Grace Ratcliff, MPH

Vanderbilt University Institute for Medicine and Public Health
Health Policy

What inspired you to study public health? 

While working in digital marketing, I had the opportunity to run ads for an MPH program and instantly feel in love with the opportunity to help people on a population level and give back to my community.

What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far? 

Working with the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Trauma Injury Prevention Program. I was able to go out into the community and assist with both education and providing items to give parents the skills to make a safer environment for their children.

Where did you do your practicum? What was it about? 

Working with GoCheck Kids, I compiled and analyzed school-based vision screening data collection requirements for all 50 states. Information that a large number of states had some form of data collection allowed us to complete a policy paper urging for a single source database on vision screening to help create better policy and improve health outcomes.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career? 

I hope to leave my community a more empowering and joyful place to live.


The more you understand the history of health systems, the better you can make changes.

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