Community Health Program Design

Using the design-thinking process, evidence-based research and lived-experiences to improve systems.


Healthy Lifestyle Network (HLN)

A community based program to enable DC-based pediatricians to positively impact food access and childhood obesity. 

Washington, DC

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.



Ameri-Health Caritas District of Columbia

A Medicaid Managed Care Organization.

Washington, DC

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. 



World Vision

An International humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization

Washington, DC

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.