Elon University / Today at Elon / Callie Kelly named 2022 Bloomberg Fellow

As a fellow, Kelly will work toward a master’s degree in public health through an initiative designed to tackle critical health issues.

Callie Kelly, Campus Recreation and Wellness Assistant Director for Student Wellness at Elon University, has been named a 2022 Bloomberg Fellow in the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Callie Kelly, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness for Student Wellbeing

As a fellow, Kelly will be part of a cohort of 60 members who will receive world-class public health training to tackle critical health issues across the country. She received a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University.

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative was created in 2016 with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies in honor of the centennial of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through education, research, and practice, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative works to address critical 21st century health challenges in the United States, with the goal of improving health and saving lives across the country. Since its inception, the Initiative has focused on promoting equity, using evidence and changing policy.

“At this critical time for the health of our nation, we are thrilled to welcome this new class of Bloomberg Scholars to the school,” said Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie. “Through the scholarship, we look forward to partnering with and strengthening great organizations across the country.”

The initiative selects fellows from organizations working on one of five critical health challenges facing the nation: substance abuse and overdoses, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, adolescent health and violence. Kelly is one of 20 fellows who will work in the area of ​​addiction and overdose. Fellows come from 24 states and the District of Columbia.

“I believe my whole career has prepared me for this exact moment,” Kelly says. “Studying at the Bloomberg School of Public Health is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to be among the scholarship recipients.”

Kelly oversees a range of substance abuse education programs at Elon, including advising the ASHES Substance-Free Living and Learning Community and the Phoenix Free College Recovery Program. Prior to joining Elon in 2016, Kelly served as a prevention specialist at SouthLight Healthcare in Raleigh, NC, and at Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford in Greensboro, NC. Kelly has also worked as a tobacco education specialist.

“Elon’s collaboration and partnership with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative will provide a unique opportunity to align our missions to have a meaningful impact on public health outcomes related to student mental health and substance use” , says Kelly.

Kelly is actively involved in various local and national organizations that address addiction and recovery in higher education. She is also a member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC).

In May, she received the Elon Student Life Division Innovation Award, an award given to a professional who has developed new, unique, or open new programs, services, or ways of working. new ways to support our division’s mission and goals.

Launched in 2017, the Bloomberg Fellows program offers full scholarships for full or part-time study. Fellows agree that upon completion of the program they will work for their collaborating organization for at least one additional year.

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