Stories Beyond the Statistics from the American South

Claire Bunn

By Claire Bunn

Claire Bunn

Claire Bunn (she/her/hers; based in Athens, Georgia) is a senior undergraduate Foundation Fellow and Stamps Scholar at the University of Georgia majoring in genetics and minoring in statistics. She hopes to combine her interests in science and medicine with a passion for public health to work toward achieving health equity. At UGA, she serves as a campus tour guide, volunteers as a math tutor for children in the local community, and was named a 2021 Goldwater Scholar for her research efforts in bioinformatics and protein kinases on campus and developmental lung biology at Vanderbilt.


Raised in the Arkansas Delta, her interest in public health is fueled by health disparities in communities like her own. She aspires to be a physician-scientist with a focus on child and maternal health, advocating for increased healthcare access and equity for vulnerable populations.

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The past few months have underscored the importance of staying curious in all my endeavors.

"I think it’s really important that you’re involving people and asking the right questions, which isn’t just: “What’s going on,” but “Why is it going on?”"

Infant Mortality Rates by State

"With COVID, there has been an understanding of the importance of public health and what’s going on. There’s been an energizing advocacy of people demanding change."

a stack of books

These are just a few of my thought-provoking favorites from the past year detailing public health, life in the South, and people working to make positive change in the region.

Magnifying Glass

Today, CHCs are responsible for serving as the primary source of care for over 28 million patients in over 13,000 communities all across the nation. Yet these widespread facilities originated in the Mississippi Delta as an innovative solution to the health disparities plaguing the region.

A map of the Mississippi Delta

"There’s a lot more diversity in these places than I think people from the outside understand."

Public health and sociology fit together nicely to lead to better insights about health outcomes. (Image: Public Health via Shutterstock)

"Exploring those issues and how people have responded and what actions and strategies they’ve taken can be very illuminating, not just for the Delta, but for the country as a whole."

A map taken from the 2019 Annual Health Report of America’s Health Rankings showing the healthiest states (1) to the least healthy states (50). The majority of the least healthy states are centered in the Southern region of the United States, with all of the healthiest states located outside of the South.

Public health encompasses more than statistics; it is the lived experiences of individuals, families, and communities.

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