Congratulations to Jessica Horan who was selected as a Schweitzer Fellow.
During her fellowship, Horan, Master of Public Health student specializing in epidemiology, will be administering HIV test kits via Skype and FaceTime to high-risk, underserved populations in Franklin County and its contiguous counties. She will also be conducting sexual health education at local homeless shelters and various underserved neighborhoods around Columbus.
“The Schweitzer Fellowship means educating and assisting underserved populations that suffer from a disproportionate number of health disparities. It gets at what the core of public health is and what motivated me to come to Ohio State,” said Horan. “With HIV disproportionately affecting black men who have sex with men and transgender women, it is not enough that we acknowledge these disparities, but that we come up with ways to help address them within our own community. This fellowship is giving me a way to do my part about addressing the HIV acquisition disparities within these minority groups so that I can help people to have safer sex, know their HIV status and if necessary, get linked to care. I’m grateful for this amazing opportunity and I'm excited for this project to get off the ground.”
Upon graduation, Horan hopes to continue her education and obtain her PhD with the goal of becoming a professor and continue to conduct reproductive and sexual health research, aimed at addressing health disparities among minorities.