A social-behavioral researcher by training, Susan brings experience utilizing community-based participatory methods to address health disparities afflicting refugee and immigrant communities. She is passionate about creating social and physical environments that support the health and well-being of marginalized communities. Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies with a minor in Public Health from the University of California Los Angeles. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Susan Hagos, a Refugee Health Graduate Fellow with the UCSD Center for Community Health’s Refugee Health Unit, was chosen as a State Fellow for the Women’s Foundation of California’s Women’s Policy Institute (WPI). She will be working on the Health team.

WPI-State is a renowned year-long program designed to train community-based leaders in California in public policy advocacy. Through this experiential training fellowship, Susan will work with a team to learn about the policy process and research and develop a policy advocacy project (usually a state bill). In addition, she will have the opportunity to develop relationships with key state policymakers, government employees and allied advocates; select a bill to support or develop; and implement an advocacy plan to move the bill through the legislature.

The WPI-State Class of 2018 consists of six teams working in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice, health, reproductive justice, reproductive rights, and trauma justice. This year’s class is one of the most diverse in WPI history: 80% of fellows are people of color and a third are queer or identify as something other than heterosexual. Fellows range in age from 21 to 53. The goal of WPI is to increase the number and capacity of visionary leaders, their organizations and their communities so that they can become actively involved in shaping and implementing policies that affect the lives of disadvantaged communities. Since 2003, WPI has trained over 400 grassroots leaders throughout California in public policy advocacy at the state level.


Learn more about the Women’s Policy Institute here.


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