Ain Ealey is earning her M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Peabody College and Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include community health, artificial intelligence, and local culture preservation.
In 2021, Ain was recognized as one of Atlanta's’ 30 under 30 nonprofit leaders and recently placed 1st in the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance 2nd Annual Dr. Clifton K. Meador Health Equity Virtual Poster Session competition. Her poster titled, "Increasing Capacity and Wellbeing When Moving Beyond the Benefits Cliff" provides evidence that families require support to sustain their health and wellbeing after their benefits end because of an increase in family income.
A value that informs her health equity lens is a quote from Barbara Smith and the Combahee River Collective “Until Black Women Are Free, None of Us Will Be Free, - it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression." Celebrate Ain's accomplishments and view her poster presentation here.
The 2nd place winner was Samantha Benjamin of Meharry Medical College whose poster can be viewed here. Third place winner was Ashley Drengler from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. View her poster here.
About the Clifton K. Meador Lectureship Poster Session
Dr. Clifton K. Meador dedicated his life to improving health outcomes for historically excluded populations by providing and advocating for quality health care in marginalized communities. The poster session honors Dr. Meador's legacy by showcasing research that embodies his vision of equitable and accessible health care for all. Student posters that reflect research and/or programs dedicated to improving access to quality health care for the marginalized are eligible for submission.