Ariel Arthur is a passionate and engaged public health professional with a focus on issues of equity and justice. She graduated from The George Washington University in May 2014 with a BA in Biological Sciences and a minor in Public Health. While in college she developed a keen interest and commitment to eliminating barriers to optimal health for marginalized and disadvantaged communities, and chose to pursue a career in health equity. Ariel worked for over three years as a Health Policy Analyst with the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Office of Health Equity to reduce inequities throughout the commonwealth, and in the Chronic Disease Prevention Branch addressing issues of asthma and colon cancer. She currently serves as the Manager of the Center for Health Equity Transformation at the University of Kentucky, whose mission is to synergize innovative, transdisciplinary and impactful research and training to improve the health of the most vulnerable residents of Kentucky and beyond. Ariel is a California native and has also lived in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Now that she calls Kentucky home, she enjoys working to ensure all populations she serves achieve the highest level of wellbeing.