Empowering Tomorrow’s Healthcare Leaders Today

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion selected Butler University third-year physician assistant student Meredith Freeman to participate in the 10th annual Paul Ambrose Scholars Program.

From June 23-26, Freeman will join 45 other health professions students from across the country with similar interests in prevention education and health promotion for a leadership symposium in Washington, D.C.

While there, Freeman will tour Unity HealthCare’s Upper Cardozo Center to gain an understanding of a functioning interprofessional clinic. She will observe the successes and challenges of effective communication and cultural competence in a diverse setting.

The symposium is designed to guide participants in developing and implementing micro-grant funded, health education projects in their communities.

Freeman plans to create a human papillomavirus (HPV) education program for young women in Indianapolis public high schools. Her project goals include educational outreach that results in lower rates of sexually transmitted diseases and cervical cancer.

“I hope to empower young women so they seek ownership of personal health and lessen the stigma of seeking care for sexually related health concerns,” she said. Associate Professor Jennifer Snyder of the physician assistant program will mentor Freeman in the project.