Jameela Ali, MPH
Population Health Service
projects are you currently working on?
At WiCPHET, I'm creating a series
of online modules addressing cultural awareness for public health
professionals. At the Division of Public Health's Minority Health Program,
I'm creating a cultural awareness toolkit for public health professionals that
will highlight specific populations and their cultural beliefs as it relates to
health and treatment
Why did you decide to pursue a career in public
I was inspired
to help people live healthier and have a better quality of life by influencing
and changing things on a systems level.
you decide to join the fellowship program as opposed to other career or
school, most of my experiences were in hospital administration or with
nonprofits whose missions were somewhat related to public health but not
exclusively. I had come across the fellowship opportunity three years in a row
and finally the third year, I decided to apply because it was important for me
to gain more direct public health experience (such as local or state
government) with the flexibility to choose projects and create my own path for
two years. That is not always the case with a regular job, and that's what
makes this fellowship so unique.
been your favorite part of the fellowship so far?
enjoyed the monthly fellowship meetings. It's a great opportunity to connect
with the fellows as well as other professionals in the field. I always walk
away from the monthly meeting have learned something new and/or feeling
one of the most important things you have learned over the course of your
fellowship so far?
always necessary but especially so when trying to effect change on a system
level. Perseverance is another important one.
could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Long road trip
out west. International travel is great but there is something to be said for
exploring our own country and its beautiful natural parks.