The Gregory Shapen Public Health Fellowship

Explore a Career in Public Health

The Gregory Shapen Public Health Fellowship is a summer fellowship intended to encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented populations (Black/Indigenous/People of Color (BIPOC), low-income, LGBTQIA+) to apply for employment and pursue careers in public health or community medicine. Up to six qualified applicants will be selected for the fellowship. Howard Brown Health’s Center for Education Research and Advocacy (ERA) will offer a community-based comprehensive experience working in an LGBTQ+ focused health center to encourage professional development of future leaders and provide training in project management skills in public health and the nonprofit sector.

The Shapen Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for underrepresented students to learn project management skills. Program directors offer a menu of projects available to fellows over the course of their summer and will strive to match projects with students’ selected areas of interest.

2024 Program Timeline


Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled Spring 2024 (and not graduating Spring 2024) or students who are planning to enroll Fall 2024 are invited to apply. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please reach out.

Howard Brown Health encourages applications from LGBTQIA+ BIPOC students who are interested in public health, research, and working in community health.

Application Requirements

Apply to the Shapen Fellowship

The Shapen Fellowship application is currently closed.

Questions? Reach out to Gabriella Mulder, Training Specialist I, and Cec Hardacker, Director of Education, by emailing

About Greg Shapen

Greg Shapen was a Howard Brown employee who died of AIDS-related complications in 1990. His parents, George and Juanita, wanted to ensure that Greg’s contributions were remembered, and so established this fellowship to keep the memory of their son alive in perpetuity.

Greg worked as a walk-in clinic manager at Howard Brown, where he met his partner, John Weldt. When Greg was diagnosed with AIDS, he told John “I want a house and a dog before I die.” They bought a three-flat in Andersonville and Greg adopted a Dalmatian that he named Daisy. “Howard Brown was the center of our lives,” John said, remembering that the staff threw them a dog shower.
Greg will be remembered for his thoughtfulness and generosity. As the end of his life neared, Greg gave those he loved keepsakes by which to remember him. Greg gave his father a beloved tie that he still wears once a year.


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