Elayne Ostot: Waxahachie, TX

Elayne Otstot is the author of Public Health Girl, a website detailing public health in our current political climate. She is a member of the University of Texas at Arlington’s inaugural Bachelor of Science in Public Health class. Passionate about educating people about the challenges that many people with disabilities face on the daily basis, Elayne has also written for her university’s newspaper the Shorthorn, and served as a representative for the Office of Students with Disabilities to the student government at the University of Texas at Arlington.

During her time as a representative for students with disabilities, Elayne addressed issues with transportation and safety, as well as advocated for an increase in the number of counseling and support staff on campus to aid students with psychological and other disabilities during their time at UTA.

Recently, she has worked with the American Cancer Society for its Mission: HPV Cancer Free program to design and present an accessible and educational seminar to UTA students about the importance of HPV awareness and address many of the issues surrounding barriers to vaccinations.

Elayne believes that the Coelho Center Law Fellowship is an important building block to her goal of working in public health law and policy. She fully believes that the fellowship provides her with additional advocacy and leadership skills to aid her in giving back to her community.'

Elayne Ostot on her experience in the Law Fellows Program:

The Coelho Center Fellowship has been influential in allowing me to explore the intersections of policy and law. The fellowship has provided me with resources to assist me in furthering my education beyond just public health. Through this experience, I've been able to see just how policies like the American's With Disabilities act influence my community.