Monique Scott - 2024 Graduate Hood Recipient

Monique Scott

Monique Scott - Master of Public Health

Monique Scott decided to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at SF State after
seeing structural and systemic health disparities affect her community. During the pandemic,
she became a resource navigator and case manager for individuals exposed to COVID-19 and
saw how disparities impacted marginalized residents, she wanted to make a larger impact. She
became interested in the social determinants of health and how prevention programs could
more effectively help communities.

At SF State, she explored her passion for research with the Health Equity Institute. Her assessment of participation of food establishments in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) in urban university settings significantly influenced a statewide campaign to enhance access to SNAP benefits at CSU campuses. She also published research on navigating nutrition inequities among pregnant and postpartum mothers and children in BIPOC communities.

While at SF State, she was a Climate Action Fellow, a Graduate Equity Fellow and a President
Leadership Fellow. She authored, published and presented her research at multiple local and
national conferences. She also participated in the University’s Earth Week 2024.

After graduation, she will continue learning and applying her skills in research, writing and coordination to address health equity in the Bay Area. She plans to continue participating in
strategies for community and policy-level interventions for marginalized communities of color.