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Erie County Public Health Corps Fellowship Program

Program Overview

The New York State Public Health Corps (NYSPHC) Fellowship Program in Erie County provides recent college graduates and newer professionals interested in public health with the opportunity to gain professional experience in the public health field. Fellows have placements at the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and community-based organizations, where they work on public health initiatives that are meaningful to them. This fellowship connects applicants with public health projects and roles, providing direct experience in ways few other programs can.

The Fellowship Program is perfect for professionals who want to get started in public health. Through this program, they will gain essential skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in their chosen career. What sets this fellowship apart is a mentorship program, which pairs each fellow with an experienced professional who provides guidance, advice and support. With a mentor's help, fellows explore new perspectives and ideas for their projects. 

How to Apply for the Public Health Corps Fellowship Program

View and apply for fellowship opportunities

Meet the Fellows

Pictures and bios of the fellows


Public Health Fellows at Ride for Roswell

Public Health Fellows at Ride for Roswell
  • Public Health Corps Graduate Fellow Lillian Dragana-Cardona, M.S. co-authored a position paper for the Association of Perinatal Networks of NY, “Assessing Outcomes Associated with Short Term Community Health Worker Interventions.” The paper provides a blueprint for successful strategies to highlight benefits of Community Health Workers so reimbursement is achievable. There is growing evidence of benefit and value of Community Health Workers with disease states, especially the maternal child arena. The piece was published, presented and distributed at the New York State Perinatal Association Conference. Dragana-Cardona is a fellow at the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network.
  • Erie County Public Health Fellow, Parveen Attai, MPH, prepared a poster presentation on “Developing a model to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake among vaccine-hesitant populations in Erie County” at the November 2022 conference for all Public Health Fellows held in Albany, NY.
  • Other Erie County Public Health Fellows had a strong showing at the fall 2022 in Albany. They heard presentations on building resilience in public health and saw projects from fellows across NY State.
Puboc Health Fellows at Pride

Public Health Fellows Isabel Fontanez-Cirilo, El Tyner and Amber Whiteside participated in the 2023 Buffalo Black & Latino Pride Festival on July 23, presented by Upstate NY Black and Latino Pride.

In the NewsPicture Parveen

  • 5/11/2023: Grassroots Gardens food justice organizer and policy fellow Adamaah Grayse was interviewed for this Spectrum News story on solutions for areas of Buffalo that lack access to fresh, healthy and affordable food.
  • 10/13/2022: From the University at Buffalo: WNY COVID-19 Collaborative establishes 10 public health fellowships 
  • 11/3/2022: Literacy Buffalo Niagara Marketing and Outreach Manager Marissa Colosanti, a NYSPHC fellow, appeared on WBFO to speak about health literacy. This was part of a joint project with ECDOH to raise awareness about personal and organizational health literacy. 


Tania Islam, MPH 
Senior Health Program Coordinator 
New York State Public Health Corps Fellowship Program 
Erie County Department of Health 
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 858-1852
Fax: (716) 858-8701