Since 2020, the UGA College of Public Health has partnered with the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to pair students with cities to address health disparities and advance health equity. Students and partner cities will work together to address long-standing issues and promote wellbeing through a social determinants of health approach.

Six Health Equity Fellows are chosen to serve each academic year. If selected, students receive a $1,000 stipend from the College to support them in their work. Fellows also receive a faculty mentor and participate in a peer learning community as a cohort. Final projects will be presented in a symposium held each April.

Meet our 2023 Cohort

The 2023 Health Equity Fellows from left to right are Henry Kitiabi, Shama Khan, Caleb Snead, Melat Mekonnen, Abraham Adokwei, and Abigail Ventimiglia.

The UGA College of Public Health’s third cohort of Health Equity Fellows will support six Metro-Atlanta cities with well-being, health equity and health disparities research. Learn more.

  • Abigail Ventimiglia, MPH Candidate, Health Policy & Management
  • Abraham Adokwei, PhD candidate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Henry Kitiabi, PhD candidate, Health Promotion & Behavior, Global Health Institute
  • Melat Mekonnen, undergraduate student, Health Promotion & Behavior
  • Caleb Snead, MPH Candidate, Health Promotion & Behavior
  • Shama Khan, undergraduate student, Health Promotion & Behavior

How to Apply

The College of Public Health is no longer accepting applications for the Health Equity Fellows Cohort of 2023.

Six Health Equity Fellows will be chosen to serve during the 2022-2023 academic year. If selected, students will receive a $1,000 stipend from the College to support them in their work. Fellows also receive a faculty mentor and will participate in a peer learning community as a cohort. Final projects will be presented in a symposium held April 2023. Please submit an application by 5pm on September 2, 2022 for full consideration.

Log into Google Forms application here

Please contact Rebecca Baskam at rbaskam@uga.edu for information. Download the Health Equity Fellows flyer here. Learn more about the Aug. 23 program info session here.


Past Recipients

2022 Class of Health Equity Fellows

  • Vanessa Diokpara, MPH candidate, health policy & management concentration
  • Leila Farist, MPH candidate, epidemiology & biostatistics concentration
  • Kristi Sprowl, Doctor of Public Health candidate
  • Pryce Nwabude, MPH candidate, health policy & management concentration
  • Sloane Sengson, health promotion major (BS in health promotion student)

Inaugural 2021 Class of Health Equity Fellows

  • Kenya Murray, PhD student, working in Fitzgerald with Dr. Juliet Sekandi
  • Carlyncia McDowell, Master of Public Health student, working in Milledgeville with Dr. Janani Rajbhandari-Thapa
  • Harrison Huang, Master of Public Health student, working in Young Harris with Dr. Mel Garber
  • Amber Bullard, Health Promotion and Behavior undergraduate student, working in College Park with Dr. Christina Proctor
  • Jennifer Quezada, Health Promotion and Behavior undergraduate student working in Moultrie with Dr. Bob Galen

Presentations from our inaugural cohort of CPH Health Equity Fellows can be viewed below: