"I applied because I spent the last year working for an arts organization. I wanted to be able to dive back into the healthcare world and build the foundational knowledge that I didn’t get to in my college years." - Amanda Newman
Amanda Newman, a civically-engaged artist and community organizer, is part of the 2015-16 Health for America fellowship team. Prior to joining the Health for America team, Amanda worked as an artist, facilitator, and communications coordinator at Dance Exchange, an intergenerational, community-engaged dance organization in Takoma Park, MD. As the project manager on the company’s major local engagement, New Hampshire Ave: This Is a Place To…, Amanda led a cohort of dance artists, visual artists, and musicians as well as a network of urban planners, community leaders, and local residents in leveraging the arts and community dialogue practices to address the unique needs and challenges of a region facing concerns of gentrification.
"I think the fellowship gives us unrivaled access to knowledge, people, and a deeper understanding of the system. You can't get an educational experience like this outside of school. I'm excited for the wealth of knowledge to be gained."
Before moving to Washington D.C., Amanda’s undergraduate career at the University of Utah provided ample opportunities to work in the intersection of the arts, community engagement, and public health. A range of internships funded by the College of Fine Arts and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program allowed Amanda to explore the impact of the arts on education, social justice movements, and community development. In 2013, while enrolled in the the University of Utah Honors College, Amanda co-founded Connect2Health, a student-led volunteer organization devoted to connecting underserved patients to social resources necessary for greater overall health. As Director, Amanda led an interdepartmental team of students, faculty, physicians, and hospital executives, successfully expanding the program to three clinic locations in Salt Lake City and over 75 volunteers. Amanda holds a B.F.A. in Modern Dance and a Minor in Psychology from the University of Utah, where she was the inaugural recipient of the University’s most prestigious student award, the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership.