"communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.”

--michelle obama

In May 2012, I began working as a medical administrator as a contractor for the Department of Defense. Within the following year, I attended classes to become a Certified Professional Coder, and in September 2013 I was promoted to the position of Public Health Program Coordinator. I subsequently worked at the Food and Drug Administration, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Health Services Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service through the JrCOSTEP program. I now work as a Healthcare Analyst at M.S. Hall & Associates in Syracuse, NY.

Promotional brochure and pedometers for UNE APHA-SA, a project on which I took the lead in development, ordering, and coordinating distribution in March 2017.

I studied Public Health at the University of New England (UNE), graduating with my Master's of Public Health December 2017. During my time at UNE, I was actively involved in reinvigorating the university's chapter of the American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA). I reached out to new participants, maintained membership rosters, and managed the UNE APHA-SA social media presence on Twitter (@UNE_APHA_SA).

I spearheaded an initiative to host Public Health Fireside Chats, an informal, real-time, online meeting of public health professionals and students to discuss public health issues on a monthly basis. I developed monthly talking points related to a current issue of significance within the field, directed the conversation, and sent after-meeting information related to topics discussed. Additionally, I acted as Campus Liaison to APHA-SA on behalf of UNE, and later was awarded 2017 Campus Liaison of the Year. I was selected as a recipient of the James P. Keough Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Occupational Health and Safety Section of APHA to attend the Annual Meeting in Atlanta, where I co-presented in an oral session to APHA Student Assembly members.

I was one of six students appointed to the 2017 American Journal of Public Health Student Think Tank group (pictured above). In this role, I participated in active discussions about the covers for each monthly journal, provided editorial support, and worked to implement a social media toolkit and promotional strategies to encourage readership of the journal by young professionals.

PORTFOLIO OF WORK

Citations/Presentations

1. Anderson C, Mpody C. AJPH Think Tank Report on APHA-SA Collaborative Efforts. APHA Annual Meeting and Expo; November 4, 2017.

2. Patel S, Anderson C, Vachhani P, Guidry J, Grove L, Mpody C. A call for submissions: AJPH Instagram Photo Contest. Am J Public Health. 2017;107(12):1902. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304150

3. Anderson C. Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) Deaths Among American Indians and Alaska Natives Within Minnesota. [Master's thesis]. Biddeford, ME: University of New England; 2017.

4. Patel S, Anderson C, Mpody C, Vachhani P, Guidry J, Grove L. Academic literacy: Reaching our own. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(1):6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304200

5. Guidry J, Anderson C, Vachhani P, Grove L, Mpody C. Why Words Matter. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(3):321-323. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304305

Interests

  • Occupational epidemiology
    • environmental exposures
    • zinc protoporphyrin as a biomarker for lead toxicity
    • health effects of hexavalent chromium
  • Antibiotic resistant infections
  • Immunizations
    • development of new vaccines
    • promotion of widespread administration
  • Mental health
    • eating disorders with unusual presentation
    • reducing stigma
  • Travel medicine
    • prophylactic risk-based immunizations
    • malaria prevention
  • Health disparities
    • socioeconomic status
    • racial disparities
    • equal housing
    • health insurance
  • Linguistics
  • Geopolitics
  • Music cognition
  • Music psychology