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Doctoral Students Selected for National Program to Shape Health Policy

October 10, 2017
Honored scholar

Chinyere Agbai, a sociology doctoral student, is one of two graduate students who have earned Health Policy Research Scholar awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Courtesy Chinyere Agbai

With the selection of two Brown University graduate students, Chinyere Agbai in sociology and Arjee Restar in public health, as Health Policy Research Scholars, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will support their research and efforts to translate their findings into health policies.

Also among the 40 scholars selected from schools across the nation was Brown public health alumna Mya-Lee Roberson, now a graduate student at the University of North Carolina. With a focus on doctoral students who “bring unique and diverse perspectives to their research,” the program provides not only a stipend for up to four years but also leadership development training and opportunities to interact with policy, public health and industry leaders.

Agbai and Restar said the awards will help them achieve their goals of making an impact through research. They are each doing so in distinct ways.

Read more of David Orenstein's article on Health Policy Research Scholar awards made to Brown doctoral students.