Isa Granados, AcademyHealth’s Spring 2024 Health Policy Fellow, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Isa's academic journey began at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a double major in Psychology and Global Studies and a minor in History. Isa's commitment to improving health outcomes among children and adults with obesity and chronic diseases is evident throughout her career. Her career commenced as a Health Education Specialist at FirstHealth of the Carolinas, where she implemented evidence-based programs addressing childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, chronic diseases, and smoking cessation. As the sole bilingual health educator, Isa played a pivotal role in expanding health program accessibility to Spanish-speaking communities. Currently in her third year of the Ph.D. program, Isa's research, funded by the NICHD Diversity Supplement, focuses on creating an evidence base for the effective sustainability of a pediatric obesity intervention to reduce health disparities. Her expertise extends to various research projects and collaborations, including roles as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Durham VA Center of Innovation, Duke University, and the Duke Center for Child Obesity Research. As a Public Policy Fellow at AcademyHealth, Isa collaborates with the Director of Advocacy, advancing the organization's mission through advocacy, public policy, education, and policy communication. Her responsibilities include drafting and editing research memos, tracking legislation, and effectively communicating with federal policymakers. Isa is actively engaged in community service and professional development. She is a member of the Partnership for a Healthy Durham in the Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Food Access Committee, and she previously led the Durham NCCARE360 Advisory Council. Isa also contributes to diversity and inclusion efforts as a member of the DEI Committee in Duke's Population Health Sciences Department, serving on the Faculty and Staff Diversity Committee. Additionally, she is a dedicated member of Latinx Advocacy Teams and Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19 (LATIN-19).

Authored by Isa Granados, M.S.