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Ethan Assefa

Community Data Fellow, 2023-2024

Ethan Assefa is a current graduate student pursuing a masters in data science at UVA. His past academic background includes an MPH, focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics, and a BA in social psychology. He is deeply passionate about the public health field, particularly considering aspects at the ecological or structural level. Much of his past work has involved examining health equity in medical outcomes, starting with an examination of hospitalizations and treatments during the COVID pandemic across socio-economic status and race. He loves the challenge of, not only delving into the data and discovering what it says, but also working to best communicate results and ensure a story is being told that will motivate and catalyze positive change. While much of his past work and background has been focused on health inequities, Ethan is aware that injustice manifests in many different ways. Ethan sees this fellowship as an opportunity to immerse himself and better understand these other aspects of equity and he appreciates being considered for this opportunity to conduct concrete, equity-centered work with community partners in a variety of areas.