GradImpact: Diversifying Future Generations of Policy Leaders to Advance Culture of Health

    Patrice Williams, a PhD student in urban and regional planning at Florida State University, grew up in a food desert in South Florida. The closest grocery store with high-quality food at reasonable prices was more than ten miles away, and her medical condition necessitated a healthy diet. Williams’ experience contributed to her decision to pursue a doctorate and study how social, economic, and environmental factors impact the well-being of disadvantaged populations living in neighborhoods undergoing gentrification.


    Her tenacity and dedication were recently rewarded through a new program led by Johns Hopkins University and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Ms. Williams is one of 40 traditionally underrepresented students who received a grant and became part of the first cohort of Health Policy Research Scholars, a program designed to create a community of diverse leaders to inform and influence policy that advances a culture of health.


    Ms. Williams places tremendous importance on improving the well-being of one’s community. To learn more about Patrice and her research, visit the Florida State University website.



    **Photo Credit: Bruce Palmer, FSU Photography Services



    The CGS GRADIMPACT project draws from member examples to tell the larger story of graduate education. Our goal is to demonstrate the importance of graduate education not only to degree holders, but also to the communities where we live and work. Do you have a great story to share about the impact of master’s or doctoral education? Visit our WEBSITE for more information.


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