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 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
To learn more about the Public Health Fellow position, consider watching the video below to learn about the experience of recent Fellows. You can also read more about individual Fellows (and their backgrounds) in the chart below the video.
2019-2020 Public Health Fellows
The primary responsibilities of the Public Health Fellows and Senior Public Health Fellows include facilitating various health outreach programs to student organizations (including Notice and Respond: Friend 2 Friend, Thrive, Intervene, sexual violence prevention, hazing prevention, and other related education programs).
Morgan Chall, '19
Morgan majored in Global & Public Health Sciences in the College of Human Ecology, with minors in Policy Analysis & Management, and Inequalities Studies. While at Cornell, Morgan was a 4-year Varsity Gymnast, a campus facilitator for the One Love Foundation, an Orientation leader, co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and co-founded the #DontBearItAlone mental health awareness campaign. Morgan also held an internship with Cornell’s Office of the Judicial Administrator where she conducted policy research on hazing sanctions. She has been involved with SAAC at the national level, serving as the Ivy League conference representative, Chair of Division I SAAC, member of the Committee on Academics and the Division I Board of Directors. Through these experiences, Morgan has developed a passion for using sports as a platform to address important public health issues, and plans to attend law school.
Pippy Gerace, '19
Pippy majored in Development Sociology with minors in Law & Society and English. While at Cornell, Pippy was a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team for four years. Her experiences as a student athlete compelled her to work closely with other student athletes as she facilitated the Body Positive Program and was treasurer of Athlete Ally. In her senior year she worked as a Cornell Social Consultant with Cornell Health, creating sexual violence prevention initiatives and culture change interventions. These experiences have fostered her desire to work as a mental health counselor for LGBT youth in the future.
Amber majored in Psychology and Government in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences. While at Cornell, Amber co-founded the Cog Dog Theatre Troupe, served on the Risley Theatre Sub-committee, sang in Chorale, served as a Haven facilitator, and worked with the Prisoner Express Program. She also conducts human development research with the Little Thinkers Lab, studying the emergence of gender stereotypes, responses to various types of praise, and perceptions of wealth and pain. Her interest in public health at Cornell stems from a passion for mental health advocacy and a desire to help build a safer, more inclusive environment for students from marginalized communities.
Read about the paths of our former Public Health Fellows (pdf).
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 (GPHS) major with a student internship opportunity within Cornell Health. Internships are not currently available. We anticipate that the next internship will be offered during the 2021-2022 school year.