President – Lisa Paradis, MPH '09
Lisa received her MPH with a concentration in health communication in 2009. After a five-year stint in Washington, DC, she returned to Boston. Recent PHPD activities she's been involved with include giving guest lectures to HCOM classes, mentoring students, and contributing to in-class panels. Currently, Lisa is the Research Analyst for the President's Cancer Panel, a federal advisory committee appointed by the U.S. President, whose mission is to monitor the activities of the national cancer program and to report to the White House on policy and program recommendations for action to accelerate progress against cancer. She directs numerous activities that advance the Panel's mission, including development of Panel reports and meeting series; management of overall communications strategy, including social media and Web site content; and strategic analysis on potential topics for the Panel to explore. Lisa has 15 years of experience in writing and editing for public and scientific audiences on a variety of topics, particularly on cancer, women's health, and aging and caregiving. She has a BS in rehabilitation and human services from Boston University.
MPH Program Representative – David Meyers, BA/MPH '14
David is a Research Project Manager at the Harvard School of Public Health where he conducts research into domestic health policy focused on controlling costs and improving quality of care. While at Tufts, David focused his work on the intersection of global health, surveillance, and technology, leading projects in several resource limited settings internationally most recently in Nepal and Bangladesh. In addition to his work at Harvard, David also does GIS consulting work with faculty in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts. Currently his personal research interests surround how to use health policy to strengthen public health systems for marginalized populations.
MPH Program Representative – Julie Myers, JD/MPH '13
After graduating from Tufts Julie worked for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General as a Policy Analyst where she contributed to the annual Examination of Health Care Cost Trends and Cost Drivers Report. Julie also helped to establish the Office's mental health parity initiative to ensure that health insurers cover mental health conditions to the same extent that they cover medical conditions. She now works for Minuteman Health as an Associate General Counsel, focusing on implementation and compliance with state law and federal law under the Affordable Care Act. Julie reviews and analyzes legislative and regulatory proposals, develops policy positions, prepares written materials and oral testimony that support these positions, and implements advocacy strategies to achieve goals. Julie is committed to providing consumers access to affordable, quality health insurance and hopes to defend both the state and federal healthcare reform achievements made over the last year ten years.
MBS Program Representative – Jane-Hwei Lee MBS '15
Prior to graduating with a MS in Biomedical Sciences from Tufts in 2015, Jane received her BS Biology and BA Psychology degrees from Indiana University. She then joined the laboratory of Patrick Wilson at the Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research at the University of Chicago as a research assistant. There her work expressing human monoclonal antibodies to the flu and in specific to the H1N1 flu outbreak of 2009 helped elucidate the B cell repertoire and contributed to publications in Nature Medicine, Science Translation Medicine, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While enrolled at Tufts, Jane served a term as a representative in the PHPD Student Senate as well as the Sackler Library Advisory Committee. Jane currently serves as a Research Coordinator at the TUSDM Facial Animation Laboratory which utilizes 3D motion capture technology and high-resolution cameras to track the recovery of patients diagnosed with Bells' Palsy, a disease that often causes unilateral facial paralysis. Her interests also include volunteering, cooking, baking, and design thinking.
MS-HCOM Program Representative – Erica Hersh, MS-HCOM '14
Erica Hersh is a 2014 graduate of the MS-Health Communications program. She currently works as a Senior Staff Writer in the Communications Department at Boston Medical Center and as a freelance health writer, primarily in patient education and executive education for public health professionals. Erica is originally from New Jersey and received a BA in English and Philosophy of Biology from Vassar College.
MD/MBA Program Representative – Qi Li MD/MBA '00
Qi Li is a successful healthcare innovator with extensive experience in product inception, research, and global business development. Dr. Li is a board member of Hacking Medicine Institute at MIT as well as the Director of Product Innovation at InterSystems in charge of the global clinical product innovation. He has held various product leadership roles at Harris Healthcare, Partners Healthcare, and several startup companies in healthcare IT. Previously, as the key person driving the Harris Healthcare global product strategy and sales effort, Dr. Li led the product positioning and market entry efforts in UK and China. At Partners HealthCare in Boston, he led the internal development of the Longitudinal Medical Record (LMR) adopted enterprise-wide by 7,000-plus physician users at all primary care and specialty clinics. Additionally, he has consulted for Partners Medical International, taught in the China Initiative at Harvard School of Public Health and advises startups and innovation centers globally. Dr. Li earned his combined MD/MBA degrees from TUSM in 2000 and a bachelor's degree from University of Southern Maine as well as attended Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1991.
MS-PREP Representative – Charlene Neu, PREP '10
Charlene is fortunate enough to use her varied background in public policy, strategic communications, and community relations to help both businesses and families with elders communicate their needs and connect to resources. She has expertise in developing patient safety programs, helping elders and their doctors communicate about pain issues, and knowing where to help people find resources needed to help an aging parent, spouse or even themselves. She is certified to teach Health and Wellness and Pain Education Programming, certified as a Massachusetts Long Term Care Ombudsman and has a MS in Gerontology, an MA in Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Pain Education and Communication.
PA Program Representative – Allison Ruhe, PA '15
Allison graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine's Physician Assistant program in 2015 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Medical Humanities from Davidson College in 2010. As a physician assistant student, she served as the State Chapter Student Representative for Tufts' Student Society and was involved leadership in the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants and the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Allison is currently working as a urology PA at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.
PA Program Representative – Dana Goldnese, PA '15
Dana is a member of the 2017 class, and as a recent graduate, is thrilled to be starting her career at Tufts Medical Center. Being in Boston also affords her the opportunity to remain involved in the program and to help shape the PHPD community as it continues to grow. As a member of the Board, she's looking forward to helping develop stronger communication and networking avenues for graduates to facilitate those referrals. Additionally, she hopes that a renewed focus on networking would draw more alumni and be beneficial for all graduates and students attending future events.