Katie Lei is the 2018-2019 Asian Health Equity Fellow. She is an MS/MPH candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Tufts University School of Medicine. Katie has extensive experience working with underserved communities. She worked with the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families in San Francisco, providing free out-of-school meals to youth 18 and under. Katie received her BS in Nutrition Science from the University of California, Davis.


Tufts CTSI and Tufts University School of Medicine Department of Public Health and Community Medicine offer a one-year (with potential for renewal) Asian Health Equity Fellowship.

The Asian Health Equity Fellowship provides the opportunity for a Tufts graduate student to learn about community-engaged research and partnership building with the Asian American community in Boston. Specifically, the fellow works with Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations Through Translational Research (ADAPT) to:

  • Support community-academic partnerships on Asian Health through research capacity building, resource-sharing and technical assistance/consultation
  • Collect, interpret, and disseminate accurate, disaggregated, representative data about the health status of Asian Americans
  • Conduct community forums to gather stakeholder feedback.

Who is eligible?

Candidates must be current Tufts University graduate students.


  • Collaborate with researchers and community partners to address Asian health disparities
  • Gain experience in partnership-building, community-based participatory research, project management, and implementation and evaluation


  • Support the Director and Program Manager to execute program goals and objectives
  • Work with community partners on projects
  • Develop materials for presentations, posters, and reports
  • Provide ADAPT administrative support
  • Attend monthly ADAPT meetings and working group meetings, as needed


  • Graduate student at Tufts University School of Medicine, Public Health Professional Degree Programs
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and maintain close communication with program leaders
  • Experience/interest in working with Asian American communities
  • Good sense of humor, flexibility, grace under pressure, and knows how to have fun!

The selected fellow will work five to seven hours per week for $15 per hour. Work-study students are encouraged to apply.

Download an Asian Health Equity Fellowship Flyer (PDF).