Three students at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health were named 2019 Winston Policy Scholars.
Ms. Allie Atkeson, Ms. Adrienne Lloyd and Ms. Laura Ellen Powis were among the 19 recipients of the David A. Winston Health Policy Scholarship. Ms. Atkeson and Ms. Powis are both master’s students in the maternal and child health department, and Ms. Lloyd is a master’s student in the health behavior department. As Winston Policy Scholars, they have been recognized for their excellence and achievement as students with an award that includes $10,000 and the opportunity to attend a two-day paid health policy symposium in Washington, DC.
“I am honored to have been chosen for the Winston Health Policy Scholarship,” said Ms. Powis. “Looking forward, I aim to use what I learn to advance policy-driven health systems change that will improve the lives of women and children.”
Ms. Atkeson’s interest in health policy began while working on implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Virginia: “I met too many Virginians without access to health insurance and, together, we advocated to expand the state Medicaid program.”
Currently, Ms. Atkeson and Ms. Powis both are participating in the Title V Internship Program, working with states on maternal and child health issues.
Ms. Lloyd also looks forward to increasing her policy expertise with the help of the scholarship. This summer, she will work with the policy team at the Chatham County Public Health Department to apply a “Health-in-All Policies” approach to substance use disorder treatment.
“I am resolute in my belief that public policy, when community-led and integrated across systems and disciplines, is the ultimate upstream tool to address root sources of health disparities,” said Ms. Lloyd.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 12