Public Health in Your Own Terms: Mavis Coffman

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Mavis Coffman Class: Senior Department: Public Health-BHS Q: How would you define Public Health in your own terms? A: Public health means ensuring the health of a whole community. It means looking at the most vulnerable populations and figuring out how what they need. It means working to eliminate health disparities and ensure equal opportunity to live a healthy life. Q: How did you become interested in Public Health? (Was there a specific person or event that sparked your interest?) A: In my training to become an RSVP Peer Educator Dr. Deborah Hume spoke to my class about her public health research on human trafficking. It was the first time I considered that violence prevention is public health. This opened up my eyes as to how public health is involved in everything. Q: Why did you choose MU to continue your academic career? A: MU and Columbia have an amazing community of...

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