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Every day we feature new articles about the state of the health of the population. We invite policymakers, journalists, academics, and practitioners to share their work in ways that can influence health on a local, national, and global scale. Our editors, working with graduate student Public Health Post Fellows, present health statistics, research summaries, interviews with important health thinkers, and easy-to-understand data graphics to start new conversations about health. We join and drive the national dialogue on public health.
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Eligibility: Fellows are Boston University MPH students with an interest in health communication.
Timeline: The 2023 fellowship will run from February 2023 through January 2024, and applications will be available in Fall 2022.
Typically four students are chosen for the PHP fellowship. Fellows receive a $12,000 stipend for the year (approximately 15 hours weekly).
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Barbara Espinosa is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health, focusing on environmental health and global health. She is passionate about nutrition and access to clean water and sanitation. She believes in making information accessible to the public and easy to understand. In her free time, she loves to read, play soccer, hike and bake.
Bethany Hallenborg is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health focusing on infectious disease and global health. Her interests include healthcare and resource accessibility, health inequities specifically pertaining to people who are unhoused, infectious disease, and LGBTQ rights. Bethany works with non-profits in New Orleans specifically related to homelessness and resource access and in Pondicherry, India on healthcare and education. In her free time, you can find Bethany practicing trapeze and other aerial arts or bouldering.
Connor McCombs is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health focusing on health law and policy. He is interested in pharmaceutical access and health communication to improve inequities. Connor plans to use his passion for language and narrative to improve health literacy. If not reading a good book, he’s most likely searching for new baking recipes.
Abby Outterson is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health focusing on community health programs and policy. She came to public health by way of biological anthropology and medical research and loves to explore the social constructions that impact public health research and interventions. Abby is a volunteer board member of Few for Change, a small non-profit organization that provides educational scholarships to indigenous students in Panama. In her free time, she likes to cook new recipes for her family, listen to audiobooks, watch ballet videos, or document any of the above on Tiktok.
Hannah Tremont is an MPH candidate at the Boston University School of Public Health studying epidemiology and biostatistics with a concentration in mental health and substance use. She is interested in examining how mental health conditions affect the physical body and influence substance use disorders. Her passion lies in investigating how resilience develops out of trauma and hopes to contribute to new and existing therapies for managing trauma and PTSD. If not lost in a Netflix binge, you can find Hannah exploring the East Coast or playing in the kitchen.
Teresa Wood Kett
Teresa Wood Kett, MPH, joined Public Health Post after 15 years managing programs in a local public health department. Her work varied widely but included community vaccination, school health, emergency preparedness, tobacco prevention, mental health, communication, and COVID-19 pandemic response. She’s a Boston University School of Public Health alum who worked as a daily newspaper reporter prior to finding her way to public health.
Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health. She was a co-principal investigator for the multi-study Ghana Operations Research for Key Populations project. The nine qualitative studies focused on the HIV prevention and other needs of young female sex workers and their intimate partners, prisoners, men who have sex with men, post-secondary female students, women who work in bars, people who inject drugs, and people living with HIV at risk of dropping out of antiretroviral therapy.
Michael Stein is the chair of the Department of Health Law, Policy & Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, executive editor of Public Health Post, and co-author of PAINED: Uncomfortable Conversations about the Public’s Health with Sandro Galea and BROKE: Patients Talk about Money with Their Doctor. He is a physician and health services researcher who is an international authority on the intersection of primary care, mental health, and substance use disorders.