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Public Health and Wellness Announces Summer “Change Leaders” Program

Monday June 4, 2012

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness’s Center for Health Equity is launching the Healing Futures Fellowship summer initiative for youth ages 15 to 18.

“Public Health is everybody’s work – no matter your race, where you live, or how young you are,” said Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director. “The Healing Futures Fellowship summer program will introduce our young people to public health methodology in the study of injuries and violence and engage them in exploring solutions.”

The Healing Futures Fellowship will bring together 25 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors from neighborhoods throughout Louisville. The program will be held June 25 through August 3 and will be comprised of both classroom and field sessions seven hours a day five days a week.

Each young person chosen for the Healing Future’s Fellowship will receive a $1,000 stipend. The Fellowship is made possible by a grant through the Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Action Institute (REHDAI) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“I commend Dr. Nesbitt and her team for coming up with a summer program that engages young people in thoughtful discussion, teambuilding, and problem solving, while also helping them economically,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “I expect the graduates of this program to be life-long learners and change leaders for the future.”

The deadline for applications is June 13. The application process involves writing a 500 word essay. To apply or for more information, visit