Adell Y. Smith Hanys Healthcare Leadership Scholarship
Born to Jamaican immigrants and raised in The Bronx, Caryl English grew up with “a community-minded outlook” that has informed her graduate studies and career plans. After completing her M.P.H. at UAlbany, English aspires to establish her own organization to “provide holistic care to everyone in The Bronx,” while bringing community members together to enjoy “after-school programs, book clubs, Zumba, painting, and more.”
The health policy and management program is teaching English “a lot about the systematic changes happening within healthcare to better serve communities, like a switch to family-centered care.” English, who earned an undergraduate degree in health, behavior, and society at the University of Rochester, has a longstanding interest in policy. She opted to continue her education at UAlbany’s School of Public Health, drawn by its relationships with the New York State Department of Health. Opportunities such as internships were also attractive, notes English: As a DOH intern, she will create webinar materials for new state regulations related to newborn screening.
English received the Adell Y. Smith HANYS Healthcare Leadership Scholarship, which promotes diversity within healthcare and healthcare-policy management.