2022 Social Justice Fellowship Awardees

The Social Justice Fellowship spans all six Schools of Health Sciences (SoHS) at the University of Pittsburgh (Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Pharmacy). Faculty Fellows urgently develop into leaders working in concert and in partnership with communities toward eliminating health inequities. 

In 2022, Faculty Fellows represent five of the six Schools of the Health Sciences. 

As we progress in the inagural year, please see the 2022 Social Justice Fellowship commencement updates.

2022 Social Justice Fellowship Spotlight

The 2022 Social Justice Faculty Fellows:

Jennifer J. Adibi, School of Public Health: Adibi, The Pittsburgh Study and Healthy Start will codesign a project that will lead to an actionable vision of what health equity in pregnancy can look like.

Sharon E. Connor, School of Pharmacy: Connor will continue to work with the Birmingham Free Clinic to help students recognize the social determinants of health and to translate them into practice in the hope that this will aid them in becoming advocates for and leaders in the elimination of health disparities. 

Jennifer S. White, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: White and the Black Equity Coalition will develop an innovative digital toolkit for federally qualified health centers to use as a platform to display their organization’s profile and details of their advocacy. The focus will be on resources and advocacy that address safe and affordable housing, transportation, education, jobs, income equity, healthy foods and physical activity opportunities.

Daniel Wilkenfeld, School of Nursing: The Wilkenfeld, Autism Connection of Pennsylvania and Achieva Early Intervention partnership will focus on early screening and detection of autism in Black children. The project will enable providers in community settings to work with parents and children in facilitating proper diagnosis and treatment and better understand how to navigate the paperwork necessary to receive early therapeutic treatment.  

Katherine Williams, School of Medicine: Williams and UPMC Horizon-Shenango Valley will work to empower rural community residents to advocate for COVID-19 vaccine administration.