"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. 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.

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 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.



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


  • 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