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New England RHEC Intern Spotlight: Toddchelle Young

posted May 19, 2014, 5:22 PM by Tech Support   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 1:22 PM ]
The New England RHEC would like to congratulate their departing intern, Toddchelle Young, who received her Masters of Public Health degree from Columbia University this spring. A recent article in the New Haven Independent documents her journey to achieving this milestone. In addition to cultivating a youth component and social media strategy for the New England RHEC, Ms. Young has been working on her degree full-time while providing for her family. Her career aspiration is to graduate from medical school as a public health doctor focusing on preventive care for minority patients.

Toddchelle Young has conquered formidable obstacles in order to pursue this dream while supporting her family through homelessness, depression, and lifelong debilitating disease. Raised in the New Haven housing projects, Toddchelle recognized that minorities in her community had higher rates of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and asthma, than their white counterparts in wealthier neighboring communities. “My experience in New Haven has informed every single thing that I’ve done,” explains Ms. Young.

To read Toddchelle Young’s full story in the New Haven Independent, please click here.