Alumni Lunch & Learn: Health Equity, 4/12

Alumni Lunch & Learn: Health Equity, 4/12

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A panel of Rollins alumni of color will discuss their career path and work experiences in the field of public health. This conversation will center on navigating the professional environment as a person of color. Topics will include finding the right workplace culture and navigating difficult conversations. After registering you will receive a welcome email with the Zoom link, pass code and link to a survey. Please make sure you complete the survey.


Event Information 

  • Date/Time: April 12th, 12:00-1:00PM EST
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Alumni Panel Bios

Archna Patel is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Master of Public Health degree (under BSHE now BSHES) from Emory University’10. For several years, Ms. Patel contracted with CDC working on various research projects. In 2019, Ms. Patel rejoined Emory University to continue working with the MEW (Managing Epilepsy Well) Network. She works with Dr. Cam Escoffery to deliver the HOBSCOTCH program, a problem-solving, memory program for people with epilepsy.

Mujaahida Shakur received her MPH from Emory University in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Mujaahida is a Health Specialist at the National Institute on Aging through the Presidential Management Fellowship program. She manages projects that support NIA’s National Strategy for the Recruitment and Participation in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Clinical Research, including building community support to increase enrollment of minority and underserved participants.

Vanessa Da Costa is Certified in Public Health (CPH). She holds an MPH in Global Epidemiology from the Emory University’18. She currently works as a Data Analysis Advisor at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Vanessa is also the Founder and CEO of Chilombo Global Career Services LLC, focused on bridging the gap between accessing and landing public health opportunities, especially for Black students and early-mid career professionals, due to the additional barriers they face.

Dr. Raphael Coleman is a nationally-award-winning public health practitioner-scholar who leads the Alice! Health Promotion Unit of Columbia Health at Columbia University. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at Tulane University and City University of New York. He is co-owner of Pracademics LLC, which works with organizations and individuals to cultivate systems-level change by identifying areas of change, and developing and implementing anti-oppressive strategies within organizational cultures and structures.

Mercilla Ryan-Harris received her MPH in Health Policy and Management at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. As an Atlanta native with a passion for improving the overall health of the black community through prevention and improving the health care delivery system, Mercilla co-founded BLKHLTH. BLKHLTH’s goal is to critically engage and challenge racism and its impact on Black health. This is done through workshops and trainings, practice-based consulting, community health events, and digital media.


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