Health Equity Scholars Ambassadors

Health Equity Scholars LogoWe encourage interested applicants to the Health Equity Scholars program to connect with current students and learn why they chose Brown. Get to know the Scholars below and reach out directly by email with your questions! For admissions-related questions, please email [email protected].

  • Burks

    Health Equity Scholar

    Undergraduate Institution: Alcorn State University


    Health equity to me means that everyone across this nation and the many others have fair access to be as healthy as possible in every aspect (mental, physical, occupational, and environmental health etc.) regardless of education, income level, sexual orientation, race, or geographic. Fair is the key word not equal!

    I plan to use my biomedical engineering background in correlation with Public Health to help reduce some of the environmental and occupational health exposures that affect low wage workers and their families. I hope to be an Industrial Hygienist.

    Research interests: Environmental and occupational health; community engagement and addressing health disparities.

  • Justin Coleman

    Health Equity Scholar

    Undergraduate Institution: Tougaloo College (UG/MPH)


    I am familiar with public health as I was a part of the Jackson Heart Study, which is a cardiovascular research centered cohort that looks at CVD amongst African Americans in MS. I plan on making my concentration epidemiology, so I can continue to focus my interest on cardiovascular disease centered around African Americans.

    Research interests: Cardiology and increased risk factors for heart disease among African Americans

  • Khiara Lee

    Health Equity Scholar

    Undergraduate Institution: Tougaloo College (UG/MPH program)


    I am Khiara Lee, from Coldwater, MS. My future goal related to health equity is lowering the percentage of African American women that have life threatening complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

    Research interests: Maternal and child health; maternal mortality among Black women. Health behavior, mental health.

  • Malek Mitchell

    Health Equity Scholar

    Undergraduate Institution: North Carolina A&T State University


    Health equity to me means way more than the literal definition of the word. Health equity to me means actively seeking justice through education, policy change, and community service for those who cannot combat injustices in healthcare. In the future, I plan to establish health equity and diminish health disparities through becoming a medical doctor and public health researcher.

    Research interests: Preventative health education for minorities and underserved groups, especially those in rural areas.

  • Kristen Smith

    Health Equity Scholar

    Undergraduate Institution: Tougaloo College (UG/MPH)


    By improving opportunities for all in the areas of healthcare, health equity ensures a healthier, brighter future. It is a topic that is deeply rooted in my personal morals and values; health equity transforms countless lives.

    Research interests: Social determinants of health, health equity

  • Cedonia Thomas

    Health Equity Scholar

    Undergraduate Institution: Tougaloo College


    Health equity, to me, means unveiling the underlying barriers that create overwhelming disproportion in health outcomes. My future goals include working to address these barriers with an emphasis on health disparities

    Research interests: Disease prevention, promoting health in the Black community, chronic illness, health disparities

  • Levell Williams

    Health Equity Scholar

    Undergraduate Institution: Tougaloo College (UG/MPH)


    Health equity to me is a mission that demands that wielders of influence and resources act with historical integrity, making concerted and honest efforts, to disperse their means, so that no community is deprived of available resources for accessing life of desirable quality and length. In our media-saturated age, I aspire to use communications to deliver health messages to layperson populations, creating a more equitable understanding of health access.

    Research interests: Health communications, community engagement