Two University of Maryland School of Public Health students, Ms. Jianna Howard and Ms. Mikayla Walker, were selected as 2019-2020 Philanthropy Fellows by the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers (WRAG) and the University of Maryland’s Do Good Institute. The program aims to connect students interested in philanthropy or nonprofits with internship opportunities at member organizations in the Greater Washington Region.
Ms. Howard and Ms. Walker are both master of public health students in the health equity track. Ms. Howard is passionate about understanding health disparities and using history and policy to address them. For her fellowship, she is interning with Kaiser Permanente.
Ms. Howard is also a graduate assistant in the School of Public Health and a graduate research project lead in the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice in Health lab, led by Dr. Sacoby Wilson and a member of the Black Graduate Student Union. She earned her BS in Health Science and Kinesiology from the College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Ms. Walker is passionate about achieving health equity, which has led to many experiences that fostered a deeper connection in international health. She is pursuing a graduate certificate in global health, in addition to her MPH.
Ms. Walker is also interning as a philanthropy fellow with Grantmakers in Health. The organization is focused on advising and educating foundations to improve the health of all people. She is conducting research, planning large-scale events and spreading awareness on health-related issues. She graduated from The George Washington University with a BS in Public Health and a double minor in Biology and Criminal Justice.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 18