Fellowships Awarded: 2020, 2019, 2018
Ava Richardson, MPH, is a third-year DrPH student in the Environmental Health and Engineering department. She holds a BS in biology from Frostburg State University and an MPH from Morgan State University. Ava has worked to advance public health for over a decade through systems change, effective policies and evidence-based programs as an advocate and researcher. She is passionate about addressing the many dimensions of public health threats—from food insecurity to unsustainable food systems practices to climate change. Throughout her career, Ava has maintained a commitment to social, economic and racial justice as core tenets to achieving health equity. She has provided technical expertise on food systems and sustainability matters at the Baltimore Department of Planning to support food systems programming. Currently, Ava serves a project director at the Baltimore City Health Department supporting community services across Baltimore. Her adviser is Roni Neff, PhD.