Public Health Fellows & Interns

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The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives trains future health professionals through Public Health Fellowships and student internships. 

Public Health Fellows

The Public Health Fellows position was created in 2011 to reflect the emerging public health approach to college student health. Since 2011, Public Health Fellows have enhanced Cornell Health’s outreach and educational efforts, and have made significant contributions to campus health initiatives. 

Public Health Fellows:

  • utilize “near peer” student connections to promote and deliver innovative strategies to address student mental health and well-being, alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence, and hazing, as well as other emerging student health issues
  • contribute to the work of the Skorton Center by facilitating educational outreach efforts and contributing to research and evaluation projects.

While the position is a term appointment for one academic year, a unique set of circumstances may occasionally lead to Fellows being offered a second term. For more information about the Public Health Fellowship, please contact Laura Santacrose, MPH, Health Initiatives Coordinator.

Meet our current Public Health Fellows:

The primary responsibilities of Elsie Ikpot and Grace Robbins include facilitating various health outreach programs (including Notice and Respond: Friend 2 Friend) and providing BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students). The primary responsibilities of Jessie Bonney-Burrill included facilitating sexual violence prevention and education outreach programs, meeting federal and state training mandates, and developing a new Cornell Social Consultants (CSC) Program to foster a positive sexual and social culture on campus.

2016-2017 Ikpot_Elsie_staffphoto.jpg Elsie Ikpot, ’15, Susan H. Murphy Public Health Fellow Elsie majored in Biology and Society in the College of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Global Health. She double minored in Global Health and Nutrition & Health. As an undergraduate student, she was a member of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), Cornell University Becker in Service (CUBS), Nigerian Students Association (NSA), and served as a research assistant for two years at the Robertson Infant Lab. Elsie’s interest in global and public health was sparked when she participated in the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad. After graduation, she completed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies under Cornell University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences in May of 2016.  As a Public Health Fellow, Elsie is interested in learning, mastering, and deepening transferable public health skills. She will be applying to medical school to pursue an MD/MPH to focus on global and public health for women, children, and teenagers.
2016-2017 Robbins_Grace_staffphoto.jpg Grace Robbins, ’16, Lorette Simon Gross ’89 and Dr. Keith Gross Public Health Fellow Grace majored in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minored in Global Health, Inequality Studies, and South Asian Studies. As a student, she took part in Alternative Spring Breaks and Students Against the Sexual Solicitation of Youth to serve Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, and her experiences working with victims of commercial sexual exploitation, in conjunction with experiences serving underprivileged communities in Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, and Olevolos, Tanzania sparked her passion for public health. Her time conducting independent research in western Nepal about women’s experiences with menstruation and taking part in a team capstone project to address sexual assault on Cornell’s campus strengthened her resolve to learn more about community-based culture change approaches in public health. She is excited to use her time as a fellow to grow as a young professional in the field and give back to the Cornell community.
2015-2017 Bonney-Burrill Jessie_photo.jpg Jessie Bonney-Burrill, '14, 
Public Health Fellow
Jessie majored in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. As a student, she was a member of the Cornell Women's Resource Center Executive Board, president of VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood at Cornell, a facilitator for FemSex, a sexuality education workshop, and a Campus Tour Guide. After graduating, Jessie became a Harm Reduction Specialist working at The Southern Tier AIDS Program. She is excited to be back on campus as a Public Health Fellow. Her interest in Public Health sprang from her experiences as a peer sexuality educator throughout her teenage years and deepened during her studies at Cornell.

GPHS student interns 

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives has partnered with the College of Human Ecology to provide students in the Global and Public Health Sciences major with a student internship opportunity within Cornell Health. 

GPHS students who are interested in applying for the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives student internship should contact Laura Santacrose, MPH, Health Initiatives Coordinator.