"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 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 most recently completed an internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Health Services Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service through the JrCOSTEP program.

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 am a Master of Public Health student at the University of New England (UNE), expected to graduate 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 participate in active discussion about the covers for each monthly journal, provide editorial support, and work to implement social media toolkits and promotional strategies to encourage readership of the journal by young professionals. In this role, I had the privilege of writing two editorials with my colleagues for upcoming publication.



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):1902-1902. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304150


  • 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