You have to help people where they live to effect any kind of real change.Michelle Taylor
DrPH'15, MD, MS
Michelle Taylor, MD, DrPH is currently a Major, Residency Trained Flight Surgeon in the Tennessee Air National Guard. She is also adjunct faculty at the University of Memphis, School of Public Health. From 2014-2016, Dr. Taylor, a pediatrician, was Associate Medical Director and Deputy Administrator for Maternal and Child Health at the Shelby County Health Department. In this role, she was responsible for the overall management of Maternal and Child Health Programs (MCH) and oversaw programs geared toward providing services to under-resourced families through home visitation, case management, and outreach education. Prior to that, she was an MCH/Emergency Preparedness Physician at the Shelby County Health Department. These leadership experiences have fueled her desire to make a real difference on behalf of vulnerable populations, with regard to chronic disease, shortened life expectancies, and concentrated poverty. To that end, Dr. Taylor has been selected as one of the 2017-2018 Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellows in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University. Dr. Taylor received her undergraduate degree from Howard University in 1997 and her medical degree from East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine in 2002. She completed her pediatric residency at East Tennessee State University/Johnson City Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center from 2002-2005. She received her doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015.
Thoughts on being a Brown Scholar
Being a Brown Scholar was transformative for me. I was looking to expand my career options while still using my pediatric background, and being selected as a Brown Scholar made that possible. It was a unique opportunity because the seminars allowed the scholars to keep our fingers on the pulse of urban community health, particularly in Baltimore, while encouraging us to take advantage of the wide array of options available to us at the Bloomberg school. Studying at Hopkins as a Brown scholar heightened my sense of what public health practice and research can do to empower vulnerable populations and improve the quality of life for all populations.