Passionate about health as a facet of social equality and justice

Alumna Amber Wiest's passion for public health ignited after she took a volunteer coaching position with Girls on the Run, an after-school program designed to promote healthy lifestyles for girls in grades 3–5. Working closely with two different schools in Montgomery County, Md., Amber designed and launched a program to evaluate the impact Girls on the Run has on health in the community. She also examined health disparities in Montgomery County through the lenses of ethnicity, gender and social class, which she says are critical keys to understanding public health. After completing her Master of Arts in Kinesiology (with a focus on "physical cultural studies"), she went on to pursue a PhD in Sport Management at Florida State University.