Congrats to HELI Alum Dr. Devon Payne-Sturges!


Congratulations to 2015 HELI alum Devon Payne-Sturges, DrPH, MPH, on her recent Fulbright Senior Specialist Award!

Dr. Payne-Sturges is an Assistant Professor in Applied Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Fulbright Specialist Program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions. In this program assignments are for shorter periods of time compared to the traditional Fulbright. Dr. Payne-Sturges will be working in the Hochschule für Gesundheit, Department of Community Health, at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany for the month of October 2017.

Dr. Payne-Sturges’ research has focused on topics of environmental justice and cumulative exposures to multiple chemicals in the United States. “Now I will be engaging with researchers on these issues in an international context,” she said. “Cumulative risks are seen as one determinant of health inequalities. I am hoping to learn how these issues are addressed in Germany and to bring back models, frameworks, policy approaches that could be applied here. We have not made much progress on developing public policy responses to evidence of cumulative risk here in the US.”

Read more about this great opportunity via University of Maryland, SPH News.

Congratulations, Dr. Payne-Sturges and best of luck during your time abroad!


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