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Emily McGee Named a 2022 Bloomberg Fellow

The Bloomberg Fellows Program provides world-class public health training to individuals engaged with organizations tackling critical challenges facing the United States.

HOK’s Emily McGee, Associate AIA, LEED GA, has been named a 2022 Bloomberg Fellow as part of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

McGee is an architect and healthcare designer working at the intersection of health, sustainability and the built environment. As a medical planner in HOK’s Washington, D.C., studio, she delivers design solutions that promote equity and bring access to quality care to medically underserved populations across the U.S.

Since 2017, McGee has designed over 1 million square feet of healthcare space. Her projects shape care delivery by providing patient-focused spaces that improve patient outcomes, enhance user experiences, and create healthier communities. Recent projects include the Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower in Pittsburgh.

As a fellow, McGee will be part of a 60-member cohort that will receive world-class public health training to tackle critical issues across the country. She has been awarded a full scholarship to earn a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and is one of six fellows who will be working in the area of environmental challenges.

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative was established in 2016 with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies in honor of the centennial of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through education, research and practice, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative works to tackle critical 21st-century challenges to health in the United States, aiming to improve health and save lives nationwide. The Initiative has since its founding emphasized advancing equity, using evidence and changing policy.

“At this critical moment for the health of our nation, we are excited to welcome this new class of Bloomberg Fellows to the School,” said Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, ScM. “Through the fellowship, we are looking forward to partnering with and strengthening great organizations across the country.”

“When we get COVID-19 under control, health disparities that were intensified by the pandemic will continue to persist, particularly among the most vulnerable,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, and WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries. “We need a greater commitment than ever to closing these gaps so that people can live longer, healthier lives. This new class of fellows will go on to do life-saving work in communities across the country—and I look forward to watching them in action.”

Earlier this year, McGee was one of just three people to be honored with an American Institute of Architects Associates Award recognizing her outstanding leadership, creativity and significant contributions to her community and the architecture profession.

Launched in 2017, the Bloomberg Fellows Program provides full scholarships for full- or part-time study. Fellows are supported by their current employers, which become collaborating organizations that play an important role in the program. Upon completion of their degrees, fellows agree that they will work for their employer for at least one additional year.

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