Doctoral Student in Health Services Research Brown University School of Public Health Ms. Fashaw received her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and completed her master’s degree in Health Policy & Management at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill). Currently, she is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Services Policy & Practice at Brown University. While at UCF, Ms. Fashaw participated in several student organizations. She was a member and leader in the President’s Leadership Council and served as a student advisor to the University President. Additionally, she participated in the Student Government Association, was a member of the Golden Rule Student Conduct Advisory Committee, was the student representative at the faculty and staff senate, and was often invited to be the student voice on several large university committees such as the Capital Improvement Trust Fund Committee. Ms. Fashaw also completed an external internship as a legislative scholar in the Florida Senate working for the Rules Chairman. Her experience as a legislative scholar provided her with essential insight into policy development. Ms. Fashaw was awarded the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s most prestigious award, for her student involvement and scholarship. Ms. Fashaw has been actively involved with AcademyHealth since her master’s program. At UNCChapel Hill, she was a member of the Academy Health student chapter. She helped to plan two symposiums: 1) one symposium focused on women in healthcare leadership and 2) a second symposium focused on healthcare and aging. Ms. Fashaw also served as the student representative on the AcademyHealth Long-term Services and Support Interest Group Advisory Committee for two years. Ms. Fashaw’s research focuses on racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities experienced by older and disabled adults who require long-term services and supports. She is most interested in studying these inequities through the lens of social determinants of health. She serves the Brown University community as the Education Chair of the Black Graduate Student Association, member of the Graduate School’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, and founder of the UNC Minority Health Conference Livestream and Discussion at our school of public health.

Authored by Shekinah Fashaw, MSPH