“Advancing programs and policies that prevent DWCB and obesity among youth and address disparities in these outcomes is critical. Public health offers so many opportunities to be a catalyst for change, particularly among underserved populations. My goal is to translate knowledge and research into practice to work towards improved and equitable health outcomes for youth.” –Monica
Monica L. Wang, MS, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, was the first trainee with our initiative, joining our team in 2009. With the support of the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Fund for Eating Disorders Research for her doctoral dissertation with the Health Choices Study, Monica is examining behavioral, familial, and environmental risk and protective factors for disordered weight control behaviors (DWCB) among youth, exploring racial/ethnic disparities in DWCB among youth, and developing recommendations for programs and policies that address both DWCB and obesity.
Even at this early stage in her career, Monica has a wealth of experience working for health equity and social justice in diverse communities. This past year, Monica was awarded a highly competitive Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support her work to reduce the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages Boston youth drink. Her project centered on youth-led advocacy in collaboration with Sociedad Latina, a non-profit organization that serves middle and high school youth from Boston Public Schools. In addition, she is a co-instructor with a school-wide public health foundations course at HSPH and works as an evaluation consultant with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and National Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative. She graduated with her doctor of science degree from HSPH this May.