Class Notes Summer 2011

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Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Sharon Coleman (’04) is a research manager at the Data Coordinating Center at BUSPH and has collaborated on numerous public health projects, including Children’s HealthWatch research, which analyzes the impact of public policy on the health, nutrition and development of children from birth to three years of age. She has worked as a research manager and analyst on 10 research projects since 2004 and has published 20 journal articles, serving as first author on two of them. She has presented study results at several national meetings, including the APHA annual meetings. She also is involved in several HIV secondary prevention projects in South Africa, India and Russia.

Emily (Yuan Yuan) Lo (’09) reports that she is enjoying her work at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on a clinical trial for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Dick Clapp (’89) retired from the active faculty of BUSPH in 2010 and became Professor Emeritus, continuing to guest lecture and advise students in the Environmental Health Department. He is also an adjunct professor at UMass Lowell in the Department of Work Environment. Dick continues to be a member of the Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel for the Centers for Disease Control, where he advises on health studies of Marines who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He also edited a new book called, “From Critical Science to Solutions.”

Juli Martha (’10) works as a clinical research associate at the New England Research Institutes, Inc. in Watertown, Ma. She also works on a registry study in Europe that is examining prostate health in men with low testosterone levels. Since graduation, Juli obtained her Clinical Research Professional certification. “I miss BUSPH!” she writes.

Arthur Ensroth (’04) , the Project Director for Clinical Programs and Quality Measurement at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, is making a “pay it forward” gesture to BUSPH.  He is donating the cash equivalent of his 25th anniversary gift from Harvard Pilgrim to the BUSPH Community Scholars Fund, he says, because “when the tuition benefit (from Harvard Pilgrim) had to be reduced, and I was thinking of dropping out of the program, BU stepped in with a merit partial scholarship to make up the difference.  I will always be grateful for their confidence and support and feel I owe them something in return.  Now, I’d like to support opportunities for people who don’t have such a generous employer.”

Health Law

Heather Pierce (’02) recently joined the Association of American Medical Colleges as Senior Director, Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel. In her new role, Heather serves as the AAMC’s leader on issues related to conflicts of interest, human subjects’ protection, regulatory compliance and other matters related to biomedical research. Heather comes to the AAMC from Ropes & Gray LLP, where she was an attorney in the firm’s health care group in New York.

Health Policy and Management and Health Services

Nancy Weiland Carpenter (’95) is currently serving as executive director of the Massachusetts Association for School-Based Health Care, a statewide, not-for-profit educational and advocacy organization based in Boston. The group represents the 58 school-based health centers in Mass. These centers are primarily located in schools serving low-income, disadvantaged students. The epidemic of students dropping out of high school is an important public health concern, given that education is the best predictor of good health status, Nancy says.

Jackie (Harvey) Harder (’09) is working in corporate strategy and marketing for the healthcare analytics firm,Verisk Health.

Chris Wilterdink (’10) now works as a business and strategic planner at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Mass.

 International Health

Fanny Figueroa (’06) has oriented her public health career towards support programs for kids, with a particular passion for children that face preventable problems. Her work in implementing programs to help kids overcome these obstacles makes her very proud of her professional life, she says.

Ellen Church (’03), her 4-year old son, Marley, and husband, Jason, welcomed their second son to the family this summer. The new addition came after Ellen spent a busy year participating in the social justice leadership program, LeadBoston, volunteering with the Newton Tanzania Collaborative, and working with BUSPH IH Professor Taryn Vian as a teaching assistant in Financial Management for International Health. This fall marked Ellen’s fifth year in administration at the Department of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

Maternal and Child Health

Renata Koziol (’10) has been working in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute for the past two years. After finishing her MPH degree in December 2010, she was promoted to a Research Associate position on a study examining the effectiveness of electronic medical record alerts on pediatricians’ care and treatment of obese children. Her primary task is assisting with the development and implementation of a comparative effectiveness study of health information technology in the pediatric primary care setting for the treatment of childhood obesity. She also assists with grant writing, analysis, data management and evaluation.

Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Jessica Ansong (’09) completed a brief internship in Nigeria after graduation. She then moved to Richmond, VA, for an evaluation specialist position at The Balm in Gilead, Inc., a small, faith-based, international non-profit, where she honed and expanded her public health skills. Her assignment has ended, she says, and she is relocating back home to Atlanta, GA. She is looking forward to continuing her public health career in Atlanta and to spending more time with her family.

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