"I will be a 2017 fellow for the ASPPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship program. This program is a training opportunity provided to graduates of accredited programs and schools for both Masters and Doctoral degrees created by a collaboration between the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During this fellowship I will be working in their injury prevention research division based at NHTSA federal offices in Washington D.C. and will gain experience working at a federal level on projects that affect the public health of the Nation. This fellowship will provide a great opportunity for me to apply the skills I learned from the KU-MPH program to advance in the field of injury prevention.
My experience at the KU-MPH program provided the resources and mentorship I needed to develop a strong understanding of the field of public health and research. The program provided me with basic knowledge of epidemiology, data management and environmental health. My concentration in Social and Behavioral Health provided an opportunity to acquire more in depth knowledge of cultural competency, public health program evaluation, and social determinants of health which is essential to my interests in health disparities and injury prevention. During the program I was able to participate in research with faculty members as well as complete my internship at Wyandotte County Health Department. Both opportunities allowed me to develop skills in research and application of health programs in community settings that will be essential to my work at the fellowship. Through the program, I was able to create lasting relationships with classmates, faculty and community organizations that will be essential to my public health career. My recommendations for future students are to get involved and participate in every aspect of the program whether inside or outside of the classroom with KUMC faculty and students in the program. The relationships you form within the program will help you continue to learn and build networks and skills."