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CPH Student Selected for Southeastern Health Equity Council Internship

Ms. Amirah Abullah, DrPH Candidate at the University Of Kentucky College Of Public Health, has been selected for the Southeastern Healthy Equity Council (SHEC) summer internship.

The Southeastern Health Equity Council (SHEC) is one of ten regional health equity councils in the U.S. formed in 2011 as part of the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities (NPA), which is the first national multi-sector community- and partnership-driven effort on behalf of health equity, spearheaded by the federal Office of Minority Health (OMH).

SHEC brings together leaders from diverse backgrounds including healthcare providers, healthcare-focused organizations, academia, public health agencies, economic development, faith-based organizations, grassroots organizations, other non-profit organizations and businesses to reinforce the need for multi-sector linkages as a key strategy for ending health disparities in America.

“I look forward to gaining a better understanding of health in Kentucky and want to contribute my efforts to advocating for institutional and state-level policy changes in Kentucky to reduce health disparities, “ Ms. Abullah commented. “My education has prepared me for this internship; through my coursework in the Public Health program at the University of Kentucky, as well as being a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar, I have developed a strong interest and experience in health disparity and health policy research.”

Ms. Abullah will be at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky located in Louisville, Kentucky. The mission of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to addresses the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. Mission objectives are advanced through two initiative areas: promoting responsive health policy and a new children’s initiative named “Investing in Kentucky’s Future.” Foundation work aims to improve access to health care, reduce risks and disparities, promote health equity and healthy lifestyles. Since 2001, more than $22 million has been invested in health policy research and demonstration grant projects across Kentucky.

“Ms. Abullah will look at how the Affordable Care Act has affected access to healthcare for communities of color and she will be developing a health equity report card that draws on existing data sources to graphically illustrate health disparities data on key indicators, with a focus on food access“, said Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “We are pleased to have someone with her skills and commitment working on important healthy equity issues in the Commonwealth this summer.”

Find out more about the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky here http://www.healthy-ky.org/.