"communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.”
In May 2012, I began working as a medical administrator as a contractor for the Department of Defense. In the following year, 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 JrCOSTEP in the U.S. Public Health Service. I now work as a Research Coordinator at the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Canandaigua, NY.
For most of 2018, I worked on a project addressing social determinants of health (SDoH) in the Syracuse, NY region. I designed interventions to address health disparities within the local community through value-based payment methodologies and the networking and collaboration between community based organizations.
I now support researchers studying suicide among veterans, including IRB paperwork preparation and coordination, interviewing and assessing study participants, and ensuring compliance with all protocols and regulations.
I studied Public Health at the University of New England (UNE), graduating with my Master's of Public Health in December 2017. I was actively involved in reinvigorating the university's chapter of the American Public Health Association Student Assembly (@UNE_APHA_SA), which is still active today.
I spearheaded an initiative to host Public Health Fireside Chats—informal, real-time, online meetings of public health professionals and students to discuss current public health issues. I developed talking points on issues of significance within the field, directed the conversation, and sent after-meeting information related to topics discussed. 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
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
zinc protoporphyrin as a biomarker for lead toxicity
health effects of hexavalent chromium
Antibiotic resistant infections
development of new vaccines
promotion of widespread administration
eating disorders with unusual presentation
prophylactic risk-based immunizations