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Columbia Doctoral Student Selected for National Leadership Program to Build Health Equity

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health’s Mr. Matthew Lee has been named a Health Policy Research Scholar by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Lee, a second year DrPH student in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, is one of 40 scholars selected from across the country to be part of the program’s second cohort and will work collaboratively to tackle persistent health challenges and create innovative solutions through research.

[Photo: Mr. Matthew Lee]

Mr Lee is mentored by sociomedical sciences assistant professor Dr. Rachel Shelton and focuses his research on enhancing implementation and sustainability in health policies and structural interventions. Previously, he worked as a Quality Improvement/Technical Assistance project officer at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and has also completed projects with the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, ICAP at the Mailman School, and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. He received his MPH in Sociomedical Sciences with a certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice from the Mailman School, and holds a BA in Anthropology and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mr. Lee will receive professional coaching, mentoring, networking, and an advanced leadership curriculum through the program while studying full-time at Mailman. Dr. Shelton will serve in an official capacity as Home Institution Mentor for the duration of the program. Later this month, they will both attend the Fall Institute event in Nashville, TN, where change leaders from all of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health programs will be present.

Health Policy Research Scholars is one of a number of leadership development programs supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These programs continue RWJF’s legacy of supporting the development and diversity of leaders.

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