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Three MPH students selected for the Milken Institute's Health Leaders Program

By organizing students at schools of public health across the nation into a collaborative program that offers leadership skills, career guidance, and networking opportunities, the Milken Institute Center for Public Health aims to build a global grassroots advocacy army that promotes prevention and wellness in order to improve individual and community health.

In 2018, the Milken Institute will launch the Future Health Leaders Pilot Program that is focused on only 5 schools and 15-20 students. Their plan is to create the right connections between organizations, students, and schools. They will focus on building skills sets and collaboration opportunities that can lead to real partnerships in their school’s region while also discussing opportunities and practical experience for careers in public health. 

The students chosen from Pitt Public Health are Kaitlyn Saal-Ridpath (JD/MPH ’20), Jessica Salerno (IDM ’20), and Ashley Simenson (EPI ’19). 

Their responsibilities will include 
a) attending in-person and/or online Public Health Career Path Insights sessions to gain leadership skills advice and career guidance from current health and business leaders around the world; 
b) assisting the Dean as a liaison to the Future Health Leaders program to promote schools as thought leaders and possibly host 1 on campus event for students in the School of Public Health; 
c) completing one community impact project working with Center for Public Health; 
d) completing timely Feedback Questionnaires on the Future Health Leaders program, career insights programming, and community impact project; and 
e) writing one white paper and one blog on prevention and wellness topics over time commitment period.

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health. They do this through independent, data-driven research, action-oriented meetings, and meaningful policy initiatives.

Their work is guided by the formula that our founder and chairman, Michael Milken, developed: Prosperity equals the effect of financial technology acting to multiply the value of human capital, social capital and real assets. 

Stable economic growth most often occurs where people have access to education and health care, can participate freely in the political process, and can aspire to property ownership. The formula is our understanding of the relationship between finance and a strong society.


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