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Fall 2016

Shout outs: Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships

This fall, Yasin Khan, MPH ’14 began the American Indian Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellowship for Sustainable Development in India. She is working with The Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance, a public health NGO, to improve the health of tea farming communities in Darjeeling, India. Immediately after graduation, Khan was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to begin studying Urdu in Lucknow, India. The following year she continued her intensive Urdu study as an American Institute for India Studies (AIIS) Urdu Fellow. She also worked with Dr. Jennifer Taylor’s FEMA funded research team to assess safety culture within the US Fire Service. Khan says: “I’m so excited to be combining my background in Occupational Health and Safety with Urdu/Hindi language skills to improve the health conditions of workers and their families.”

Neal Goldstein, PhD ’15 won the 2016 Tyroler Student Prize Paper Award from the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas. His paper, “The racial disparity conundrum of HIV risk among men who have sex with men: Bayesian approaches for correcting estimates of risk”, was presented at the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas meeting held in Miami in June. The meeting is held only once every five years and is the primary gathering for around 1,700 of the top researchers, educators and policy makers in the epidemiology. An article related to this research method was published in the September issue of Epidemiology.

Meghan Kirk, MS Epidemiology ’16, won an award from the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities to attend their April meeting in Long Beach, CA, and present her poster, “Racial and ethnic differences in licensing and police-reported crashes among adolescents and young adults.” Kirk is conducting this project in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Kathryn McNamara, MPH ’17, received a 2015-2016 Graduate Student Scholarship from the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP) at the Green Smarts Party in Philadelphia in April. Her research is examining radiation doses received by local nuclear power plant workers in an attempt to better understand their attendant health risks. She also supports the Drexel Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication as graduate research assistant.

2000-2010

Sonia Frazier, MPH ’00 works for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as an accreditation manager and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the accreditation process for organizations.

Juanita A. Gardner, MPH ’05 is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. Prior to this, she worked as a Physician Assistant and team member for the National Health Service of Scotland developing asthma/COPD programs in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Salimah El-Amin, DrPH, MPH '05 In January, Salimah El-Amin was appointed Associate Director for the Global Inequality Research Initiative at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. Prior to her appointment, El-Amin was a Senior Research Associate at the Center. She earned her DrPH in 2011 from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The Global Inequality Research Initiative is an interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research initiative that emphasizes a judicious application of mixed methods from the social sciences, both quantitative and qualitative, and the treatment of representation and identity from the humanities.

Aeleia Patricia Sanderson, MD, MPH ’06 is getting ready to move to Alabama for a medical fellowship.

Gregory D. Benjamin, PhD, MPH ’06 earned a doctorate in Public Policy with a concentration in health policy at the University of Delaware in 2012. After working as a director for a non-profit and adjunct teaching at night, he decided to move full-time into teaching. In August 2015, Dr. Benjamin joined Temple University’s College of Public Health as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Currently Dr. Benjamin enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as designing and teaching advanced epidemiology courses in-classroom and online. Dr. Benjamin is also co-authoring an undergraduate textbook focusing on disease prevention and control in public and community health. While his passion is teaching, he is also engaged in research, including working with behaviorally bisexual Latino men and learning how they and their primary care physician interact, focusing on the identification, treatment and prevention of physical and mental health diseases.

Barbara Lynn Bungy, MPH ’07 was recently appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Philadelphia Fight Community Health Centers.

Gaurang Gujarathi, MD, MPH ’07 graduated medical school in 2011 and went on to complete his residency training in Internal Medicine in Chicago. He is currently a second year cardiology fellow and will complete his fellowship in July of 2017.

Lilliam Ambroggio, PhD ‘12, MPH ’08 is conducting research in respiratory infectious diseases in children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Her main focus is improving diagnostic tools for children with pneumonia.

Komal Gujarathi, MPH ’08 is working as an environmental and occupational health software consultant at Medgate. As a subject matter expert in the field of environmental and occupational health, she implements Industrial Hygiene, Safety, Ergonomics and Environmental software solutions. This includes providing services such as implementation planning, work process review, and training.

Monique Simone Shaw, MPH ’09 is the MPH program coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. She engages with students at all levels – prospective students, current students and alumni. Additionally, she manages student recruitment, supports the admission process and maintains required paperwork for accreditation purposes. She is also a doctoral student in the Health Policy program at the University of the Sciences.

Amber E. Sterling, MPH ’09 is a project manager at the National Quality Forum working on strategic health policy issues related to quality measurement and CMS payment/reporting programs.

Erin Andrews, MPH ’10 completed her doctorate in public health in Epidemiology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in May 2016.

2011

2011 Teresa V. Lamore, MPH ’11, in addition to working at Merck, serves on the board of Catholic Social Services, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Incorporated - PA Chapter and is the current President for Building a Bridge to Uganda. In the midst of doing all this, she is planning for her fall nuptials.

Angus Shieh, MPH ’11 is the Product Manager at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, responsible for LexisNexis MarketView™ which delivers medical claims-based business intelligence to pharmaceutical and medical device entities as well as health systems. The product leverages the industry’s leading provider information database and proprietary analytics to analyze provider claims, referral patterns and affiliations to provide clients with business and market intelligence.

2012

Maureen Gingerich Bergey, MPH ’12 is working in a community-based integrated health program called HealthConnections, for individuals living with mental illness and chronic physical health conditions.

Lindsay Garito, MPH ’12 is in the second year of a doctoral program at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is focused on social policy in health and health services research and is a research assistant on projects related to behavioral health, access to care and prescription drug monitoring programs. She was awarded an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Training Fellowship.

Stanley Ng, MPH ’12 is a data analyst and statistician at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, a part of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He performs statistical data analysis for the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members (Army STARRS). Army STARRS is a multi-component, multi-million dollar study aimed at understanding the risk and resilience factors for mental health and suicidal behaviors in the U.S. Army. In addition to his full-time position, he is an active guitarist/vocalist in the DC metro area, serves a board member on the Public Health Alumni Network at Dornsife School of Public Health and chairs the strategic planning committee.

2013

Hannah Crooke, MPH ’13 is currently a NIDA pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida in the Department of Epidemiology. Her dissertation focuses on marijuana use and cardiovascular disease. Other areas of research interest include community capacity building, global health, and chronic disease management and prevention.

Lauren Finn, MPH ’13 works as the surveillance coordinator for waterborne diseases at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She reviews surveillance data and conduct outbreak investigations for a variety of infectious conditions including Legionnaires’ disease, cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis.

Laura Hunter, MPH ’13 works as Health Project Lead at GlaxoSmithKline and is responsible for implementing and supporting global health promotion initiatives for employees to increase engagement and promote sustainable work practices. She also serves as a board member on the Public Health Alumni Network at Dornsife School of Public Health and co-chairs the lifelong learning committee.

Arvin Magusara, MPH ’13 is responsible for managing the administration of patient satisfaction measurement tools for members of Blue Shield of California. He ensures measurable improvement of patient satisfaction and experience through leadership engagement, change management, quality improvement methods and optimization of service delivery.

Michelle Woo, MPH ’13 is working with a team to help prevent and manage chronic diseases, specifically diabetes and hypertension. Her work revolves around building infrastructure for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. She is promoting policies for worksite wellness, community-building and clinical linkages of preventative referrals related to chronic disease.

2014

Cecilia Alcala, MPH ’14 recently started a PhD program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences. Her research focus is environmental chemicals in breastmilk and its relationship to infant health outcomes. She also serves as a board member on the Public Health Alumni Network at Dornsife School of Public Health.

Kimberly Tamia Arnold, MPH ’14 is currently a first year doctoral student in Health and Public Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University and is interested in racial/ ethnic health disparities and the impact of social and public policies on the health of African Americans with low income.

Zeinab Mohamad Baba, MPH ’14 currently works as an epidemiologist in the Delaware Division of Public Health in the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.

Brittany L. Grear, MPH ’14 works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and goes into the community to locate individuals infected with, exposed to, or is at-risk for infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and HIV/AIDS. She educates the community on the signs, symptoms and modes of transmission of these various infectious diseases and builds rapport with key stakeholders in the community to raise awareness of high STD incidence rates in Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida. She also conducts educational presentations for community members and conducts infectious disease interviews in both English and Spanish in efforts to best reach the minority communities throughout Central Florida.

Debra Harris, MPH ’14 works as a healthcare consultant at Hayes Management Consulting and supports hospitals and other healthcare organizations with the development and implementation of strategies and information management systems to streamline operations during times of change or stabilization.

Resham Khiani, MPH ’14 works as a project manager in patient care services at a hospital in Chicago. Past projects include, improving volume productivity, patient flow and wait times across many service lines including Oncology, Pediatrics and Family Practice.

Rosemary Thomas MPH ’14 serves as Program Coordinator for the Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health. The program aims to change the culture of Penn Medicine to be more LGBT inclusive and make Penn a leader in LGBT patient care and research.

2015

Madison Davidson, MPH ’15 currently serves as the chair of the Public Health Alumni Network at Dornsife School of Public Health. She works at The Lewin Group, a health policy research and consulting firm, where she provides quantitative support for the Oncology Care Model (OCM) evaluation and several Measure Implementation and Development (MIDS) projects. On OCM, her work is related to comparison group selection and rapid cycle reporting of cost and quality outcomes. Her work under the MIDS contract includes testing and developing clinical quality measures. She plans to pursue a PhD in the future.

Evan Gooberman, MPH ’15 is currently in his second year of medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Mariah Moore, MPH ’15 is a tobacco prevention specialist in the New Jersey Department of Health in Trenton NJ, where she develops and oversees deliverables for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Tobacco Control Core Funding Grant and manages activities of two statewide grantees, in collaboration with the Office of Tobacco Control, Nutrition and Fitness.

Navjyot Parmar, MPH ’15 is working in Deloitte’s Regulatory and Compliance Practice focusing on the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry. Parmar also works with health plans and providers to mitigate risks and helping to predict risk, preserve current functionality and respond to regulatory changes.

Leslie Reynolds, MPH ’15 is working in Dornsife’s Department of Community Health and Prevention on both the Bucks County and Pennsylvania Strategic Prevention Frameworks-Partnership for Success (SPF-PFS) grants. She is a project coordinator and program evaluator for prescription drug and alcohol prevention programs for parents, caregivers and youth.

Reeti Sharma, MPH ‘15 works as an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Bureau of Infectious Disease, investigating notifications of the communicable and infectious diseases that are reportable to the state of Massachusetts.

Hanyang Shen, MPH ’15 is a research data analyst supporting clinical trials in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Winter 2016

Gregory Benjamin earned his PhD from the University of Delaware in 2012 and has since started full-time as an Assistant Professor at Temple University College of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Lindsay Garito just started a PhD program at Brandeis University at the Hell School of Social Policy and Management with a focus in Health.
Zeinab Mohamad Baba is currently working as an Epidemiologist at the Delaware Division of Publish Health in the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program.
Arvin Magusara manages the administration of patient satisfaction measuring tools to Blue Shield of California’s members.
Kimberly Tamia Arnold is currently a first-year Health and Public Policy PhD student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University, studying under Dr. Thomas LaVeist.

Spring 2015

Rubiliatu Olubronbi is completing an MD degree.
Brittany Barnes manages the development of clinical and operational tools and training for palliative care program leaders, clinicians, and healthcare administrators.
Arit Onyile is working as a Senior Epidemiology Analyst in the Global Pharmacovigilance and Epidemiology Unit of Sanofi in Bridgewater, NJ.
Kelly Dawson is working as an ORISE Health Policy Fellow in the Office of the Associate Director for Policy at the CDC in Atlanta, GA.
LaTonia Peters Morton has recently married and received her DrPH from the University of Kentucky.
Janay Hawthorne works at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as an HIV Prevention Data Specialist within the AACO division, where she manages data collection as well as assist other AACO units. She also acts as a contract Data Analyst for Drexel College of Medicine’s Project Ujima.
Salimah El-Amin completed her DrPH in 2011 and is now an Assistant Professor of Public Health Science.
Madeline Doyle is working at the RAND Corporation as a Research Assistant, where she does health policy research in many areas, including assessing health related behaviors among military members.
Lilliam Ambroggio is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Biostatistics & Epidemiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati.
Colleen Tingey is working in the Division of Disease Control in Acute Communicable Disease and Epidemiology where she performs surveillance activities for non-flu respiratory viruses and tick-born illnesses.
Michelle Jeu is working in Memphis, TN as a Breast Cancer Quality Coordinator at the West Cancer Center.
Renee Armstead is currently working in the Renal/Pancreas Transplant Center, providing educations to patients throughout the transplant process.
Meghan Fibbi will be starting a Family Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania in June.
Richard Wu is finishing his Internal Medicine residency at Duke and GI Fellowship at Thomas Jefferson, with plans to start as a University of Pennsylvania faculty member in the Gastroenterology department in the Philadephia VA.
Amanda Malik is currently enrolled in medical school.