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News from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Public and Indigenous Health programs announce recent student achievements

Congratulations are in order to two Master of Public Health (MPH) students and one Indigenous Health student on their recent regional and national achievements.

Doctoral student in the SMHS Department of Indigenous Health, Marie Zephier, was recently awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship, a “flexible” grant of up to $100,000 designed to help recipients “strengthen and develop your leadership,” as the Bush website notes.

Established by Edyth and Archibald Bush, the founder of 3M Corporation, the Bush Foundation provides grants and fellowship to residents of the Dakotas and Minnesota working on community-based projects.

A Rapid City, S.D., native representing the Oglala Lakota Nation, Zephier will use to her award to complete her degree at UND as she seeks out “ways to use culturally informed data as a tool for advocacy and investment in cultural practices.”

Across the hall from the Department of Indigenous Health, UND’s public health program has two students, Stacie Shropshire and Taylor Hasick, who were recently selected to be ambassadors of this year’s national “This is Public Health” (TIPH) cohort. TIPH is a program within the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

As the ASPPH noted in a news release on the campaign, “Comprising of 82 graduate students hailing from 47 ASPPH member schools worldwide, this year’s cohort exemplifies ASPPH’s core mission of improved health and well-being for everyone, everywhere.”

“Since its inception in 2017, the TIPH Ambassador program has amplified the inspiring stories and extraordinary experiences of our program’s best students,” noted MPH Assistant Director Ashley Bayne. “These exceptional graduate students, nominated by their respective institutions, play a crucial role in fostering interest in public health education and career opportunities.”