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Chase Brightwell

Chase Brightwell

Development and Communications Fellow, Global Health Corps

Gardens for Health International

Greater Boston Area

I’m a public health communications specialist working in Boston. Interests include: water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), evaluation of public health interventions, climate & health, social & environmental justice, disaster preparedness & response, and health equity. (Oh, mountains, singing, noodles, and doodling, too!)





My Motivation

I think the world would be a better place if there was a little more listening going on. I love Ashe's quote, but I interpret it as a call to understand the multifaceted perspectives of those who know far more than I do. Only by listening can we hope to truly hear and progress. Let's embrace uncertainty, challenge privilege, and be radical.

Gardens for Health International

Development and Communications Fellow, Global Health Corps

Gardens for Health works to integrate agriculture into the clinical treatment of malnutrition in Rwanda. Smart, just, community-driven solutions can grow and thrive just like our partners' gardens. And I'm continually driven by our motto: turi kumwe ('we are all together'). Every day I'm more inspired to combat environmental injustice through the lens of food equity!

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Collegiate Leader in Environmental Health

I was honored to spend some time at CDC, learning, learning, learning. I worked on a project interviewing and researching communities impacted by breaches in environmental justice, and simultaneously honed my comprehension of climate and health, emergency preparedness and response, and more!
I'm excited to spend more time in the Atlanta public health scene as I work toward my Master's of Public Health in Global Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, 2016-2018.


University of Richmond

Bachelor of Arts, Global Health and Journalism

My time at UR was utterly transformative. From singing in my a cappella group The Octaves, to learning about climate, health, sanitation, and social justice, to working in the Speech Center, to taking every trip possible, I cultivated a community of understanding peers and unparalleled experiences. I traversed the globe, from sugarcane fields in the Dominican Republic to (not quite) tiger sightings on the India-Nepal border, sunset trips up the mountains around Cape Town to karaoke shenanigans in Halong Bay, flat-footing in West Virginia to bayou exploration in Louisiana. There's so much that I don't know -- I'm an excited lifelong learner. (That's me giving the class of '15 Commencement Address)!

"If there's anything I want to do with my work, it's destroy boring. Boring is so violent; it makes it seem like the world is okay." -Janani Balasubramanian, @darkmatterpoetry