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Spring/Summer 2019 Updates
Alya Nadji, MPH, began working as a research analyst at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia in January 2019.
Margaux Mazur, MPH, a former research assistant at the Dornsife School of Public Health, began working at Product Investigations, Inc. as project manager in December 2018.
Kristina Thompson, MPH, recently joined KPMG U.S. as an advisory associate on health care and government solutions in Philadelphia, PA.
Jeanette Bowles, DrPH, joined the nonprofit Safehouse as an executive director to lead the organization as it works to open a supervised injection site for people in addiction, a first for Philadelphia and possibly the entire nation.
Emily Peterman, MPH, was promoted to director of research and evaluation at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) in Arlington, VA, in October 2018.
Zachary Daniels, MPH, serves as senior research specialist at UVA: The Center for Health Policy in Charlottesville, VA.
Viren Doshi, JD/MPH, began a new position as counsel for Conner Strong & Buckelew in Marlton, NJ, in February 2019.
Latoya Hamilton, MPH, joined NYC Health + Hospitals as assistant director in October 2018.
Brittany M. Chambers, MPH, was recently promoted to senior education manager at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) in New York, NY.
Alexis Bumpers, MPH, accepted a new position as a statistician at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSAgov) in Washington, DC, in April 2019.
Romi Pierce Hall, MPH, is combating California’s housing crisis as the director of neighborhood collaborations at East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) in Oakland, CA. In this role, she manages EBALDC’s work as a convener of the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative (SPARC).
Alice Ulhoa-Cintra, MD, MPH, recently joined the medical oncologist team at the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital's Scully-Welsh Cancer Center.
Katherine Roshak, MPH ’18, began working at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson as a Clinical Research Associate.
Velton W. Showell IV, MPH ’18, is an Epidemiology Fellow for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center.
Amy Henderson Riley, DrPH ’17, recently became an Assistant Professor in the College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. Her research focuses on the intersection of public health and communication, namely entertainment-education, health communication, and topics spanning global health.
Alton Reid, MPH ’17, is now Lead Data Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Reid cleans, analyzes, and codes programs for analytical and database management with SAS and Excel.
Carli Richie-Zavaleta, DrPH ‘17, works as an Adjunct Professor at Eastern University. Richie-Zavaleta released a publication from her dissertation with the Journal of Human Trafficking titled, “Sex Trafficking Victims at their Junction with the Healthcare Setting—a Mixed-Methods Inquiry.”
Vaishnavi Vaidya, MPH ’17, recently became a Program Coordinator at the Dornsife School of Public Health’s Urban Health Collaborative (UHC). At the UHC, she coordinates the Urban Public Health book project which will be a research toolkit to equip public health scholars to be effective partners in synthesizing, creating, and communicating evidence to inform action for urban health.
Shivanshu Awasthi, MPH ’16, is a Research Data Analyst for the Moffitt Cancer Center. His primary research focus is on race disparities in prostate cancer and other genitourinary carcinomas. Independently, Awasthi leads multiple projects in prostate and bladder cancer research through the formulation of study design, data extraction, management, and analysis.
Viren Doshi, JD, MPH ‘16, is now a Healthcare Attorney at Stevens & Lee Law Practice. The full-service law firm represents clients on a regional, national and international scale.
Camille Lukey, MPH ’16, is an Environmental Scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Municipal and Industrial Materials Section in the Materials Management Branch of Land and Chemicals Division. Lukey works with states to ensure compliance of disposal units in Ohio, Minnesota, and Michigan with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle D non-hazardous waste regulations. These regulations include criteria for municipal solid waste landfills, coal combustion landfills and surface impoundments, and the non-hazardous secondary materials rule.
Jaya Bhatt, MPH ’15, is a Program Analyst for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Inspector General. There, she identifies fraud, waste, and abuse within toxic, chemicals, and pollution prevention programs.
Deepa Mankikar, MPH ’15, is the Public Health Project Manager for the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. As the project manager, Mankikar manages various local public health programs that teach students, parents, and healthcare professionals about environmental health.
Zeinab Mohamad Baba, DrPH ’14, became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, College of Health and Sciences at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Health.
Arvin Magusara, MPH ’13, is the CEO and Co-Founder of Polyn8, Inc., a blockchain technology and solutions company based out of Sacramento, CA. Polyn8, Inc. works to improve the patient experience and promotion of patient and family-centered care in the U.S. healthcare system.
Anuli Njoku, DrPH ’13, co-authored an article titled “Infusing Health Disparities Awareness into Public Health Curricula at a Rural Midwestern University” in the July 2018 issue of Pedagogy in Health Promotion. Additionally, Njoku published a sole-authored article titled “Teaching Health Disparities Awareness in Undergraduate Public Health Courses” in the July 2018 issue of the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Shannon Oates-Rivera, MPH ’13, is the President of Core Communications Strategies. Oates-Rivera develops and delivers innovative public relations campaigns, patient education programs, product launch plans, training modules and advocacy programs.
Stanley Ng, MPH ’12, is a data analyst and statistician at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) and an instructor at the Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University (USU). Ng performs statistical data analysis and data management for the Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service members – Longitudinal Study (STARRS-LS). In August 2018, he co-authored a manuscript published in JAMA Psychiatry that identified risk factors for suicide attempts among U.S. Army soldiers with no history of mental health diagnosis which received national media coverage.
Lindsay Garito, MPH ’12, authored an article with Brandeis University titled “Behavioral Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act: What Can We Learn from Marketplace Products?” that was published in Psychiatric Services Medical Journal. The study found that the Affordable Care Act was successful in ensuring robust behavioral health coverage in marketplace plans.
Jamilia Sherls, BSN, RN, DNP, MPH ’07, is the Director of the Center for Health Equity at MultiCare Health System which ensures that the cultural, linguistic and spiritual needs of all our patients and families served are respected throughout their healthcare experience. Sherls recently received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Thomas Jefferson University.
As program manager for the Youth Health Equity Leadership Institute (YHELI), Tara VanDoren, MPH ’16 runs an after-school program for a cohort of fifty ninth grade students in Danville, VA. The four-year grant program was created because Danville has the lowest on-time, four-year high school graduation rate in the state – 75 percent – compared to the state average of nearly 90 percent. “These low graduation rates coupled with nearly double the state average in poor overall health, unemployment, poverty, and teen birth make Danville a highly disadvantaged community,” says VanDoren.
Designed with the social determinants of health in mind, the YHELI program aims to boost on-time graduation, which has been proven to reduce poverty, combat chronic disease and positively impact overall population health. By teaching life skills, such as critical thinking, decision making, leadership, time management, financial management and work place readiness the program is dedicated to improving the lives of students, families and the overall community.
VanDoren says the most gratifying aspect of her job is seeing students smile and work together as they did in April, hosting a schoolwide talent show to raise money for scholarships. “After school can be a challenging time – they just completed a full day of school and there are plenty of other activities, both good and bad, that they could be engaged in,” says VanDoren. “But they choose to come hang out and learn with me, in an effort to take control of their future. Their smiles go a long way with reassuring me that I am helping impact their lives for the better.”
Viren Doshi, MPH ’16, JD works as a corporate health care attorney for the Office of General Counsel for the Thomas Jefferson University Health System. He supports the new Board of Trustees by providing legal consultation on several aspects of their authority. Additionally, he has more traditional legal functions such as contract drafting and negotiation, frequently communicating with both the state of Pennsylvania and the federal government, and their health care agencies. He reviews laws and regulations to ensure compliance. He supports the innovation and technology pillar within Jefferson and uses both his JD and MPH in carving a unique path for health care innovation system level change.
Andrea Collins, MPH ’16 recently went to work at the University of Pittsburgh as a data manager. She is getting oriented and initially will work on a study involving vaccine effectiveness in children with influenza and gastroenteritis.
Toni Williams, MPH ’16 is working for the public hospital system at NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem. She takes data generated internally and analyzes it for use in quality management/ change management. She also has started to develop Access databases transferring documents to electronic form. A daily task is making much happen for patients with few resources, something she feels totally equipped to do with her education from Dornsife.
Ellen Ossola, MPH ’16 is a clinical quality improvement advisor for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, working on clinical quality improvement projects.
Diana Thao, MPH ’16 is a clinical research coordinator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, an academic affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine. She ensures that studies are in compliance with regulatory standards such as the IRB and FDA. She assists with clinical trials and national registries at the pediatric hospital. She coordinates several studies in different departments including Neurology, Plastic Surgery, Gastroenterology, Rheumatology and Neonatology. This June, she will be enrolling in the Physician Assistant Program at George Washington University. She’s excited to embark on this career path and get back to providing direct care to patients. She hopes to utilize her MPH degree to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.
As a research associate at the Value Institute at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, Pete Lodato, MPH ‘15 works on a variety of projects with the Heart and Vascular Service Line, as well as the Department of Patient Safety. His work is dedicated to the development, delivery and evaluation of innovative practice and policy solutions that improve the experience, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for patients and providers./p>
“The work is really rewarding; no two days are alike,” Lodato says. “You are helping clinicians, giving them the tools to fix issues inherent within the system, which ultimately improves safety for patients.” At Dornsife, Lodato trained with Prof. Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, CPPS on patient safety. He’s now being mentored by a Christiana colleague who is a human factors engineer.
His biggest challenge is convincing staff that patient safety requires abandoning the ‘this-is-how-we’ve-always-done-it’ mindset, while also considering the barriers to safe behavior. “But people are mostly receptive to addressing systems issues and getting away from blame,” Lodato says. “We all have bias but if we remain mindful, the data can guide us.” Pete Lodato is married to Brittney C. Lodato, MPH ’14, who works as an administrative director for JDJ Consulting, a consultant pharmacist company. The couple have a seven month old daughter, Quinn.
Nicholas A. Thompson, MPH ’15 started as a communications and change enablement analyst and has progressed to a new role as a program management analyst at Jefferson Health. His main priorities are coordination of testing efforts and operational-focused change management. Current projects include finalizing coordination of testing the Epic (electronic health record) system, managing appointment conversion efforts and acting as project manager for all ancillary applications, including lab, cardiology, oncology, pharmacy and radiology. He continues to support and organize various communications initiatives on the Epic project team.
Caitlin O’Brien, MPH ’15 is at the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and the bulk of her work consists of providing consultation and technical assistance to communities in Greater Philadelphia and across the nation about how to use a traumainformed lens in their work. The Scattergood Foundation is a small non-profit grantmaking organization that focuses on advancing innovative strategies to address behavioral health.
Ankit Sutaria, MPH ‘15 is working as a child health epidemiologist under the Maternal and Child Health / Epidemiology Unit at the Georgia Department of Public Health. He is working on research projects supporting newborn screenings, including the Children 1st Program, a birth defects surveillance system and Critical Congenital Heart Disease screening. He also supports Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaboration initiatives.
Neha Varma, MPH ‘15 is a statistician at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, working on data management and analyses of various health care research projects ranging from drug trials, manuscripts, abstracts and survey fabrications. Her duties and responsibilities include design and development of database systems, planning data analyses, collaboration on the design of research studies, conducting standard analytical statistical and computer programming procedures, documenting programs, and writing and presenting results of analyses.
Jamile Tellez Lieberman, MPH ’15 started her doctoral program at Dornsife School of Public Health this past fall and is beginning to develop her research interests and aspirations for her dissertation work. She is working hands-on with her faculty advisor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention with grant writing and developing research protocols. In the meantime, she is trying to survive her first year, balancing her course load, department work and preparing for the doctoral candidacy exams in June 2017.
Caroline Voyles, MPH ’15 is the director of student placement and partnership development at Dornsife School of Public Health. She acts as the liaison between the school and the community in regards to students’ practice-based learning experiences. She engages with various practitioners from all sectors of public health to create meaningful opportunities for student learning. Additionally, she’s a first-year doctoral student in the DrPH program in the Department of Community Health and Prevention studying LGBTQ health related to physical activity.
Amanda R. Spear, MPH ’15 is a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine researching the utility of circulating plasma exosomes as a biomarker for lung cancer. She works as a research assistant at the Markey Cancer Center in the Center for Environmental and Systems Biochemistry. She prepares experiments in the molecular biology lab and analyzes experimental data. Her work environment is a level 2+ lab.
Great timing helped Rebecca Haden, MPH ’14 land at Jumo, an organization that helps children and families learn about health by producing kid-friendly content – graphic novels, videos, games, apps, and more – that explore specific conditions from a youthful point-of-view. Eager for something more patient-focused after an agency position, she stumbled on the Jumo opening while searching LinkedIn.
“As a senior manager on the client services team, I work one-on-one with our clients and manage projects from start to finish, working across a variety of internal and external teams to achieve project goals,” Haden says. “Each day I learn something new about the evolving needs of different patient groups, and get to work in bustling Manhattan with an amazing, tight-knit team of doctors, medical writers, artists, sales leads and digital product managers.”
A recent challenge was to take charge of producing a series of podcasts: “I had very little knowledge of what was involved in creating a podcast, but I contacted the right people, assembled a team and developed a plan,” says Haden. The result: the Jumo Podcast Series is now available on Google Play and iTunes, with two new episodes on managing type 1 diabetes in college, written and narrated by Haden. What’s ahead? Haden says she hopes to create episodes for young adults and caregivers on mental health issues and a miniseries focused on autism. Learn more at www.jumohealth.com
Kate Ogden, MPH ’14 is a health policy associate on the Health Care Economics and Advocacy team, a unit within Government Relations/Public Policy at the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association. She serves as a resource to members on billing, coding, reimbursement and practice management issues, and advocates on health care payment policies. She is also team lead for Medicare Advantage (Part C), Tricare and telehealth advocacy.
Chelsey Johnson, MPH ’14 is currently in her third year as a medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is unsure what specific speciality she wants to enter into, but is leaning towards general surgery or ICU. She has a teaching fellowship this year that allows her to co-teach the first and second year medical students in Anatomy/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and physical exam skills for a year. She continues to use her education in public health during her rural clinical rotations by helping to promote and educate individuals on proper health management. She is gratified to be able to help people in multiple ways because of her education at Drexel University.
Brittany Barnes, MPH ’14 is a project manager at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national member-based organization. CAPC provide health organizations (e.g. hospitals health systems and hospices) with training tools and technical assistance to develop, sustain and expand palliative care programs across the country. She is a member of the planning committee for 2017 CAPC National Conference and serves as the subject matter expert for Health Equity/Social Determinants of Health.
Resham Khiani, MPH ’14 is a project manager at Presence Health/Presence Resurrection Medical Center. Her day-to-day work revolves around improving hospital operations and developing strategies to promote growth across various service lines. She assisted with re-developing the center’s staffing plan across its transportation services area that led to an improved workflow and turnaround time for patient transport during peak census times. Outside of work, she is an active member and serves as an ambassador for the Chicago Health Executive Forum, which is the local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also serves as a mentor/Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. She recently joined the Dornsife Public Health Alumni Network as a volunteer.
Nirali Shah, MPH ‘14 works for Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc. as an associate biostatistician for a contract research organization in the vaccines department.
Rachael Greenberg, MPH ’14 is a DrPH student and Teaching Fellow at Boston University School of Public Health.
Amanda Capaci, MPH ’14 is currently working in two areas as senior associate at KPMG. The first is to increase patient access and centralized scheduling for physician practices in order to enhance patient satisfaction by decreasing wait times and canceled appointments, increasing physician utilization and optimizing in place technologies. The second is enterprise asset management, which assists an organization in addressing compliance, risk, data technology and governance to align with business imperatives reducing cost.
As the owner/developer of the Allergy Friendly Philadelphia website (allergyphilly.com) Anna Fry Bechtel, BSN, MPH ’12 has created a local guide to allergy-friendly food and fun in Philadelphia, a resource for local families as well as visitors and tourists. “I have two children with severe allergies and a spouse with allergies, so I wanted to expand my knowledge base, to find businesses that support people with food allergies,” says Bechtel, noting that existing resources frequently lacked local information and relied heavily on personal opinions. “I set out to create community and provide a vehicle for communication between businesses and people who need information.” The allergyphilly.com website has a map-based search feature, enabling families to find food-allergy friendly activities and places to eat around the city. Bechtel says the newly launched resource has gotten a “great response” and addresses an unmet need: Research has found that one in 13 children under 18 have food allergies, and between 1997-2011, childhood food allergies increased 50 percent, according to the CDC.
allergyphilly.com now features 18 eateries and six allergy-friendly attractions: Next Bechtel will add food trucks with allergy-friendly offerings. A registered nurse, Bechtel plans to apply her public health knowledge through the website and by offering workshops, and community outreach to low-income families with food allergies. For them, she says, “Food insecurity and the expense of a specialized food diet mean an extra layer of stress.”
Tsz Hin (Stanley) Ng, MPH ‘12 performs statistical data analysis for various mental health-related research projects for the Henry Jackson Foundation to support the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. One of his projects is an Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers, which is a multi-component, multi-million dollar study aiming to understand the risk and resilience factors to mental health and suicidal behaviors in the United States Army.
Shaum Kabadi, MPH ’12 is a health economics and outcomes research director for AstraZeneca, a biopharmaceutical company. He is leading health economics and outcomes research studies in chronic kidney disease and lupus in support of the U.S. market.
Monika Michalec (Galecki), MPH ’12 She and her husband welcomed a daughter Viktoria on February 22, 2016. She is a research coordinator for Kessler Foundation working in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research and Outcomes and Assessment Research. The goal of her lab is to improve the lives of people with SCI. She is involved in two projects: “Collaboration of Mobility Training (COMIT)” and “Personalized Medicine for Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Clinical Measures of Buttocks Deformation.”
Asra Salim (Azam), MPH ’11 uses the principles of epidemiology, biostatistics, health education and program evaluation in her work as an infection preventionist with a team implementing best practices to prevent patients from acquiring infections, especially those related to multi-drug resistant organisms, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL). So much of the field of infection control and prevention is driven by health policy. There are few places within a health care setting that do not benefit from infection prevention principles. Consequently, she works with partners in disciplines across the spectrum, impacting areas beyond traditional patient care, such as facilities, construction, food safety and occupational health.
Angus Shieh, MPH ’11 recently accepted a position as manager at Instamed, a computer software company focused on health care payments. He is leading strategy growth and execution within product management.
Adrianne Jiles (Bailey), MPH ’11 has been working for Holyoke Health Center as a clinical data analyst since September 2014. Her job entails generating reports for the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. This position has enabled her to improve the Ryan White program by supplying clinical data that drives clinical decisions for patients, thus feeding her secret passion for statistics. She believes that this position is a perfect fit for her due to the passion she has for the health of her community and the education she received at Dornsife School of Public Health.
Heather Stoddard, MD, MPH ’11 is working as a resident physician in general surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. This is a preliminary, one year position and she will be continuing her residency training in anesthesiology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center.
Brian D. McCauley, MD, MPH ’11 is an internal medicine resident at Alpert Medical School at Brown University working between three major hospitals seeing underserved and uninsured refugee patients in their outpatient clinic. After completing his MPH at Drexel, he attended medical school as a member of the inaugural class at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). Upon graduation, he received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He received additional awards, such as the Dean’s Award for Distinction in Service Learning, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Critical Appraisal, CMSRU Century Award (100+ service hours in one year), CMSRU Surgical Critical Care Award for excellence in surgical critical care and the CMSRU Cooper Heart Institute Award for excellence in cardiology.
Christian H. Bijoux, MPH ’10 is founder and CEO of The State of Public Health, LLC. He is leading efforts in centralizing what is known and what works in public health to eliminate the tedium of vast internet searches for credible information. Recently he released “From Viruses to Violence: Rethinking Public Health Strategies in Response to Political Culture”—a white paper co-written with fellow Dornsife School of Public Health alumnus Andrea Nguyen, MPH ‘10. The paper argues that structural causes of poor education, poverty, morbidity and mortality need to be addressed or else they will spread like a collective epidemic, jumping from community to community like a virus gaining hold in a susceptible host. They do their best to maintain a positive outlook and enjoy not only the work they are doing but also the process that leads to the final products.
Rebecca Jaffe, MD, MPH, ’10 is a medical director at Aledade (https://www.aledade.com/). She helps small practices navigate the new value-based transformations happening in health care. She went on a medical service mission in Haiti at the end of February.
Heidi Bortner, MPH ’09 is manager for medicare policy and research at Health Partners Plans. Health Partners Plans is an innovative health insurance company focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. She is involved with policies and procedures across the company, making sure that each unit is up to date with complete policies and procedures. She also tracks federal regulations and directives as they impact Medicare business operations.
Jillian Baker (Lucas), MPH ‘09 is an assistant professor in the MPH program at the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health. She is continuing her community-based research with African American men and families.
Renee C. Armstead (Hart), MPH ’09 works at Sentara Healthcare as a registered dietitian conducting nutrition assessments and providing nutrition education to transplant patients (kidney/pancreas) within all phases of care.
Larissa Rutter (Yeager), PA-C, MPH ’09 works for Geisinger Health System as a physician assistant in dermatology.
Ruth Morgan, MPH ’08 started working for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Office of Policy Support in June 2016 as a social science research analyst. She is excited to be employing her knowledge of WIC program policy and operations to manage research projects that contribute to improvements in the WIC program. Her office is housed in the same government agency that administers federal food assistance programs and is primarily responsible for evaluating these programs. The agency conducts internal analyses and manage contractors hired to conduct these evaluations.
Jill Dinitz-Sklar, MPH ’07 is the perinatal Hepatitis B coordinator for the New Jersey State Department of Health, coordinating the program where children born to hepatitis B (HBV) positive mothers are followed from birth through completion of HBV vaccine and subsequently tested for their HBV status. She provides education to investigators and vested partners regarding perinatal transmission of HBV and supports HBV surveillance for the state of New Jersey. In addition, she is currently teaching public health at Mercer County Community College.
Jamilia Sherls, BSN, RN, MPH ’07 was promoted to director of health equity at MultiCare Health System, located in Tacoma, WA, in 2016. In this role, she co-directs the system’s Center for Healthy Living & Health Equity. She oversees cultural competency staff education and initiatives that address health disparities. She also oversees community programs and services, such as outreach screenings, Nurse Camp and community health needs assessments. She is a Doctor of Nursing Practice student at Thomas Jefferson University concentrating in community systems administration. Last year, her career journey and accomplishments were featured in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Careers in Nursing Winter 2016 Newsletter. She also received the MultiCare President’s Award for a cultural competence organizational assessment that she performed at MultiCare in 2015.
Saiyed Tariq Ali, MD, MPH ’06 is serving as the medical and clinical epidemiologist for the chronic diseases section at the Department of Health in Arkansas. He is also an adjunct associate professor for the audiology and speech pathology department for the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He previously served as the director for the newborn hearing screening department and prior to that was the trauma manager/ epidemiologist for the State of Alaska. He designed and implemented the new trauma and EMS surveillance system for Alaska and did the same for the newborn hearing department for Arkansas.
Jarone Lee, MD, MPH ’03 will be the new medical director for the multidisciplinary ICU at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Additionally, his research group has been very active with studying the impact of injury-prevention programs and legislation. The group is also studying ways to decrease ED utilization by patients followed by their specialty practices.
Huong Nghiem-Eilbeck, MD, MPH ’99 is currently an OB-GYN at UCLA in obstetrical emergencies. She hopes to be conducting research in the next few years. Nghiem-Eilbeck and her husband are
small business owners and proud parents of two: Lana is 21/2 and Theo is seven months old.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.