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09/07/2017

Blessing Falade, Health Sciences  

Blessing FaladeBlessing Falade is a senior at Baker College majoring in the Health Sciences and minoring in Sociology. After losing two important family members to cancer and pressing health issues, Blessing immediately developed a passion for healthcare and community health promotion. She became drawn to the field of public health when she realized it was an area she could merge her affinity for healthcare with the humanity of working alongside people. She wants more than just to evaluate people’s health but also examine the social, economical and political factors that determine their health.

After participating in the Community Bridges program her sophomore year and taking the accompanying class, “Inequality in Urban Life,” Blessing became starkly aware of the social inequalities that perpetuate the health disparities seen among minority populations in the U.S. As a result of her newfound academic interest, Blessing interned with MD Anderson’s Health Disparities department and she conducted field research about the intersection between faith and health in African American churches in the Greater Houston Area. The following spring, Blessing traveled to New Delhi, India; Cape Town, South Africa; and Sao Paulo, Brazil with SIT’s International Honors program where she studied health and community in these three radically different cultural contexts. During her time abroad, Blessing participated in preliminary research and analyzed ethical community engagement in the practice of public health. Moreover, she evaluated the social determinants of health that shape the nuanced healthcare systems in rural and urban areas in these countries.

Blessing will be concluding her time at Rice as a member of the Rice-UT Public Health Scholars Program as she works towards receiving her Masters of Public Health (MPH).  She is driven about education equity, housing equality and the impact of those factors on health outcomes of underserved communities. She hopes to merge these passions into a career path that will allow her to eventually work with and empower marginalized communities. She desires to members of these communities become pioneers of their health while fighting against systems that deter them from doing so.

Outside of academics, Blessing stays in touch with her Nigerian roots as part of the Rice African Student Association (RASA), where she currently serves as the Vice President. She is a student leader with the Baptist Student Ministry, a community that has been integral to her personal and spiritual development at Rice. She advised and later coordinated the Young Owls Leadership Program the summer of 2016. This spring, she will be staffing the annual leadership retreat, Impact, and sharing her experiences abroad as a Study Abroad Ambassador.

Blessing is a recipient of the Dean of Undergraduates Excellence in Leadership Award for her involvement in the Student Association and she was awarded the Friends-in-Deed Service Scholarship for her partnership with a grassroot organization in the Fifth Ward. She enjoys laughing, reading, photography and worshipping Jesus with her friends.

One of Blessing’s favorite quotes is, “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others.” Blessing is determined, through her academic and personal interests, to walk far with people and do life with them.