I began the part-time MPH program with the goal of using my research and analytical skills to further policies that improve health. I am particularly interested in policies in three broad areas: reducing health disparities; responding to the social determinants of health; and, reforming health care delivery.
I bring to the program a background in law, as well as experience as a legal services attorney, a health law attorney, and a health policy consultant. As a law student, I participated in two health-related (legal) clinics in Boston, working with low-income elders and people with HIV/AIDS who were in need of legal assistance. After law school, I became a staff attorney for abused and neglected children in Maryland, representing over 200 children in my first year of practice, and witnessing, first-hand, the limitations of our social safety net. When I left legal services, I moved to California and practiced law with a mid-sized San Francisco law firm, representing non-profit hospitals, hospital districts, medical staff organizations, and skilled nursing facilities.
In the mid-1990s, I moved back to the East Coast and focused my attention on the demands of my young family. Over the past six years, I was involved in the start-up of a non-profit organization in downtown Cleveland, having served at various times as Board Chair, Vice Chair, Finance Committee Chair, and Governance Committee Chair. In the past two years, I have focused my efforts on building professional relationships and developing health policy expertise. In 2008, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to provide consulting services for a children’s advocacy organization on a health policy project.
I continue to seek out opportunities in health policy research and analysis. I am very excited about using the knowledge, skills, expertise, and contacts I develop as an MPH student at Johns Hopkins to become more involved in that work.