Health Advocacy Alumni

Contact

Director of Graduate Admissions

E-mail Emanuel

914.395.2371

Health advocates are agents of positive change in a field that has extraordinary breadth and opportunity. Health advocacy careers span from patient advocacy in case-based direct service, to community advocacy initiatives on behalf of geographic or disease-specific populations, to system-level policy-based advocacy activities.

Graduates function in direct care as patient advocates, health advisers, and navigators, facilitating access to health care services, and helping individuals negotiate an increasingly complex and fragmented health care infrastructure.

As health policy advocates, graduates work in legislative and organizational areas. They advocate for patients and populations from positions in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, grassroots and national health policy organizations, and the media.

Health advocacy encompasses careers not directly associated with the provision of clinical health care services, including initiatives to dismantle structural barriers to health that are caused by poverty, racism, environmental destruction, and violence.

Our Alumni

K. Jennifer Johal MA '15

K. Jennifer Johal MA '15
"I only applied to Sarah Lawrence College for graduate school because I knew the one-on-one attention the instructors provided was what I needed. The smaller class sizes and round table discussions were how I could thrive during my graduate career."

Deborah L. Jones MA '15

Deborah L. Jones MA '15
"Professor Rebecca Johnson asked several of us to submit our final papers from the History of Health Care in America course to the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) for possible inclusion in their annual History Night. NYAM was so impressed that it created a second night specifically to feature student work. In all, four of us, including Professor Johnson, were invited to present. Subsequent cohorts have also achieved this honor, establishing the Sarah Lawrence College Health Advocacy program as a source of excellence."

Chloe Politis MA '15

Chloe Politis MA '15

"The Health Advocacy program has been most influential on my professional career. One of my fieldwork opportunities turned into a full-time position. After a few months, I received a promotion. I am now the Digital Communications Manager at the Mount Sinai Health System."

Brielle Weber MA '15

Brielle Weber MA '15
"When I started this program, I never realized how important and incredibly valuable my relationships with the other students would be. As much as the coursework, fieldwork, and faculty shaped my learning experiences in the Health Advocacy program, my relationships and interaction with the other students also challenged, inspired, encouraged, and molded me. As a graduate, that community is what I miss most about the program and I would recommend that prospective students embrace those relationships fully and wholeheartedly during their time in the program."