The 2013 scholarship recipients are:
This Ph.D. in Public Health student received full tuition:
Pamela "Pamme" Lyons-Taylor
Recipient: Pamela “Pamme” Lyons-Taylor
Hometown: Lutz, Fla.
Title: Vice president of advocacy and community-based programs at Comprehensive Health Management Inc., and the executive director of WellCare Community Foundation in Tampa, Fla.
Social Change Achievement: Pamela “Pamme” Lyons-Taylor created the HealthConnections model for WellCare Community Foundation in Tampa, Fla., to address the social barriers confronted by needy families by providing access to the healthcare they need. The program is a large-scale effort: Community health workers research programs and funding sources and bring back information to case managers who ultimately share the details with their clients. The goal of these programs is to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for members and their communities.
Social Change Goal: To revolutionize the government-sponsored healthcare system by connecting managed care and public health.
These Ph.D. in Public Health students each received $10,000:
Recipient: Crystal Glover
Hometown: Aiken, S.C.
Title: Spinal cord injury nurse educator at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.
Social Change Achievement: As the first registered nurse on the spinal cord injury team to become a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., Crystal Glover developed curriculum for other staff nurses to complete the same certification. As a result, 10 nurses have acquired their CRRN. She also routinely volunteers as an influenza vaccination facilitator for the local Paralyzed Veterans of America chapter, as a coach for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, and as an educator for the Department of Veterans Affairs Welcome Home initiative, among other opportunities.
Social Change Goal: To expand healthcare globally for the underserved.
Recipient: Ebony Jackson
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Md.
Title: Community health education specialist at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Social Change Achievement: Ebony Jackson planned, implemented, and maintains the Community Health Education Program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Through her work, she has provided more than 4,800 educational interventions in the emergency room since 2011, helping 4,660 families transition from the emergency room to receiving care from specialty clinics and referral programs.
Social Change Goal: To expand her outreach to teens to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections through a sexual health curriculum.
This Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) student received full tuition:
Recipient: Brian Atuhaire
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Title: Public health coordinator at World Vision in Kampala, Uganda
Social Change Achievement: Brian Atuhaire headed a Community-Led Total Sanitation project as a public health coordinator at World Vision to end the practice of open defecation and improve community health in Kampala, Uganda. By mobilizing leaders in each community, he led latrine-building projects, public education sessions, and, ultimately, friendly competition between villages that led to increased latrine coverage and reduced disease rates.
Social Change Goal: To gain more training to become an even greater resource to communities in Uganda.
These Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) students each received $10,000:
Recipient: Matthew Chandler
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.
Title: Special operations flight medic flight instructor for the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Social Change Achievement: Matthew Chandler served as the preventive medicine leader while deployed to New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina. After being relocated to Fort Campbell, he served as sole medical provider for five deployments to various locations, where he was responsible for the health and welfare of more than 100 service members on each deployment. During the missions, Chandler implemented guidelines for personal hygiene and maintained proper medical facilities that were essential to their success.
Social Change Goal: To continue to enforce the standards of preventive medicine through education.
Recipient: Saeeda Rafiq
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Title: Co-founder of Al Aleem Global Development Strategy
Social Change Achievement: Saeeda Rafiq developed a passion for public health while working in her native country of Pakistan where she participated in presentations for the World Health Organization. In the 1990s, Rafiq worked as lecturer in the Baqai Medical University and investigated the social aspects of HIV/AIDS and STDs comparatively between Pakistan and New York. She recently created the Al Aleem Global Development Strategy with her father to partner with non-governmental organizations to help female students stay in school in Pakistan.
Social Change Goal: To break the cycles of disease and destitution, particularly for girls, by offering educational opportunities in Pakistan.
This B.S. in Public Health student received full tuition:
Recipient: Carlos Garcia
Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
Title: Parent/community coordinator for the Translation and Interpretation Unit of the San Francisco Unified School District
Social Change Achievement: As a cancer patient in California, Carlos Garcia noticed a gap he could fill: translation services between doctors and Spanish-speaking patients. After he regained his health, Garcia became a translator and joined the California Healthcare Interpreting Association, the Northern California Translators Association, the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, and the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA). He spoke on behalf of the IMIA at the National Medical Interpreter Certification Forum in 2011, calling on all interpreters to seek certification as a way to ensure patient safety. He has since become a spokesperson at a number of conferences.
Social Change Goal: To become not just a mentor and trainer of interpreters but also a researcher who significantly changes policies.