Class Notes – Winter 2013

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Environmental Health

Russell Lopez (’03) has published a new book, titled Building American Public Health: Urban Planning, Architecture, and the Quest for Better Public Health in the United States. It examines the history of health and man-made environments, and traces the influence of health on urban design and architecture from the early 1800s onwards.

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Bahby Banks (’05) has recently joined the Duke Endowment’s evaluation team, where she will help the Endowment use research and evidence to learn from its work and continuously improve the effectiveness of its grant-making as it seeks to enrich lives and communities in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Richard Clapp (’89) presented the first Scientific Research Award Lecture for the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association at its annual meeting in October. Clapp received this award because he has “always understood the need to produce good science that is useful to promote justice and equity, policy change, and technological solutions to problems.” He also received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Clean Water Action in September.

Health Policy & Management/Health Services

Kathleen Carey (’88) is a co-founder and board member of the Stella-Rosie Foundation, a new foundation dedicated to increasing the educational opportunities of orphaned and single-parent children in Uganda. The foundation works to identify children who lack access to educational opportunities where they can realize their full potential, and to support their entrance into and attendance at the schools where they can benefit the most.

Natalie Dell (’09) won an Olympic Bronze Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as part of the quadruple scull team. Dell was formerly a project coordinator for mental health studies focusing on depression and post-traumatic stress disorder at the Bedford VA Medical Center.

Carly Levy (’10) is the director of the newly-launched Masters of Public Health Online Program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Kimberly Rosciewicz (’94) is the assistant to Brown University’s new president Christine Paxton. Rosciewicz had formerly been the associate dean for operations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Health and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Samuel J. Skura (’97) will be the new Chief Administrative Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in March. Skura most recently was the Vice President in Division of Medicine at Lahey Clinic overseeing the faculty practice of 260 providers and running the hospital side of their clinics and testing operations.

Health Services Research

Winnie Suen (’06) received the annual Gail Douglas Award for Public Health Practice at the Boston Medical Center Partners Appreciation Luncheon on September 19, 2012. Board-certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative medicine, Suen has garnered a reputation for being a dedicated mentor to her students.

International Health

Reshma Naik (’11) is the 2011–12 recipient of the American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship. Reshma will use her $20,000 award to help fund research conducted for her dissertation, which is titled Let’s Make It Work: Empowering HIV-Positive Clients of Home-Based HIV Counseling and Testing to Receive Care and Treatment.

Rohit Ramchandani (’06) was recently selected as a recipient of a Grand Challenges Canada Rising Stars in Global Health Award. Ramchandani is a public health advisor to ColaLife, which is working in developing countries to bring Coca-Cola, bottlers, and others to open up Coca-Cola’s distribution channels to carry “social products” such as oral rehydration salts and zinc supplements to save children’s lives.

Andrew Stein (’09) is a public health advisor on the Stop Transmission of Polio (STOP) program in the Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Before joining the CDC, Andrew participated in the Masters International program, serving two years in the Peace Corps as a Community Health (HIV/AIDS) Education Volunteer in Swaziland.

Michael Zales '10

Michael Zales ’10

Michael Zales (’10)  was a guest speaker at BU’s International Education Week event in November 2012. He spoke on his yearlong internship with and subsequent work as a monitoring and evaluation officer for Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that uses the power and popularity of soccer to help communities fight the spread of AIDS/HIV in Africa.

Maternal & Child Health

Chris Chanyasulkit (’01) was reappointed to serve on the Massachusetts Asian American Commission at the State House on January 24, 2013.

Danielle McCloskey (’12) is currently a clinical research associate on Children’s Oncology Group-sponsored pediatric oncology research trials. While her husband is stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington, McCloskey has worked with the military community to promote healthy habits and choices and provide support for spouses of deployed Airmen. They are excited to announce that they are expecting their first child this month.

Tricia Tillman (’99) administrator of the Oregon Health Authority’s Office of Equity and Inclusion, was recently profiled in the Lund Report. In the article, Tillman stressed importance of government agencies working with care organizations and culturally diverse groups to create health equity.

Public Health

Maureen McClelland (’86) received the Award of Merit from the New England Water Works Association, in recognition of her outstanding service this past September.

Dr. Beth Rosenberg (’84) was named by President Obama to the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, where she will take part in investigating chemical accidents and making policy recommendations based on the board’s findings.

Social & Behavioral Science

Craig Andrade (’11) is the director of the Office of Community Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where he oversees planning, development, and implementation of programs and strategies to support and reinforce healthful behaviors.


Karen Daley (’88)

Karen Daley (’88),  American Nurses Association President, was honored by the Massachusetts Health Council for outstanding contributions to protecting and improving the health of Massachusetts on October 17. In 1998, Daley contracted Hepatitis C and the HIV/AIDS virus after suffering an accidental needlestick injury. Since then, Daley has traveled the world raising awareness about the importance of needlestick prevention. Daley is also a former SPH Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

Amanda Dennis (’12) has been awarded a $75,000 research grant from the Society of Family Planning to investigate the reproductive health needs of teenagers with epilepsy, based in part on her forthcoming dissertation’s development of a reproductive health decision aid for women with epilepsy.

Isabelle (Mathurin) Lopes (’05) is now the Senior Project Manager, Patient-Centered Medical Home Development, at Cambridge Health Alliance. Lopes stated, “It feels good to know that I am helping devise meaningful solutions to some of the most pressing health care issues.”

Silvia Serrano (’09) is the director of Community Relations at North Essex Community College’s Lawrence campus. She is responsible for acting as a liaison between the college and its surrounding communities, including the organization and oversight of several new community service projects.

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