SPHHS student, projects featured in UMass Amherst philanthropic report

UMass Amherst Public Health student and Community Scholarship recipient Ilyssa DeLeon

Community Scholarship recipients Ilyssa DeLeon '19 (left)
and Cameron Kilcoyne ’17. Image courtesy University Relations

April 24, 2017

Several individuals and projects with affiliations to the School of Public Health and Health Sciences are featured in the Spring 2017 issue of Aspire: A Report on the Impact of Philanthropy. Aspire is a new biannual report dedicated to the impact of philanthropy on the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Spring 2017 edition illustrates how the generosity of alumni and friends carries forward the promise of access and opportunity to the next generation.

Among the philanthropic impacts cited in the report are:

  • Hear Our Stories, a Ford Foundation-funded project led by Community Health Education Associate Professor Aline Gubrium and Anthropology Professor Elizabeth Krause. The program examines the social inequality experienced by young mothers in Holyoke through digital storytelling in order to reframe public conversations about teen parenting and to work with women on becoming advocate leaders.
  • Public Health major Ilyssa DeLeon '19, a first-generation student from Springfield, MA. DeLeon is the recipient of a Community Scholarship, a program, begun in 2014 for students with financial need, including first-generation students and those from underrepresented groups. Sixty percent of students qualify for need-based aid, and one in four students are eligible for Pell grants, the federal program for students from low-income families.
  • Western MA Health Equity Summit,  which brought more than 250 leaders together in the Fall of 2016 to address food insecurity, institutional racism, health literacy, public policies, and community research.

Read the full report here.