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Mount Students Participate in Prestigious Conference for Future Public Health Leaders

4/21/2017

Riverdale, N.Y. –  Two extraordinary Mount Saint Vincent students will participate in the University of Michigan’s Future Public Health Leaders Program, a unique 10-week residential program designed to encourage underrepresented students in strong academic standing to consider careers in public health. The residency includes public health and career mentorship, hands-on and practical field experience, seminars, lectures, and workshops with public health leaders.

For Chris Coreano ’19, a business administration major, the opportunity appealed because of his dream of opening health clinics in underserved neighborhoods. “I want to address problems like childhood obesity,” the lifelong Bronx resident said.

The program, now in its sixth year, works in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Undergraduate Public Health Summer Program (CUPS) to foster knowledge about health equity. Participants will complete a culminating research project.

Ayomide Olugbemi ’18, said the program works well with his sociology major emphasizing pre-law. “I want to potentially attend law school, so I guess my dream job would be being a lawyer,” he said. “But what I want to do—no matter where I end up—is to use my role to enact change. There are things wrong with our communities and it is ultimately up to us to fix them. We can’t move forward if we don’t all move forward together.”

The program will take place May 22 – July 28.

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
Founded in 1847 by the Sisters of Charity, the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers nationally recognized liberal arts education and a select array of professional fields of study on a landmark campus overlooking the Hudson River. Committed to the education of the whole person, and enriched by the unparalleled cultural, educational, and career opportunities of New York City, the College equips students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary for lives of professional accomplishment, service, and leadership in the 21st century.