Brittnie Bloom, MS, is a PhD student in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Global Health track. She is working with Dr. Jennifer Wagman and her research interests include intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, health education, and policy and intervention strategies.
Brittnie is a San Diego native, and completed her BA in Psychology and English with a minor in Counseling and Social Change from SDSU. Her experience as a McNair Scholar and working alongside other first generation, low-income, or otherwise underrepresented students sparked her interest in social change, advocacy, and public health. As a McNair Scholar, she was able to work on a project related to planned teen pregnancy, which became the common thread to her future research and community-based interests in violence prevention, IPV, SA, and health education. She earned her MS in Public Health in Community Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles with a specialization in Health Promotion and Education. There were ample opportunities for Brittnie to pursue her interests at UCLA, where she served in leadership positions with the Reproductive Health Interest Group, Sex and Cookies, and the Coalition Against Human Trafficking. She was also involved in research projects dedicated to improving the identification, treatment, and referral processes for both survivors of IPV and human trafficking, and for healthcare providers who provide healthcare services to women of reproductive age.
Most recently, Brittnie has volunteered with the Center for Community Solutions as a part of their Sexual Assault Response Team where she provided advocacy and referral services to survivors of sexual assault and IPV. She has also worked as the Program Manager for SDSU’s NIH-funded Inititives for Maximizing Student Development Program where she works with underrepresented students in STEM-fields to obtain admission into PhD programs. She looks forward to conducting research on topics related to sexual assault and IPV in specific populations in the US and abroad, such as university students and seekers of healthcare services, and examine how community and policy interventions impact health outcomes. In her career, she plans to combine her passion for academia and research while adhering to her conviction to remain engaged in the community through nonprofit organizations ad volunteering.