Sharon Taylor

Sharon-Taylor-0874-1000pxProgram Coordinator
CARE – Yale School of Public Health
New Haven, CT

“Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day.”

Sharon Taylor’s interest in health disparities began long before she knew how to articulate the term. “I grew up in a town where there was very little ethnic diversity and many of my classmates were well-off,” she says. After enrolling in a private high school she saw differences in the education levels, job opportunities and health behaviors of those around her versus members of her own community. “To me, this gap represented more than a simple difference, but a true injustice.”

After earning her bachelor’s degree in community health and psychology at Tufts University and her MPH at the Yale School of Public Health, Taylor was able to articulate her personal experience within the realm of public health as racial and socio-economic disparities. Her personal need to fight these injustices directed her career path by doing true community health work as an outreach advocate.

Outside of the professional arena, Taylor loves to spend time with family. She has a love for learning about different cultures through travel, music and food. “Yes, I am self-proclaimed ‘foodie,’” she says.