Using the design-thinking process, evidence-based research and lived-experiences to improve systems.
A community based program to enable DC-based pediatricians to positively impact food access and childhood obesity.
Program Advisor, January 2018 - Present
My involvement with this program began as a 3-month project to fulfill my ‘practicum’ requirement during graduate school. Over a year later, I remain an active advisor to Dr. Kofi Essel, the creator of this program to assist with program development, strategy and implementation. Dr. Essel is a community pediatrician at Children’s National Health System and director of Community/Urban Health at GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Goal: Enable DC-based pediatricians to treat and prevent childhood obesity and food insecurity
Conducted formative research and collaborated with community partners to develop a new community based program.
Created database of existing resources for families to access healthy food and physical activity.
Oversaw the creation of a training curriculum to teach future student program volunteers the social determinants of health and food justice landscape for the communities of the HLN client population.
A Medicaid Managed Care Organization.
Role: Consultant, September - December 2017
Provided consulting services for Amerihealth Caritas DC with a team of 3 other graduate students during the ‘Design Thinking for Public Health’ course.
Goal: Address the problem of late entry into prenatal care among Medicaid beneficiaries.
Utilized human-centered design methods and first person interviews to assess the social determinants of health and healthcare access landscape for pregnant Medicaid beneficiaries.
Developed a new evidence-based prenatal care program to improve healthcare access experience for Medicaid beneficiaries.
Presented findings and proposed solution to AmeriHealth Caritas staff.
Role: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Intern, August 2012- March 2013
Developed knowledge management system, analyzed best practices, and conducted cost per beneficiary analysis for World Vision’s existing water, sanitation and hygiene programs in 10 African countries.
Goal: Improve donor reporting for clean water and sanitation programs.
Developed impact reporting session at the World Vision annual meeting for large donor representatives (over $1 Million donations).
Created behavior change framework report for teaching communities in developing countries the health benefits of treating contaminated water and adopting sanitation and hygiene practices.
Coordinated the World Vision reception at the 2013 Water and Health Conference at UNC Chapel Hill.