Class Notes Fall 2009

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Environmental Health

Ann Carroll (’90) was accepted into Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, DrPH Program in Environmental Health and started her program this fall.

Jennifer Zilinski (’03) writes: “I recently completed a one year post-graduate internship in small animal emergency and critical care at New England Animal Medical Center in West Bridgewater, MA, this past July. I am now working as a small animal general practitioner in Bellingham, MA.”

Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights

Sarah Imershein (’07) spent a year after graduation with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in the Division of Primary Care and Health Access where she worked with over 60 Massachusetts community health centers on a variety of programs including chronic disease management utilizing community health workers. She has been working with Joslin Diabetes Center since August 2008 as a program manager and analyst in Strategic Initiatives, a division of Joslin that works nationally and internationally outside of Boston.  Her main role has been in program design and analysis for creating and measuring meaningful impact of different diabetes programs. Projects range from outreach education, to programs for large employers, to insurance benefits and value-based design.

Health Policy & Management

Annie Lewis-O’Connor (’96) is employed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) as the Clinical Program Manager for the Center for Women and Newborns. The clinical practice is in an after-care clinic at BWH for women who have been exposed to abuse and violence. Her research interests include violence against women and children, women’s health care, adolescent health care, and the disparity of care for marginalized populations.

Chandrika Divi (’00) was working for Deloitte in Chicago for the past three years doing health-care strategy consulting. She moved to London in January of this year, doing similar work in a different type of health-care market and switching firms to PricewaterhouseCoopers. She writes: “The (National Health Service) NHS might be the single most complex system I have ever come across!”

Christian Fay (’00) writes that he is currently “a buy-side health-care analyst at Pioneer Investments in Boston, MA, investing in pharmaceutical and generics companies. After graduating from BUSPH, I worked as a senior health-care consultant at a boutique consulting firm called Kendall Strategies, and then on the sell-side as a VP at Leerink Swann for five years, while attending business school at Boston College.” He currently lives in Cambridge, MA, with his wife and three children.

Justin Dunn (’03) will be “heading to Cleveland Clinic for a cardiology fellowship.”

International Health

Vanessa White

Vanessa White (’96)

Vanessa White (’96)  writes that, “On July 13, 2009, I began my new position as Associate Director, Women’s and Infant Health, at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) in Washington, DC, where I have lived since graduating from BUSPH. AMCHP supports state maternal and child health programs and provides national leadership on issues affecting women and children.”

From Lisa Russell (’98): “On World Health Day, April 7, Lisa Russell launched her new short film, Not Yet Rain, on unsafe abortion in Ethiopia. Featuring an interview with BUSPH IH professor, Dr. Deborah Maine, the film was produced in association with Ipas and can be viewed online at On May 30, she was honored with a Boston/New England Emmy® Award in the ‘Advanced Media Interactivity’ category for her short film, “Bi-Racial Hair,” which was produced as part of the WGBH Lab and National Black Programming Consortium’s Open Call.”

Laura Coe daughter

Laura Coe’s (’02) Daughter

Laura Coe (’02)  had a baby girl, Ruby Jane Blair, on November 18, 2008. She writes that, “suddenly my life was full of joy. Motherhood is amazing! Not without its challenges, but certainly wonderful!”

Maternal & Child Health

Patria Rojas (’00) is working as a scientist and researcher at Florida International University in Miami, FL. She was recently named as a 2009 Hispanic Woman of Distinction. This award is based on contributions made to her community while maintaining her Hispanic heritage.

Social & Behavioral Health Sciences

Priscilla Elliott (’90) is working as a health educator with drug addicts in early recovery, in a hospital setting.

Mark Karaczun (’96) writes that he is “now starting a career in medicine in Norfolk, England, after recently having graduated from the University of East Anglia School of Medicine, Health Policy & Practice” in the United Kingdom.

Kathryn Pollenz (’09) coordinates the Health Disparities Research Program of Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Science Center (the “Harvard Catalyst”).  She lives in Boston.

Public Health

Linda Jo Stern

Linda Jo Stern (’84)

Linda Jo Stern (’84)  writes: “I am just about to start my new job as Executive Director of Casa Myrna Vazquez (CMV) in Boston. CMV is one of the largest and most prominent organizations in New England that focuses on domestic violence – prevention, education and services.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this exemplary organization and staff.  I recently returned from working in Mozambique with Health Alliance International as their COO for the country-wide program that focuses on treatment, care, testing and counseling and prevention of transmission of HIV/AIDS. Prior to that, I spent two years circling the globe as the global health specialist for another NGO called World Neighbors, and prior to that, I lived in Honduras for six years, working with Zamorano University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital on an international health program in the mountain villages.  Now I’m back in Boston, ready to work in the domestic public health field again!”

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