School/college: SSW ’18, SPH ’19
Program: MSW, MPH
Fulbright Country: Mexico
Project Title: African Immigration in Mexico: A public health needs assessment
Madeline Ray has her BA in Anthropology from Brown University (2010), and her MSW (’18) and MPH (’19) from Boston University. Her diverse interests include health equity, indigenous health, immigrant and refugee health, and language inclusion. Madeline got her start in public health working on overdose prevention for Rhode Island Hospital. She has worked as a translator for IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social), the largest public health institution in Latin America; and as a consultant for Mexico’s National Public Health Institute (Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública). She has worked on the Navajo Nation, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and in Kenya, Mexico, and the US. She is a white American born and raised in New England, and is privileged to have partnered with communities globally and nationally working towards health equity. She currently lives in Chicago and works as an evaluator at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, as well as in social work and mutual aid.
For her Fulbright project, she hopes to partner again with Mexico’s National Public Health Institute to better understand the experiences and health needs of African migrants traveling to and through Mexico.