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ASPPH Welcomes New ASPPH/EPA Fellow

ASPPH is pleased to welcome a new participant to our ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program.  The new ASPPH Fellow, Dr. Dana Williamson (Emory University Rollins School of Public Health) began her assignment this week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During the next one to two years, Dr. Williamson will train under the guidance of mentors within EPA’s Office of Science Advisor, Policy & Engagement, Office of Research and Development.

The ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program offers outstanding opportunities for recent graduates of ASPPH member, Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools and programs of public health by enabling them to train at EPA on high-priority environmental, public health issues.  ASPPH/EPA Fellows work closely with nationally recognized experts within the premier environmental health agency in the world. EPA leads the nation’s environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts, while working to protect our health and our environment.

“I have chosen to participate in the ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program to become a more well-rounded scientist in the practical application of my skills,” Dr. Williamson states. “As a behavioral scientist, I have a unique skillset that allows me to design and evaluate programs, assess capacity-building efforts, apply an equity lens to community-engaged work, and identify social/behavioral factors that influence health outcomes. However, I recognize that in order to become an expert in the diverse field of environmental justice, I must integrate knowledge and methods across different disciplines and acquire training that can further enhance my interdisciplinary thinking. Thus, participation in the ASPPH fellowship program can provide me with training and tools that can expand my thinking, reshape my sphere of influence, and enhance my ability to translate/reframe public health complexities to influence policy decisions.”

ASPPH welcomes Dr. Williamson to the fellowship program and is thankful to our partners at EPA for their continued support of the program.

For questions related to the ASPPH/EPA Environmental Health Fellowship Program, please email ASPPH Graduate Training Programs at TrainingPrograms@ASPPH.org.