Ms. Carmen Mitchell, a doctoral student in the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Department of Health Management & Systems Sciences, was selected as the winner of the AcademyHealth Disparities Interest Group’s first student op-ed contest. These editorial submissions were on any health disparities topic with a focus on specific causes or consequences of disparities and/or solutions with the most potential to reduce disparities.
As the winner, Ms. Mitchell received free registration for the AcademyHealth 2019 Annual Research Meeting, a certificate of recognition, and her op-ed was published on the Health Affairs Blog and shared with interest group meeting attendees.
Dr. Chris Johnson, chair, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, said, “Carmen is the epitome of a model PhD student and this is quite an honor within our health services research profession. We’re proud of her accomplishment and believe she is a great representation of the school and our department.”
Health disparities is a focus of Ms. Mitchell’s and something she feels very passionate about. She explained that through her own experience with disparities, whether through research, the classroom, or just talking to people, she finds that sometimes the conversation can stay surface-level.
“If people don’t have a deeper understanding of the root causes of health that go beyond some of the high level factors (like income), and it can especially be tricky to talk about ways where our own societal systems are actually contributing to those problems (whether intentionally designed to or not). I think if we can have more of those discussions, it can help us move forward in research, policy and intervention designs.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 14