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  AUGUST 05, 2011
ASPH NEWS OF NOTE
ASPH Welcomes Three New Fellows to ASPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship Program

NHTSA FellowsThis week, three alumni from Schools of Public Health began their work in the ASPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellowship Program. This highly selective program assigns early-career public health professionals to the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Over the next one or two years, the fellows will have the opportunity to take a first-hand look at the workings of NHTSA and to participate in their efforts to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes.

The 2011 ASPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellows are:

  • Ms. Lindsay Arnold, graduate of University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health
  • Ms. Sharon Berlin, graduate of University of Washington School of Public Health
  • Ms. Ellen Schenk, graduate of Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

As part of their training, these fellows will work within NHTSA to examine the issues making traffic safety one of the most complex issues in public health. Their work will require them to employ an interdisciplinary approach to improve motor-vehicle safety throughout the U.S.

“I'm looking forward to this fellowship for the tools and translational skills that it will give me to help effectively apply research to practice in the context of injury prevention,” Ms. Berlin said. “Learning how to work within the system of a broad-reaching federal agency will be invaluable in informing future professional endeavors into policy efforts and programmatic development.”

Ms. Arnold and Ms. Berlin will train under the guidance of Dr. Maria Vegega with NHTSA’s Office of Behavioral Safety Research.  Ms. Schenk will train under the guidance of Dr. Drew Dawson with NHTSA’s Office of Emergency Medical Services. They will join three other ASPH/NHTSA Public Health Fellows already placed at NHTSA.

ASPH wishes to thank our partners at NHTSA for their continued support of this unique and highly regarded graduate training program.  For more information on this and other fellowship opportunities offered by ASPH, click here.