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Our students are engaged. Experienced. Passionate. They are changemakers committed to making a difference. Read their stories, and think about how you might make your mark as a graduate student in public health.

Lauren Kaskey
I manage the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the Boston Public Schools. FFVP is a USDA grant program targeting high-need elementary students. The kids get a fruit or vegetable snack either between breakfast and lunch, or lunch and end-of-day. Many children from low-income communities get most of their calories from the National School Lunch Program, and adding a fruit or vegetable snack to their day is a great way to increase number of servings in the day.
Lauren Kaskey
MS-Nutrition/MPH
Kaitlyn Dunn
Since March 2013, I have worked in the Administrative & Civil Remedies Branch (ACRB) of the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As an ACRB attorney, I represent the Office of Inspector General in administrative and civil enforcement actions brought against individuals and entities that have defrauded Medicare, Medicaid, or other Federal health care programs.
Kaitlyn Dunn
JD/MPH
Karen Ann Alroy
I am currently working as an emergency veterinarian at a high volume, 24 hour animal hospital. In this position I have been fortunate to gain an extensive amount of clinical experience in a short time frame. In the Fall of 2013 I will be transitioning from my clinical position to one more focused on policy and populations. I have been awarded a Science and Policy Fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This fellowship allows doctoral level clinicians and researchers to apply their technical knowledge in a branch of government. Fellows gain practical experience working at the intersection of science and policy at the federal level. My placement is at the National Science Foundation, and I will be working in the Dimensions of Biodiversity Program.
Karen Ann Alroy
DVM/MPH
Jenna Skinner
I am a Client Engagement Manager with Cigna. I design and implement health and wellness strategies for our clients and employer groups, based on their specific needs. I conduct onsite presentations to current and prospective clients on Cigna's tools, strategies for increasing engagement, campaigns to reduce unnecessary medical expenses, etc. I also educate customers on health and wellness topics, as well as how to be better consumers of health care.
Jenna Skinner
MS-Nutrition/MPH
Deborah Mailand
I am a clinical trial project manager at MAVERIC (Massachusetts Veteran Epidemiology Research and Information Center), which is part of the Boston VA Healthcare System. In my role, I manage the progress of multi-site trials from the planning stage through data analysis and publication. At MAVERIC, we do large trials that are relevant to the veteran population, so our current projects include research on suicide prevention, lower limb amputation, diabetes, renal disease, and heart health.
Deborah Mailand
BS in Engineering/MPH
Daniel Markowitz
I work as a consultant for Deloitte Advisory in the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice. Deloitte’s Life Sciences and Health Care practice is among the largest in the world, and we work with a variety of health providers, health plans, and life sciences clients in order to help them transform their strategic vision into innovative and practical health care solutions. I focus particularly on industry-specific regulations, helping our client’s mitigate regulatory risk and achieve compliance.
Daniel Markowitz
BA/MPH
Claire Berman
Currently, I am the Director of Health Education and Communication for the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) at the Harvard School of Public Health. In this role, I lead the strategic health communication efforts for the study, identifying and addressing critical areas of need in health communication for various target audiences. These include study participants (youth), their caregivers, other researchers, and the general public. I work closely with a Health Education and Communication Committee that I have assembled to ensure that all critical perspectives are represented as we make decisions about priorities and projects to pursue.
Claire Berman
MS-HCOM
Arielle Carpenter
I am project manager of Sanofi’s Employee Wellness program. Sanofi is a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, France, with offices worldwide and over 120,000 employees. As project manager, I will be responsible for the day to day management of the employee wellness program and facilitating the interaction between the working group on-site and the senior management steering committee for the project. Driven by the office of the CEO, this program will start as a pilot in partnership with an outside research organization, with eventual dissemination of materials to all Sanofi sites around the world.
Arielle Carpenter
BA/MPH
Angie Lee
I work at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), an international health organization with more than 2500 staff who are active in over 70 countries worldwide. We build the capacity of health systems and leaders, managers and policy makers to deliver high-quality, accessible and equitable health services to their populations. I support the health financing portfolio and my work spans many geographic areas including sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Recently I provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Social Work in Liberia to scale up a nationwide system of performance-based financing at the primary healthcare level. MSH’s work in developing nations brings complex and often ambiguous challenges; it’s what motivates me to continue developing innovative and pragmatic solutions to improve healthcare systems in the developing world.
Angie Lee
BA/MPH
Andrew Petrone
As a statistical programmer and analyst in the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, I write code to create datasets and analyze data from major epidemiological cohort studies, present the results of analyses, and write manuscripts for publication in academic journals. Our research in the Division of Aging investigates the role that diet and other modifiable risk factors play in the development of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. Some of my past projects have included looking at the effect of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids on metabolic syndrome, chocolate consumption on endothelial function, and egg consumption on risk of developing diabetes.
Andrew Petrone
MPH

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