Originally from Savannah, GA, Antony eventually made his way to the west coast to complete his bachelor’s degree in Integrative Biology and minor in Global Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Soon after, Antony was heavily involved in research at UCSF on contextual factors that affect health outcomes among primary care adults and public service under nonprofit organizations and local public health departments as an AmeriCorps member. Inspired by this post-baccalaureate experiences, he chose to complete his Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with an Advanced Certificate in Child, Youth, and Family Health. His motivation to study public health stems from the narratives of individuals who represent underserved communities that he carries with him. This motivation has driven him to dedicate his career goals towards understanding health disparities through the lens of social epidemiology and closing these gaps, especially in the context of injury and violence issues. Upon completion of his Master of Public Health degree, Antony sought after opportunities to further expand his interests and understanding of injury and violence. Through the ASPPH/CDC Public Health Fellowship, he hopes to do just that, while also building new technical skills as a new epidemiologist.
Antony’s assignments focus on online and technology-facilitated interpersonal violence prevention. Specifically, his work plan includes conducting a scoping review of online/technology-facilitated interventions for interpersonal violence prevention; collaborating in the formal testing and development of online/offline community violence prevention messages; and conducting an environmental scan of measures/indicators and secondary data sources related to online/technology-facilitated violence. This work will serve as a foundation and support for multiple priority projects, teams, and projects. His work will inform new and ongoing work around online/virtual spaces and potential research and future surveillance projects related to online/technology-facilitated violence and online communities for violence prevention.