Meet Our Fellows

PlacementEnergy & Commerce Health Sub-committee

InterestsMaternal and Child Health, Physical Fitness, Physical Education, Childhood Obesity, Mental Health, Youth Development, Education

Fellowship Presented By

Hilary Carruthers

Health Fellow

Dr. Hilary Carruthers (she/her), DrPH, MSW is a public health professional and social worker from Atlanta, Georgia. Her research areas include childhood obesity and physical education policy, where her findings highlight the association between socioeconomic status and physical education outcomes. Hilary aspires to improve child and maternal health while eliminating disparities. Her work experience includes youth development, non-profits, evaluation, and time spent in the United Kingdom where she advocated for children in foster care. She currently serves her local community as Board Chair of 7 Pillars Career Academy, an Atlanta area charter school that aims to destroy the school-to-prison pipeline. Hilary is a member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Northwest Georgia Chapter, Inc. Her long-term career aspirations are at the nexus of policy, program development, and research. Hilary obtained her Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Master of Social Work, and Doctor of Public Health from The University of Georgia.

As part of the Fellowship program, all Fellows complete a Social Impact Service Project (SISP). These projects allow Fellows to partner with a nonprofit organization to implement or support an initiative that aligns with their areas of expertise and the needs of the organization. For her SISP, Hilary will work with Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI). She will assist the Change Your Lifestyle. Change Your Life. (CYL^2) program. CYL^2 is BWHI’s yearlong evidence-based lifestyle change program that gives participants the tools and support needed to help prevent type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Hilary will develop a physical activity curriculum to accompany the CYL^2 National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The physical activity curriculum will contain a lesson to supplement each NDPP module, including one module for pregnant or postnatal people. The curriculum will use public health theories of behavior change, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and research in the areas of physical activity and chronic disease prevention, to help participants achieve the recommended amount of weekly physical activity.