Fall 2011 Newsletter
Erin Abramsohn (MPH 2005) initially joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February 2010 as a Public Health Analyst in the Office on Smoking and Health. Currently she works in the Office of the Associate Director for Policy (OADP) Policy Research, Analysis and Development Office (PRADO) as a Policy Analyst and is responsible for researching and analyzing high-level policies, activities, and operations related to the conduct of multiple initiatives, internal and external to CDC, with the goal of advising the Director, PRADO and the Associate Director for Policy on a broad and complex range of public health policy initiatives and issues. Before taking a position with CDC, Erin held positions with the State of California Tobacco Control Program and with the California Nutrition and Physical Activity Program.
Rebecca Arnold (MPH 2010) currently works as a consultant for CARE to develop training curricula for women factory workers in Bangladesh. The curricula will include modules on health and nutrition, communication, gender, finance and problem solving, among others. This training program is part of a global Walmart initiative to empower women economically.
Renae DeVolder (MPH 2010) accepted a new position as a Care Coordinator for the Beltrami Area Service Collaborative in spring 2011.
Patti Gillette (MS 2001) is currently coordinating a study examining the effectiveness of orthotic bracing for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The study is being conducted at 26 sites in the US and Canada, including The University of Iowa.
Melissa Gutierrez (MS 2006) Melissa Gutierrez Kapheim married Robert T. Kapheim on Friday, May 27th, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Her work to alleviate pediatric asthma in urban neighborhoods was profiled in the College of Public Health publication, Insight, summer 2011 edition.
After three years of working as Education Programs Coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Lena Hann (MPH, CHES 2008) is now a Clinical Instructor and MPH Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In addition to coordinating UIUC's new MPH program, she teaches the Practicum and Capstone courses for the MPH as well as an undergraduate Human Sexuality course in the department of Community Health. Hann also serves on the board of directors for Champaign's Greater Community AIDS Project and enjoys restoring vintage bicycles at the local bike cooperative in her free time. She resides in Champaign with her partner Michael.
Hayley Hegland (MPH 2010) has accepted a new position at Linn County Public Health as a Health Education Specialist. Additionally, she recently obtained her CHES certification.
Sarah Henize (MPH 2009) is a second-year doctoral student at Bowling Green State University in the School of Media & Communication with a focus in health communication. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2013.
Janelle Jacobson (MPH 2005) is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration. Her area of interest is public health systems and services research.
Susan Kinzer (MPH 2002) and her husband welcomed their third son in May 2011.
Jacqueline Leung-Heras (MS 2010) is first-year law student at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon, where she plans to either pursue health law and policy or continue her studies and become a law school professor.
Mollie O’Mara (MPH 2009) is currently in her second year of the physician assistant (PA) program at Duke University, where she was awarded the National Health Service Corps Scholarship, which covers her PA education and requires two years of health care service in an underserved area upon graduation. Additionally, she is engaged to be married on October 6, 2012.
Lindsey Sirowy (MPH 2009) is currently working for the Tarrant Area Food Bank in Fort Worth, Texas. She is the coordinator for the “Cooking Matters” program. Cooking Matters aims to empower families with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.
Inside This Issue
- DEO Letter
- Feature Story
- Injury Prevention
- PRC-RH News
- PATTC News
- Faculty Award
- CBH Doctoral Student Investigates Physical Activity
- MPH Student Practicum Investigates Gestational Diabetes in Hawaii
- New CBH Student Association
- Congratulations Graduates
- Current Student Briefs
- Alumni News
- Student Fellowships
- Event Photos
- Newsletter Feedback and Contributions