HOUSTON – (May 29, 2014) – Four students from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHeath) School of Public Health have been selected as fellows for the Archer Center’s Graduate Program in Public Policy this summer. These students will live and work in Washington, D.C. for 12 weeks to learn about the federal government and public service.
“Along with the education received at the UTHealth School of Public Health, these students will have the tools needed to improve and sustain health of people and solve public health problems at the local, state, national, and international level,” said Sam Neher, Archer Center campus coordinator at the UTHealth School of Public Health.
Participants were chosen based on their “interest in participating in intellectual exchange centering on government and politics” and will take classes and intern on Capitol Hill, an executive branch agency or other governmental or non-governmental organization. Students were chosen from schools within The University of Texas System, in honor of the program’s namesake, Bill Archer, a congressman and alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin.
Benedicta Anikputa is pursuing a Master in Public Health degree in the division of health promotion and behavioral sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. Anikputa earned her bachelor's degree in human biology with a second major of public health from The University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in protecting vulnerable populations and eliminating health disparities. She has interned at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine on projects involving underrepresented populations. At the UTHealth School of Public Heath, Anikputa is active in The Board, a student led organization that fosters the development of leadership and management skills. She also volunteers at the Houston Food Bank. Anikputa will be interning with Special Olympics International this summer in the health, research and evaluation department as part of the Graduate Program in Public Policy.
Christina McCauley is a graduate student at the UTHealth School of Public Health, pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in health services organization. She graduated from Texas A&M University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health. McCauley was inspired to pursue a career in public health after spending two summers working as a counselor at a residential camp for children with Type 1 diabetes, where she focused on advocacy and health education. She is currently a graduate assistant in the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the School of Public Health and has completed an administrative internship in the Office of the President at Baylor College of Medicine. This summer, she will be interning with the National Coalition on Health Care in the Paul G. Rogers Memorial Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy Scholars Program.
Bhumit Shah is a graduate student at the UTHealth School of Public Health, where he is pursuing a Master of Public health degree in management, policy and community health. He completed his undergraduate degree in both biology and economics at The University of Texas at Austin. He believes that public health is improved not only by access to medical care, but by creating an environment that fosters healthy decision making daily. Public policy plays a major role in creating that environment. He currently works with UTHealth’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, which provides research to guide the Food and Drug Administration’s future tobacco regulatory efforts. This summer, he will be interning at Special Olympics in the health, research and evaluation department and as well as the government relations department.
Amy Wieczorek is a graduate student at the UTHealth School of Public Health, pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in the division of health promotion and behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on global health and leadership. She received her bachelor's degree in community health education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Wieczorek is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute and served as Miss Nebraska for America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization in 2010 and Collegiate America in 2011. Amy has worked in diverse areas of public health including obesity prevention, worksite wellness, sustainable communities, drunk driving prevention and women and children's health in foreign countries. Wieczorek is looking forward to interning with the National Women's Health Network this summer.
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