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Sidonie Kilpatrick, MPH ’20, did not follow a family member’s path into the healthcare profession. She did not receive inspiration from a popular television series that showed healthcare workers in heroic roles, nor did her high school classes in related subjects provide the illumination that would send her on to study and work on critical matters of public health. Instead, she lived it.
Mysheika Roberts, MPH ’94
When basketball superstar and Michigan native Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers announced in 1991 that he was HIV positive, not only did the news shock the world but it had a profound effect on the career path of Dr. Mysheika Roberts. Today, Roberts, an alumna of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, is the Columbus Public Health commissioner.
Phil Hartley, MS ’22, was diagnosed with an idiopathic disease at a young age, so the importance of quality health care has always been a big part of his life. His condition—an idiopathic disease is a disease of uncertain or unknown origin—and the challenges he anticipated facing motivated him from an early age to think deeply about how to live a full life and make a positive impact on others.
While interning at the Washtenaw County Health Department, Sasha Tretyakova conducted survey research to determine who in the county is most prepared for an emergency. Tretyakova, who was awarded School of Public Health Student Leader of the Year for 2022, is interested in how these results are used.