ATLANTA - The Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) at Morehouse School of Medicine awarded a health policy fellowship to Georgia State University College of Law student Megan Daugherty, 3L. The 10-month program, which begins in September, focuses on health leadership development and includes educational, practical, and research components.
The SHLI, established by Dr. David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was created in 2006 to develop a diverse group of public health leaders who will foster and support leadership strategies and influence policies toward the reduction and ultimate elimination of health disparities.
The SHLI health policy fellowship program began in 2009 and has included medical doctors, PhDs, and public health experts, but no attorneys—until now. Daugherty will be the first GSU graduate and the first law school graduate to receive the fellowship. “In the interview, I wanted to show the program leaders that attorneys are essential to the conversation to eliminate health inequalities,” Daugherty said. “Because of the program’s interdisciplinary focus and my prior collaborative work, the leadership was very receptive.”
Daugherty will also be the first fellow to receive a combined SHLI health policy and Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (GaLEND) fellowship position. The GaLEND program is sponsored by GSU’s Center for Leadership in Disability and prepares health leaders to work with children with developmental disorders and their families. “While interning in the HeLP Clinic, I witnessed some of the unique issues families with children with disabilities face every day, said Daugherty. “I look forward to making their lives easier in any way that I can.”
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Stacie P. Kershner, JD
Center for Law, Health & Society