About Holly

Holly Peek is a student at Tulane University School of Medicine and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where she is anticipated to graduate in May 2012 with dual degrees, Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health concentrating in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama Honors Program in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in communication, concentrating in broadcast journalism. While in undergraduate school, Holly founded and wrote a bimonthly health column, In Good Health, for the university’s newspaper and she worked as a reporting intern for WALA Fox 10 News in Mobile, Alabama.

Holly is currently the originator, producer, and host of the health and medical radio segment, Holly on Health, for WTUL Radio, New Orleans on 91.5 FM, interviewing local, state, and national experts on health and healthcare related topics for Generation Y. In addition to her Holly on Health radio show, blog, and social networking sites, she is also a health columnist in The Hullabaloo, Tulane’s nationally award-winning student newspaper.

Holly has been involved in several public health initiatives in the city of New Orleans. She was co-organizer of Health Camp NOLA, a conference encouraging grassroots efforts to improve health and wellness in communities. She is a certified HIV counselor and for National HIV Testing Day, she was the volunteer recruitment and multi-site coordinator for HIV education and testing sites throughout the New Orleans metropolitan area. She was nominated to be a member of Exchange & Engage NOLA, a community team assessing ways in which the mayor of New Orleans and his administration can impact HIV prevention efforts, funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As an advocate of health care reform, Holly was one of 12 medical students chosen nationwide by the American Medical Student Association to attend the Paul C. Ambrose Health Care for All Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. where she lobbied for health care reform in the Washington offices of Louisiana’s senators and representatives. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Medical Student Association, Association of Women Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association.

Holly and her golden retriever, Ivy, founded Tulane’s pet therapy program, a service learning organization where medical students and their pets become certified by Therapy Dogs International as pet therapy teams for use in hospitals and nursing homes.

Through her radio show, blog, social network, and newspaper column, Holly is combining her passions for health, medicine, and journalism to present current, accurate, and relevant health and medical insights to the young adults of Generation Y in a way that’s easy to understand and accessible, in hopes of improving the health of her generation.

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