SOPHE announces the first cohort of Leaders in Equity & Diversity Fellowship

Three fellows begin their leadership journey in September

Washington, DC – August 17, 2022The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) proudly announces its first cohort of students for its Leaders in Equity & Diversity Fellowship (LEAD). 

SOPHE welcomes India Rose Hill, MS Ed., MPH; Ragha Mohan, MPH; and Asma Tahir Awan, DrPH, MSHI, MPH, MD.

The LEAD Fellowship prepares SOPHE members from diverse backgrounds including but not limited to racial and/or ethnic, gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, military status, geographic location, economic status, and work setting, for leadership positions within the organization through a one-year fellowship. 

“My desire is for the LEAD Fellowship to be a beacon of hope for those who are underrepresented in the field,” said SOPHE Trustee of Membership and Leadership Development, Antonio J. Gardner, PhD, MS, CHES.® “I hope the fellows will inspire others with similar backgrounds to pursue their rightful seats at the table of leadership.”

After the fellowship, participants will pursue leadership opportunities within various sectors of the organization. The LEAD fellowship opportunity creates a pathway to increase diversity in health education leadership.

“I cannot be prouder of SOPHE for taking on this initiative to improve SOPHE as an organization and the field of public health education and promotion,” said SOPHE President Amy Thompson, PhD, CHES.®

The pilot cohort begins in September. Learn more about the LEAD Fellowship and fellows at

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