Congratulations to the newest recipients of the June D. Gorski Endowment Scholarship Award!
Jordan Rahm is currently in her second to last semester of the MPH degree in the Community Health Education concentration. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Biology, Chemistry, and Entrepreneurship. In 2020, she graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Medical Physiology from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Jordan previously pursued a passion for research through clinical research roles at the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center and the Drapkin Ovarian Oncology Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.
Her primary goal when pursuing the MPH degree was to obtain the foundational building blocks for a career in public health to complement her current practice as a Clinical Researcher. In her current position as a Clinical Research Manager at TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, TN, she is responsible for conducting independent and collaborative scientific studies for the trauma, critical care, neurology, and burn service lines. Additionally, she oversees the development and writing of research protocols, obtaining appropriate IRB approvals, data abstracting and analysis, writing and editing manuscripts, dissemination of scholarly activity, coordination and monitoring of clinical trial compliance. According to Jordan, “Each class I have taken so far in the MPH degree has been directly translatable to my career and has made me a stronger clinical researcher.”
Jordan is excited and honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the Dr. June Gorski Scholarship Endowment Award. After successfully completing her Graduate degree, she hopes to matriculate into a Doctorate program in Public Health to expand upon the competencies achieved during the program with a special interest in women’s health concerns in the rural Appalachian region. She believes that the pioneering research and advocacy June Gorski accomplished in her career focused on the health needs of children, adolescents, and women perfectly complements her career aspirations in the field of public health, and she hopes to contribute to the discipline through expanding public health programming for women in rural areas of America.
Hailey Lewis is a dedicated graduate student enrolled in a Dual Masters’ program in Public Health Nutrition and Health Policy Management. She is also earning a graduate certificate in Health Policy Interdisciplinary Certificate, which further expands her knowledge and expertise in the field. Hailey’s academic journey began in 2014 with an Associate of Science in Nutrition and Food Science from Pellissippi State Community College, and she went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her academic achievements are a testament to her hard work and dedication. She is set to graduate in December 2023, after almost a decade in higher education. Hailey’s research interests are focused on the built environment, food and nutrition access and food apartheids, childhood injury prevention, and community-based participatory research. Hailey recently completed her blockfield internship at Knoxville Knox County Planning, where she researched the impact of “Planning” on the food environment and food access. She is currently completing a preceptorship at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital under the Injury Prevention Coordinator. Her research has helped her to understand the complex interactions between public policy, nutrition and the vast field of public health. This has given her a diverse and valuable foundation to grow her future career. With her interdisciplinary approach, she is poised to make a significant impact on the future
Hailey Lewis won the Betsy Haughton Award in 2022, the Charles Hamilton Award in 2023, the Geraldine M. Piper Fellowship in 2023 and the June Gorski Award in 2023.