climbing, tennis and the arts. Educating the community on healthy dieting and physical well being is a strong interest of Paul’s, and he plans on pursing a career in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.




Annie Rouza, Feature of the Month Blogger
Annie Rouza is currently a medical stuent at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Class of 2016. She enjoys reading, writing, and comedy. She hopes to become an OBGYN.




Kate Lawrence, Wellness Blogger
Kate Lawrence is a blogger for Health and Wellness. She has written for T Magazine and Squirm, and currently contributes to the FIU news journal the Panther’s Pulse. She recently left New York for the warmth and sun (and medical school) of Miami.



Robin Joseph, Webmaster
Robin Joseph is currently a medical student at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Her professional interests include neurology and psychiatry. She enjoys reading, biking, and listening to music.


Christian Nagel, Your Health Blogger
Christian Nagel is a part of the Class of 2015 at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.  He is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is currently interested in emergency medicine and pediatric oncology.

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