Public health is promoting and protecting the health of populations around the world.
I was inspired to apply for an ASPPH fellowship after graduation, I wanted to further develop my research and leadership skills so that I could be a more effective public health professional. I thought an ASPPH fellowship would be the perfect opportunity to do so because I would receive mentorship and training from some of the top public health leaders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has always been a professional goal of mine to do work at CDC, so I am extremely grateful for this experience.
I have had the opportunity to work on a number of major projects during my ASPPH fellowship. One major activity I am involved in is that I contribute to the annual CDC Vital Signs on teen pregnancy, which includes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. In 2015, I co-authored the MMWR article and in 2014, I led the revision of the fact sheet.
The opportunity to work with and learn from my mentors and other colleagues in the Division of Reproductive Health at CDC has been a very rewarding experience. In addition, some of my projects, such as the different Vital Signs on teen pregnancy, received media coverage and provided information on important public health topics.
As a student, actively seek out different opportunities to develop your skills outside of the classroom.
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