"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. Since that time, my interest in all things related to the medical profession has only grown. I attended a year of evening classes to become a Certified Professional Coder, and September 2013 I was promoted within my company to the position of Public Health Program Coordinator. In June 2016, I moved to Boston and completed an internship with the Office of Regulatory Affairs in the Food and Drug Administration. I then worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Food Protection Program as a quality assurance and compliance auditor for a year before transitioning to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Environmental 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 have been actively involved in reinvigorating the university's chapter of the American Public Health Association Student Assembly (APHA-SA). In my role as secretary, I participated in welcoming new members, maintaining participant rosters, and in managing 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. In collaboration with my fellow board members, I develop monthly talking points related to an issue of public health significance, direct the conversation, and send after-meeting information related to topics discussed. Additionally, I act as Campus Liaison to APHA-SA on behalf of UNE, providing an end-of-year report on the activities conducted by our chapter at the university level. In 2017, 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.

I am an active member of the American Public Health Association, and was selected as one of seven students to participate in 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.

Portfolio of work

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