The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Scholarship Committee has chosen Brittney Hardwick and Chelsea Hagan as the recipients of the 2016Josephine D. Cochran Scholarship. Ms. Josephine created this award because she believed education was vital to an individual’s character. She wanted to assist students with a high level of academic success in the areas that were in the former College of Human Ecology.
Brittney Hardwick is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Health Policy and Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also earning a Graduate Certificate in Health Policy and plans to graduate in May of 2017. She sits on the Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Board as the representative for the UTK Department of Public Health. She is also a member of Tennessee Public Health Association, Public Health Graduate Student Association, and the Inter-professional Training Group, which focuses on providing collaborative care to rural and underserved patients in community clinic settings. She has also worked with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, UT Medical Center, and HCA. Brittney aspires to be a champion for innovative health care policy and quality improvement efforts.
Chelsea Hagan is in her second year at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program. Her chosen MPH concentration is in Community Health Education, a calling that she has answered enthusiastically alongside her studies. In her first year, Chelsea facilitated the “My Body, My Future” program to empower adolescent girls at the Boys and Girls Club. She is actively working in the health and wellness field in the Knoxville area serving as a Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach at the YMCA, a weight loss intervention coach, and a personal trainer. This fall, she will be leading local high school students as they complete a community health assessment during the ToWeR (Teens Working to Reform) program. After her graduation in May of 2017, Chelsea plans to pursue a career of wellness in the workplace.