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Myers named RWJF Health Policy Fellow

August 15, 2017

Dr. Allison Myers

Dr. Allison Myers

Allison E. Myers, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow. The fellowship will allow Myers to work in Washington, D.C., for a one-year period beginning Sept. 1 and to participate in federal policy processes.

“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation fellowship is an exceptional opportunity,” Myers said. “My expectation is that I will grow in leadership and service to public health in the U.S., and I’ll gain new expertise in health policy development and implementation.”

Myers is co-founder and executive director of Counter Tools, an organization that aims to advance place-based public health in communities across North Carolina and the United States.

The group provides classroom and online training that builds capacity for enacting health-promoting policies and interventions; statistical analyses and sampling assistance; data displays; agenda-setting summits; and project management.

Counter Tools was established five years ago during the time Myers was a doctoral student in health behavior at the Gillings School. Its co-founder and current member of the board of directors is Kurt Ribisl, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior.

“We are so proud that Dr. Myers will spend the next year participating in this prestigious fellowship opportunity,” Ribisl said. “She will learn first-hand – in our nation’s capital – about how health policy is made and implemented. She will return with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will greatly benefit our students and faculty.”

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care, partnering with others to build a national Culture of Health that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu