Laura Colbert credits her two dogs, Mud and Ginger, with helping her maintain her own health and work-life balance in the face of numerous pressing priorities.
Georgians for a Healthy Future regularly hosts graduate students who work with GHF staff to support the organization’s current projects and issue advocacy campaigns. The students learn about critical consumer health issues and develop skills that they can use to become effective health advocates throughout their careers.
Tyla Adams joins Georgians for a Healthy Future this summer as the Health Education & Advocacy Intern. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the Georgia Voices for Medicaid project by assessing the learning needs of community members, health advocates, people living with disabilities and those existing at the intersections of these identities, updating the curriculum accordingly, and creating any needed learning aids. She will also assist with community outreach efforts that aim to help consumers access health services, inform them on the current state of Medicaid expansion and any other relevant health policy issues.
While attending East Carolina University, Tyla studied abroad in New Zealand and Australia where she realized her passion for health education and access to quality health care. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in public health studies and a minor in human development and family science. She is currently in her second year studying behavioral sciences and health education in the Master of Public Health program at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
After graduation, Tyla hopes to work to decrease generational disparities due to controllable risk factors (like nutrition and access to quality health care) and to foster health equity in black communities. Her public health interests include maternal and child health, adolescent health, the social determinants of health and minority women’s health.