Connecticut Children’s Announces Recipients of 2017 Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowships

For Immediate Release: May 9, 2017
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Monica Buchanan, Director of Community & Media Relations
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Debra Dudack, Communications Specialist
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Hartford, CT. – The Connecticut Children’s Injury Prevention Center is proud to announce the four outstanding women who will receive The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship for the summer of 2017.

Those fellows are Natalie Fulco, Ashley Mulryan, Grace Nichols, and Aziz Sandhu. They were selected from an impressive pool of college applicants and will spend their summer studying injury and violence prevention from Connecticut Children’s faculty who are national experts in the field. In addition, they will have the opportunity to learn from staff members in different clinical areas at Connecticut Children’s and will work to develop and implement a community project that is focused on injury and violence prevention.

Natalie Fulco, of Rocky Hill, will start her junior year at Fairfield University this fall. Fulco is a biology major who plans to pursue medical school upon graduation. “This fellowship would not only be a rewarding and gratifying experience but also an unforgettable opportunity to work with leading experts in the field of child injury and violence prevention,” wrote Fulco in her application. “To conduct this work in Hayley’s name would not only be an incredible honor but also a tribute to the Petit family.”

Ashley Mulryan, of Glastonbury, just graduated from the University of Connecticut. She majored in allied health sciences and plans to become a pediatric physician assistant. Mulryan developed an early interest in injury prevention when her father was seriously hurt after falling from scaffolding that was two stories tall. “I firmly believe that this fellowship will provide more insight on how and why prevention is vital in today’s healthcare system,” Mulryan wrote in her application. “I believe it is possible that injuries can be fully preventable if the right measures are taken, just as it could have with my dad.”

Grace Nichols, of Wethersfield, will be a sophomore at the University of Connecticut this fall. She plans to major in biomedical engineering with a goal of working in the healthcare field. “My passion for learning, problem-solving skills, and desire to make a difference have all drawn me towards the Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship,” wrote Nichols in her application. “If accepted, I hope to achieve with my peers what those working in the healthcare field do each day: being a part of something much greater than ourselves.”

Aziz Sandhu, of Tolland, will be a junior at the University of Connecticut in the fall. She is pursuing a degree in molecular and cell biology and plans to earn a masters degree in public health and attend either medical or law school. “This is such an incredible opportunity for me to utilize and learn from many different clinical disciplines and expand on my knowledge of public health and community outreach,” wrote Sandhu in her application. “I also really identify with the mission of the fellowship program, which is to empower and uplift young women as catalysts for change and a sense of responsibility towards their community, in the memory of Hayley Petit.”

Support for The Hayley Petit Injury and Violence Prevention Fellowship is provided by the Petit Family Foundation which honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives.

The fellowships will run from May 15, 2017 through June 23, 2017.

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children. Connecticut Children’s is a nationally recognized not-for-profit with a medical staff of more than 1,000 providing comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.

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