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Michelle Taylor

You have to help people where they live to effect any kind of real change. 

Michelle Taylor
PhD'15, MD, MS

Michelle Taylor - PhD Brown Scholars Alumni


Just before she moved to Baltimore, Michelle Taylor worked briefly with an 18-year-old female patient at the Memphis Children’s Clinic. The young woman needed to get her weight under control. A month after the first visit, she returned. She had faithfully followed Taylor’s request to keep a food and exercise diary. And she lost some weight.

Taylor was encouraged by the small success, but she wants to multiply that result a thousand-fold. She thinks a special diet application on mobile devices, for example, could help people track what they eat. Another possible solution: classes for the community on how to grow and prepare fresh food. Such programs, she says, could yield many success stories.

As a Brown Scholar, Taylor built on the resources provided by the Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health and the Urban Health Institute to develop a Baltimore-based adolescent obesity treatment and prevention program.

The Brown Scholarship, Taylor says, was key to her decision to pursue a doctoral program at Johns Hopkins: “The idea that it encourages community health research among its recipients gives me a unique opportunity to tackle an issue that plagues urban communities across the country, an issue that I faced each and every day in clinical practice.”