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Dornsife Ambassadors

The Dornsife Ambassadors are student representatives from the full-time MPH program at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with our ambassadors at class visits, open houses, virtual sessions and accepted students days. Dornsife Ambassadors are also available to contact prospective students and help provide any guidance and advice throughout the admissions process. Learn more about our students and their experiences below.

For more information or to speak with an ambassador contact:

Nakia Jones
Assistant Director of Admissions
267.359.6092
naj45@drexel.edu


Zora Adams-Williams

Zora Adams-Williams
Ithaca, NY
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Zora

Life at Dornsife: I chose the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) for its social justice and human rights approach to public health issues which is reflected in DSPH events, faculty, staff, and student opportunities. An advantage of the school is its smaller size allowing faculty and staff to get to know students. I’m constantly validated for having made the right choice to come to DSPH due to motivating speaker events, stimulating conversations in class, learning about faculty’s strong ties to local organizations, volunteering at events, and discussions with prospective students.

Practicum: As maternal health research assistant at the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, I researched culturally competent postpartum depression programs to share with a high-risk minority group, Jewish Orthodox women in Philadelphia. My practicum involved translating innovative postpartum depression programs into practice, addressing the needs of the high-risk group.

Integrated Learning Experience: I will be working at the Community Wellness Hub, a community-based, Drexel affiliated health clinic, developing a women’s health program informed by an assessment of women’s health needs from community leaders and women’s health leaders.

Alia Barnes

Alia Barnes
Raleigh, North Carolina
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Alia

Life at Dornsife: I have an active role within Dornsife SPH, serving as an Executive Board Member for our Student Government Organization and other student organizations. As a student within the SPH, there are an abundance of resources available that cultivates my growth as a professional.

Practicum: I went to Senegal as a Dornsife Global Development Scholar to work with Sanitation efforts in rural towns.

Integrated Learning Experience: "I am the Quality Improvement Intern at WillsEye Hospital, working with hospital administration to improve patient safety, satisfaction, and proper infection control measures are taken. Through data collection and monitoring, reports are compiled and shared with the hospital's patient safety and infection control committee".

Maggie Beverly

Maggie Beverly
Arlington, MA
MPH, Community Health and Prevention

About Maggie

Life at Dornsife: The first semester when I started to take intro courses, especially Prevention Practices and Principals, I really started to get excited about life at Dornsife because I saw just how passionate my professors and current classmates were about the same issues I felt so passionate about! I love the fact that Dornsife is founded on the belief that health is a human right and can see how that belief is woven into the curriculum of all class you take at Dornsife!

Practicum: For my Practicum, I worked at MET, a community organization working in Mantua, on their WorkReady Summer program for youth which provides work opportunities to 100 youth as well as weekly training on professional development.  I have developed and taught a research and data in public health training to go along with their professional development training. I also created a pre and post test to evaluate the entire program. My adviser and I realized this project was so big that we've turned it into my Integrated Learning Experience or second year project!

Integrated Learning Experience: I will be doing a quantitative analysis of the pre and post test as well as a qualitative analysis of weekly discussion questions the program has collected. I will make a tool kit/manual for the program evaluation so the program staff can have a sustainable evaluation tool in place for future years.

Cecelia Harrison

Cecelia Harrison
Roxbury, NJ
MPH, Epidemiology (with a minor in Infectious Disease Prevention and Control)

About Cecelia

Life at Dornsife: Joining Public Health in Action, Dornsife's student lead advocacy group, gave me new insight into the power of being a public health professional and citizen. I learned how policy impacts our everyday lives and how we have the power to influence policy through engaging with our representatives and joining interest groups. Overall, the experience has made me more aware of just how vast public health can be.

Practicum: Clinical Research Assistant at The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia working on the Take Charge 2.0!

Integrated Learning Experience: I am interning with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Infection Prevention and Control where I am examining their MRSA Clearance Data and exploring which anatomical sites lead to the best detection methods. This opportunity allows me to gain expertise in the field of Infection Prevention and Applied Epidemiology as it applies to pediatric healthcare.

Madison Kramer

Madison Kramer
Lumberton, NJ
MPH, Health Management and Policy

About Madison

Life at Dornsife: "Being at one of the top public health schools in the country has granted me countless opportunities to ignite my passion of becoming a public health professional. The cohesiveness, diversity, and pride at Dornsife is what makes me proud to be a Drexel Dragon."

Practicum: Asthma Team Intern at the American Lung Association

Integrated Learning Experience: I am interning with CHOP's Community Asthma Prevention Program doing health policy work for asthmatic children in West Philadelphia.

Abigail Mudd

Abigail Mudd
Baltimore, MD
MPH, Epidemiology

About Abigail

Life at Dornsife: I think one of my most meaningful moments at Dornsife was when professors would start class by discussing current events, letting us air our fears and concerns, and then discussing how we may move forward in uncertain times. We do not learn, live, or work in a bubble.

Practicum: I am doing my practicum at St. Christopher's Children's Hospital with Dr. Gould, the infectious disease epidemiologist at St. Christopher’s Children Hospital. I am running analyses on a Multidrug Resistant Organism Database, looking for trends over the past 8 years. I am also working at the Public Health Department in the Tuberculosis Control Program. I am creating and analyzing a database on pediatric TB in Philadelphia. One of these two projects will become my Masters Project.

Integrated Learning Experience: I am working at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in Tuberculosis Control. I am using the tuberculosis (TB) surveillance data from 2011 to now to investigate immigrant pediatric tuberculosis in Philadelphia. Those who have immigrated to this country or have at least one parent born outside the U.S. have a higher rates of TB than those born in this country with U.S.-born parents. Children are more likely to have TB disease outside the lungs, presenting with unusual symptoms, are difficult to obtain cultures from, and are difficult to diagnose. As children can progress to severe disease rapidly, this delay in diagnosis and treatment can have catastrophic outcomes. My project is investigating the association between country/WHO region of origin of foreign-born children or parents and time since entry to the U.S. to the location of TB disease in children. I hope this to be a tool in to aid in the earlier identification of pediatric TB and to help us better understand the epidemiology of pediatric TB in Philadelphia.

Allie Raevsky

Allie Raevsky
Holland, Pennsylvania
MPH, Community Health and Prevention
(with a minor in Maternal and Child Health)

About Allie

Life at Dornsife: I have had a phenomenal experience thus far as a student as the Dornsife School of Public Health. The faculty, professors, and your peers are all available and willing to guide you and help you succeed in your studies and future career. In addition, there are tons of potential practicum and Integrated Learning Experience opportunities readily available to you via Drexel’s Symplicity website or with the help of Caroline (practicum coordinator). Having various forms of support and access to potential jobs makes the experience that much easier and more exciting!

Practicum: For my practicum, I worked at MANNA. MANNA is a non-profit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people in the Greater Philadelphia area who are battling life-threatening illnesses. MANNA provides patients with 3 meals, 7 days a week. The meals are based on a 6-week menu cycle, with a different menu for each of the 11 different diet modifications. The menu had not been updated in years, therefore my project was to update the menu according to the various diet modifications that MANNA offers.

Integrated Learning Experience: I will be working with a professor in the Drexel College of Nursing on her nurse home visiting program for low-income women with gestational diabetes. Specifically, I will be looking at how diet influences gestational diabetes amongst women with a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

Katherine Roshak

Katherine Roshak
Norristown, Pennsylvania
MPH, Epidemiology

About Katherine

Life at Dornsife: "Dornsife is a very welcoming community! I began to feel a part of the school when members of my cohort and I would work together in the student collab. Also, being a part of intramural sports is a great way to de-stress with your classmates!"

Practicum: Pfizer: Medical Scientist for the Inflammation & Immunology Global Medical Affairs team

Integrated Learning Experience: I am completing my Integrated Learning Experience at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where I will be researching Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their effect on health outcomes in early childhood through adolescence.

Velton W. Showell IV

Velton W. Showell IV
Pembroke Pines, FL
MPH, Epidemiology

About Velton

Life at Dornsife: Life at Dornsife is all about what you make it. There are many opportunities to take advantage of as long as you are proactive. As students seeking professional degrees it is important to be engaged not only in the classroom, but within the school as well. It is also important for us to maintain a healthy balance socially, because the students, faculty, and staff will all be our colleagues in due time.

Practicum: For my practicum I worked as a Research Assistant on the I3 (IBD Immunology Initiative) research study at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital- Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. I learned the ins and outs of conducting a study from patient enrollment to data management. This experience put into practice much of what we learned in our first year of this program and helped me to better understand how to conduct human subject centered research.

Integrated Learning Experience: I will be continuing to work as a Research Assistant with the I3 research team this fall, and conducting my data analysis to assess the impact of an IBD Epic Smart Form on compliance with recommended IBD best practice.

Kristina Thompson

Kristina Thompson
Vallejo, CA
MPH, Health Management and Policy
(minor in Global Health)

About Kristina

Life at Dornsife: One of the things that stands out most to me about my time here at Dornsife School of Public Health, is the collaborative atmosphere. So many people are willing to help you as you navigate classes, seek out research projects and opportunities for professional development. Being fully involved in the University has truly made my experience in graduate school more fulfilling. I've met some great colleagues and built relationships that will last a lifetime.

Practicum: AmeriHealth Caritas, Health Policy Department- policy analyst

Integrated Learning Experience: I will be working with AmeriHealth Caritas in the Government Affairs and Policy department on a project centered around Health literacy for Medicaid Populations in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone.

Nguyen Tran

Nguyen Tran
Houston, TX
MPH, Epidemiology

About Nguyen

Life at Dornsife: Meeting some amazing friends and colleagues. Pursuing my research interests in HIV/AIDS, STI and sexual behaviors.

Practicum: Our goal is to collect, analysis, and disseminate evidence-based information on opioid, alcohol, and marijuana misuse in Pennsylvania.

Integrated Learning Experience: My Integrated Learning Experience is characterizing STI positivity among MSM patients at Drexel Medicine's Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice.