FORA.tv Speaker - Corey Wiggins
Corey Wiggins is from Hazlehurst, Miss. He attended and graduated from Alcorn State University where he majored in Biology. During his undergraduate studies, he participated in various internships and fellowships at Fisk University, Vanderbilt, University of Rochester and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Corey has also completed a Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Health Policy. During this time, his thesis work included an exploratory work linking disparities of health to disparities of incarceration. His work was based on the context that both of these disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color arise from the same â€œpool of troublesâ€ that includes economic, social and political factors.
Before attending graduate school, Corey participated in the Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. As a scholar, Corey worked in the office of Senator Voinovich and presented a policy recommendation for addressing the problem of the uninsured in rural America. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham while working as a Program Manager of a national stroke study accessing Racial and Geographical Differences in Stroke (REGARDS). He is also CEO and co-founder of Executive Edge Investments, which promotes stock market education and investing for young African American men.
In continuing his love to reinvest in communities, he is currently involved in the planning stages of developing a nonprofit, Advocates for Exposure, which will expose kids from his hometown to colleges and other post high school programs.