BS in Public Health Policy & Management, Purdue University, 2016
China Hawkins is a passionate public health professional and a Research Associate with the Department of Health Policy and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health. As a Research Associate, she works with the Mindful Living Lab on research projects that utilize mindfulness and mobile health technology to increase rates of smoking cessation in underrepresented populations.
Previously, China worked in infectious disease prevention where she used epidemiology and surveillance to capture data on disease prevalence in underrepresented communities within Atlanta, GA. This data was later used to inform and create initiatives that increased disease awareness, improved health literacy through education and ultimately decreased rates of infection. She was also involved in clinical outcomes, community outreach and engagement and policy implementation.
China has previous research experience as an international undergraduate researcher at Purdue University where she conducted research on infant mortality, quality of medical services in private vs public healthcare settings and improving health literacy in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also assisted in a research study in Beijing, China that focused on incorporating access to healthcare in rural China through healthcare technology.
China’s public health interests include healthcare policy and reform, program implementation and sustainability and utilizing technology to improve access to healthcare. Her ultimate goal is for everyone to have equal access to quality healthcare.