Published: Oct. 6, 2021
Sravya Dhanwada

CU Boulder undergrad Sravya Dhanwada has been awarded the Student Leaders in Public Health Award from the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center. The goal of the Student Leaders in Public Health program is to enhance the public health workforce in the Rocky Mountain region, specifically in rural and underserved communities and populations, by supporting students conducting applied health projects and providing opportunities for mentoring and professional development. 

Sravya is studying biochemistry and public health.The project that gained her the accolade is focused on better understanding the role of Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) on health outcomes among unhoused individuals in the Denver metro area, focusing on groups overrepresented based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. GBI can shorten the path to stable housing, reduce income volatility, provide more opportunities for stable employment and improve the health of individuals experiencing homelessness. Sravya will be investigating how GBI impacts the health of individuals experiencing homelessness in Denver through the Denver Basic Income Project. 

To complete the project, Sravya will be working with Marissa Westbrook at the Center for Housing and Homelessness Research (CHHR) at the University of Denver, and Dr. Jill Litt, a professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder.