Ms. Aja Griffin and Ms. Connie Lo, recent graduates of Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), are among 16 new ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellows spending the next year on intensive assignments at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Through July 2017, Ms. Lo is working with both the Office of the Associate Director for Policy at the CDC and the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS), developing curricula for a joint project called the 6|18 Initiative. With a goal of controlling healthcare costs, the 6|18 initiative targets 6 common and costly health conditions — tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes — with 18 proven interventions. Prior to the fellowship, Ms. Lo worked in the health access unit of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, the nation’s largest legal services and civil rights organization focused on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander population.
At the National Center for Infectious and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Ms. Griffin is assessing vaccination coverage in the US Pacific Islands. She will also develop a project proposal identifying a need in the islands, and a plan to evaluate that intervention.
The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) offers the ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowships to students and graduate students of ASPPH member graduate schools and programs. The program was established to strengthen the relationship between the academic public health community and public health practice agencies.
Read more about the fellowships: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2016/08/09/alumnae-begin-cdc-fellowships/