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BU: Student Awarded Whitney Young, Jr. Fellowship

Ms. Jori Fortson, a second-year Master of Public Health student at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), has been awarded the Whitney Young, Jr. Fellowship by Boston University.

The Fellowship is awarded to entering or continuing graduate students who have shown a proficiency and commitment to a future career in social justice, race relations, and urban problems — topics that defined the life work of Whitney Young, Jr.
The one-year fellowship provides recipients with full-time tuition and a living stipend.

Ms. Fortson, who is earning certificates in community assessment, program design, implementation, and evaluation (CAPDIE) and maternal and child health, says the fellowship has alleviated some of the financial burden of graduate school.

“It has been an incredible opportunity,” says Ms. Fortson. “The fellowship has granted me flexibility within my classes, so I am able to dive deeper into my fields of interest, while also volunteering and conducting research outside of the classroom.”

Over the summer, Ms. Fortson completed her practicum through the Dr. James A. Ferguson RISE Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, where she conducted a descriptive analysis of women who have been exposed to intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion, and their attitudes toward the use of long-acting reversible forms of contraception. Ms. Fortson presented her preliminary findings to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July and is working on compiling a poster and a manuscript.

Ms. Fortson also volunteers with the Teen and Tot Program at Boston Medical Center, a specialized program that provides an integrated model of care for adolescent pregnancy and parenting.

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