AcademyHealth seeks to bring new, diverse voices into the public conversation about the ways innovation in science can drive new approaches and address the systemic and structural barriers in health and health services research. Today, in support of this effort, we are pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of the Public Voices Fellowship at AcademyHealth, in partnership with The OpEd Project, whose goal is to dramatically increase the public impact of the nation's top underrepresented thinkers (including women) and to ensure their ideas help shape the important conversations of our age.
The Public Voices Fellowship is a national initiative to change who writes history and create a more just world. Fellows will receive training and coaching by professional journalists and editors through The OpEd Project, then use those skills to write and place their ideas in mainstream media outlets.
This first cohort of Public Voices Fellows includes leaders working at the intersection of public health, research, communication, and social justice. Each one has demonstrated a desire and ability to imagine and advocate for more inclusive and representative approaches to formulating research questions, creating incentive structures, engaging partners, training researchers, working with data, and disseminating findings.
AcademyHealth’s work with the Public Voices Fellowship, in partnership with The OpEd Project, is part of a family of projects designed to move health services research and health policy toward higher impact, more equitable research.
The fellowship curriculum explores authority, equity, innovation, and action in an unfair world. Fellows will explore how credibility works, how ideas spread, when and why minds change, and how ideas play out over time and space.
Please join us in congratulating the 2022-2023 Public Voices Fellows:
Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Ph.D., M.P.H., Principal and Adjunct Professor, TERSHA LLC and Texas Woman's University (she/her)
Jameta Nicole Barlow, Ph.D., M.P.H., RYT® 200, Assistant Professor, Writing, Health Policy & Management and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, The George Washington University (she/her)
Leia Belt, Ph.D. Candidate, College of the Arts and Sciences, The University of Iowa (she/her)
Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., M.P.A., Assistant Professor and Director of B.S. in Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University (she/her)
Joshua Budhu, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., Assistant Member, Assistant Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (he/him)
Theekshana Fernando, MBBS, M.P.H., CHES®, Research Associate, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, Center for Health Workforce Studies (he/him)
Cyrena Gawuga, Ph.D., LCSW, Director of Research, Preparedness and Treatment Equity Coalition (she/her)
Katrina Gipson, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine (she/her)
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, M.B.A., PMP, Product Manager, Health Equity Tracker at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine (he/him)
Kelly Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy & Surgery, School of Medicine, Washington University (she/her)
Tyler Harvey, M.P.H., Center Administrator, SEICHE Center for Health & Justice, Yale School of Medicine (he/they)
Jill Inderstrodt, Ph.D., M.P.H., Medical Informatics Fellow, Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center (she/her)
Jackie Leung, J.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Executive Director, Linfield University, Micronesian Islander Community (she/they)
Sarah McCarthy, Ph.D., M.P.H., Consultant in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic; Director of the Pediatric Psychology Consultation Liaison service at the Mayo Clinic’s Eugenio Litta Children’s Hospital (she/her)
Rho (Henry) Olaisen, M.P.H., CPH, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Health Integration, Case Western Reserve University (he/they)
Rieham Owda, M.D., Fellow Physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan (she/her)
Khary Rigg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, University of South Florida (he/him)
Tatiane Santos, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; Adjunct Senior Fellow at UPenn Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Colorado School of Public Health COVID-19 Modeling Team, (she/her)
Guleer Shahab, M.P.H., PhD Student, Virginia Commonwealth University (she/they)
Sarah Walker, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Director CoLab for Community and Behavioral Health Policy, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington (she/her)