Joshua Hollabaugh

Joshua Hollabaugh, HSPH

Joshua Hollabaugh, HSPH

Growing up on a small farm in rural Oregon, Josh quickly learned the value of resilience facing the unique joys and hardships of living and working in rural America. He attended Case Western Reserve University where he graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Biology with minors in Chemistry, and Religious Studies. Following his second year of college he took a leave of absence to work with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions rebuilding homes in the Shu’fat Refugee Camp, before working with a community organization in Kabula, Kenya to help establish a HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing program. Through these experiences he came to appreciate the depth social and economic factors produce and perpetuate illness and inequity. Subsequently he enrolled in a unique experiential based study abroad program investigating international development and globalization across four continents.
Upon graduation he returned home to manage his family’s farm, before accepting a fellowship with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Associate Program. He was assigned to the Marion County, Oregon health department for two years working on projects from immunizations, and diabetes prevention to community health assessments, and strategic planning. Following his fellowship he enrolled at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. During his time in medical school his girlfriend was diagnosed with leukemia, before passing away in April 2015. Supporting her he saw how care is too often restricted, and the barriers she and other patients face in receiving appropriate care. This experience solidified his interest in addressing the systemic challenges that prevent good health, and proper care in our nation. He is parlaying this passion towards a MPH in Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.