Tehya Boswell is a current Master of Public Health candidate at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is enrolled in the Population and Family Health Department with a certificate in the Epidemiology of Chronic Disease. She is most passionate about addressing the mental health gaps in communities of color both domestically and abroad.
To begin to address these health gaps, Tehya has developed the DNA (Diaspora Named and Archived) program. DNA is a storytelling project that will guide school-aged children as they interview older family members about their medical and social history, eventually developing a podcast of the material. The goal is to increase information about familial medical history in Black and Latinx groups that traditionally lack this valuable information. Tehya graduated cum laude from Kenyon College with a major in Psychology, a minor in Neuroscience, and a focus in public health and research.