Spring 2021, Student Voices

Anthony Dang, MPH '21, Nutritional Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Socially Engaged Design for Healthier Populations

Socially engaged design might go by other names. But by any name, it is central to how we structure many of the public health interventions and programs that help people get and stay healthy. Master’s student Anthony Dang sees tremendous potential for role socially engaged design to help unlock new solutions to public health problems. Read more

Adriane Kline, MPH '21, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

A Global Journey for Sustainable Public Health

Over years and many miles of travel, master’s student Adriane Kline has honed her ability to integrate intercultural learning, thoughtful communication, team science, and a passion for the health of communities into long-term, sustainable, population health solutions. Read more

A police car pulls up outside a home, the tenant stands in the open front door

Systemic Racism, Policing, and Public Health Advocacy

It can take a long time to develop new policy, and some advocacy roads lead to dead ends. But good advocacy work always makes a difference. As racism, policing, and police reform were becoming the national public health story of the summer, student leaders led a remote advocacy initiative to continue bringing public health insights to the discourse. Read more

Geila Rajaee, PhD Student in Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health

How Hospital Chaplains Are Helping People Deal with the Pandemic

The majority of Americans say they are aware of chaplains and desire their services, yet few report previous experience with them in health care. Geila Rajaee, a doctoral candidate at the U-M School of Public Health, discusses how chaplaincy is perceived in the US, and how that might be changing during the pandemic. Read more

Aerial view of Michigan Stadium

Learning Public Health Practice in a Virtual World

A hypothetical college football game—a familiar scenario for Michigan students—provided the backdrop to a remote preparedness exercise for public health students and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Familiarity with the Big House and surrounding terrain helped the students focus on how to keep everyone healthy. Read more