Health Communication

Briana Nelson

Total Transformation: Focus, Execution, and What We Want to Do with Our Lives

Briana Nelson

In eighth grade, Briana Nelson decided to improve her fitness. With personal initiative and family support, a lifetime passion for nutrition was born. “It was a total transformation,” Nelson says, and her ability to focus and move herself forward toward big goals is helping her achieve great things as a student-athlete and as an ambassador for health equity. Read more

Caroline Mandel and her students

Alum and Dietitian Team Aiding Wolverines While Separated from Athletic Teams

Caroline Mandel, MS ’96

Public health alum Caroline Mandel is director of performance nutrition for the University of Michigan athletic department. Since March 12, when all collegiate competition and practice ceased, she and her staff face a new challenge—keeping student-athletes healthy and well at home during a pandemic. Read more

José Gutiérrez

Their Lives in Our Hands: The Privilege and Power of Patient-Centered Care

José Gutiérrez

Regardless of the role you play in health care, patients should be at the center of how we design our systems of care, says master’s student José Gutiérrez. To that end, Gutiérrez is committed to implementing administrative and physical structures in health care that are patient-centric. Read more

Betsy Foxman

Thinking Slow, Living Resilient, and Making a Difference

Betsy Foxman

Professional science requires a host of nuanced problem-solving skills, which for prominent epidemiologist Betsy Foxman includes learning how to “think slow” and how tolerate failure—even when the world around us demands quick answers and indisputable facts. Read more