- On September 30, 2018
Name: Brandi Brittain
School: Georgia State University
Major and Degree: Masters in Public Health (Health Management & Policy)
Expected Graduation: May 2019
Where are you originally from? Stone Mountain, GA
What made you decide on your chosen career path?
I have always been extremely interested in women’s health ever since I was a child. It was always fascinating to me that women were the amazing humans that had the joy of bringing life into the world. After taking a few public health courses during undergrad I knew that I wanted to delve deeper into the world of public health. In my Masters program I have learned even more about health disparities, especially as it relates to maternal and infant health. I quickly became interested in learning how policies can help shape the advocacy in addressing these health disparities for women and mothers living in disadvantaged areas.
What activities are you involved in?
Currently, I am the Program Coordinator for the T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps program housed in the Alonzo A. Crim Center in Georgia State’s College of Education and Human Development. We work with providing STEM mentoring and educational support to students in urban communities and schools around the metro-Atlanta area.
Why did you choose to intern at Pea Pod Nutrition and Lactation Support?
Working with this organization has allowed me to witness the intersection of many of my public health interests. Improving and maximizing maternal health, women’s health, infant health, and health promotion are all at the crux of the mission of this organization. I am continuously learning about the importance of nutrition and how a healthy lifestyle can help address other public health issues.
What is the best thing about working with Pea Pod so far?
I really enjoy the research and projects that I have been able to work on so far. While working on these projects I have learned so much about nutrition and I am able to relate the research back to real life for the patients at Pea Pod. I also really enjoy shadowing the nutrition and lactation consultations. I have been able to identify barriers to access as it relates to the built environment and continue to use the information gained with each consult to build on my public health knowledge.
What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
Music! Life would be so boring without it.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m honestly open to traveling anywhere! I will be studying abroad in India in December 2018 with Georgia State University to study Ayurvedic practices and gain a better understanding of how holistic medicinal practices can alleviate stress and trauma. I’m extremely excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to use the knowledge I gain from this experience to further advance my public health understanding and practice around maternal health in America.
Favorite TV show to binge watch?
Insecure. This show is very relatable for 20-somethings trying to navigate this newfound adulthood. It’s also very reassuring in letting us know that mistakes are going to happen, but that’s ok. Because we all make mistakes.