2021 Graduates

Julie Russo, B.S., M.P.H.

Julie Russo, B.S., M.P.H. [View Image]

Department: Division of Epidemiology

Prior Degree(s)

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from James Madison University

Advisor

Dr. Kellie Carlyle

Capstone Title

“There’s still another part of that equation that needs focused healing, love, and support”: Development of support groups for human trafficking co-survivors

Awards Received/Special Achievements

  • Throughout the MPH program, I had the privilege of speaking with many survivors and co-survivors of human trafficking from Richmond to help develop a support group manual for the loved ones of survivors. I cherish these conversations as they have taught me so much about the importance of trauma informed practice, making connections with people's humanity, and community engagement within public health.
  • I am honored that the media team from the VCU School of Medicine recognized me as the feature for the 2021 commencement article. I spoke on addressing the harmful power dynamics that exist within academia, how integrating the grief of losing a parent in the middle of graduate study has shaping me both professionally & personally, and how every profession can benefit from trauma informed practice.
  • President of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA)

Publications and Presentations

Panelist at the 3rd Annual Medical Symposium on Human Trafficking

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