Health equity is the realization of equal and fair opportunities for all individuals to reach optimal health unhindered or disparately distributed based on social, cultural, economic, or other factors.
Paige Andrews is from Durham, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and majored in economics and mathematics with a health focus. After graduation, she worked as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Associate Program fellow in Guam on environmental sanitation regulation and implementation, infectious disease outbreak investigation, and emergency preparedness planning and response. She was also deployed to Liberia as a field epidemiologist to provide technical assistance during the 2014 to 2016 Ebola Outbreak. Paige then proceeded to complete her Master of Science in epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she researched HIV care access after incarceration. During her graduate studies, Paige was a data analyst for the County Health Rankings contributing to the evidence and discussion around upstream determinants of health and health disparities.