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Public Health Alum Selected for National Program on Health Equity

September 28, 2018

For the second year in a row, a graduate of the Florida State University College of Social Science and Public Policy Master of Public Health program has been selected as part of the national Health Policy Research Scholars program.

As one of 40 selected from a field of applicants to the highly competitive program, Deanna Barath (B.S. ’10, M.P.H. ’14) will join a diverse group of scholars from across the country to collaboratively tackle persistent health challenges by creating innovative solutions through their research. Barath’s focus will be on improving health equity for vulnerable populations.

In 2016, MPH graduate Patrice Williams, currently a student in the college’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, was selected for the first cohort of the program. (See the article at this link.) Both Williams and Barath receive a $120,000 grant.

As with Williams, the program will allow Barath to develop high-level leadership skills through professional coaching, mentoring, networking and an advanced leadership curriculum. She will continue her current full-time studies as a Ph.D. student in Health Services Administration at the University of Maryland.

“I’m honored to be part of this program focused on creating a culture of health that will strengthen families and communities,” Barath said.
The Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) program is led by George Washington University with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). HPRS is one of a number of programs supported by RWJF to continue its legacy of development and diversity of leaders and building a culture of health across every sector, profession and discipline.

Additional partners providing training and coaching to scholars include: AcademyHealth, Mayo Clinic, University of California—Los Angeles, and University of Michigan.

The next application period for many of these programs will open in early 2018. Additional information is available at healthpolicyresearch-scholars.org.