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#InsideAPE: Joel Espinoza and the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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Meet Joel Espinoza! He is a second-year student on track to obtain a Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology. Joel is using his time at Rollins to obtain two certificates, one in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and the other in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH). In addition, he shares his experience working in local government in New York City and his second APE with us.


Tell us about your academic history/where you went to school.

I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology and Public Health. 

 

What are your primary research interests?

I’m primarily interested in infectious disease surveillance, dynamics, and analysis, mainly sexually transmitted infections (STIs), enteric illnesses, and multi-drug resistant organisms.

 

Tell us about your APE project.

I have two! The first is a paid position with the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). I was initially recruited to assess the severity of Hepatitis C Virus-related outcomes (cirrhosis, liver transplantation, cancer, etc.) from 2001 to 2019 in New York City; however, my tasks have expanded to generating reports and handling data requests for clinics throughout the city. I also provide analytical support as it relates to the new Monkeypox outbreak.

My second APE is tied to my thesis, where I work with GOJO Industries, which is the maker of Purell. I am creating a database to assess the efficacy of alcohol-based sanitizers versus traditional handwashing in reducing the microbial load on hands among varying age groups and geographies.

 

How did you find your APE project?

I started with random internet searches around large cities because I knew I wanted local government experience. I had found the Epi Scholars program with the DOHMH on my own, and I started working on the application about a month before I noticed that Rollins had shared it in the newsletter.

 

When did you start looking for an APE? When did you start working for your APE organization?

I started looking for APEs around late October/November, but I didn’t officially start with DOHMH until June! To be fair, there was a very long application process for this program, and I hadn’t confirmed my position until about mid-April.

 

Are you pursuing/interested in any certificates? If so, was it difficult to meet your APE requirements?

Yes! Luckily, the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and WASH certificates complement each other well, despite “double-dipping” being prohibited. I had to do two APEs because the Epi Scholars Program/Project was/is not WASH-related. Since my thesis was, I worked with GOJO Industries and my thesis advisor to create another APE that would benefit both GOJO and my academic career.

 

What has the experience been like so far?

I’d say I really hit the ground running with my current position. Local governments, especially large ones like New York City, are constantly changing and restructuring. This coincidentally left the current bureau I work in with only one data analyst, so they’ve put me to work! I have had some opportunities to network, but many people still operate remotely due to the pandemic. Luckily, I have received an offer to take on a remote contract position as a Research Specialist to continue to assist the department as needed.

 

Any advice for people looking for an APE?

The most sage advice I received was from Dr. Scott Fridkin: He encouraged me not to pick an APE just because it was “available,” alluding to my current work with the Georgia Emerging Infections Program. He made me realize that the APE serves to expand on our skills and experiences that we haven’t yet had the opportunity to gain within our first year. It gave me the courage to stick it out through the waiting period to hear back instead of settling for another option.

 

How have you been spending your free time this summer? Anything interesting you’re doing?

I’ve been exploring New York City! My jobs allow me to work remotely at times, so I also try to turn that into opportunities to explore new coffee shops.

 

What are three fun facts you want people to know about you?
  1. I’ve been a dancer for over eight years.
  2. I can make balloon animals.
  3. My favorite flavor is anything s’more related . . . with maple as a close second.

 

Thanks for talking with us, Joel! Tune in next week to see who we speak to next!


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Kelly Falcone!

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Meet Kelly Falcone! She is a second-year MPH Candidate in Environmental Health and Epidemiology. Last month, she shared with us the wide variety of topics she’s interested in and explores through her time at Rollins.


Tell us about your academic history/where you went to school.

I was a Public Health major and Environmental Studies minor at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. I came to Rollins right after I finished my undergraduate degree.

 

What are your primary research interests?

I’m interested in One Health, infectious disease, climate change, and health communications. My interest in infectious disease focuses primarily on foodborne and enteric diseases. I’ve had the opportunity to explore my wide variety of interests through classes at Rollins and my APE.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I’m wrapping up my two APE(s) right now! This summer, I was a communications assistant with two organizations: the Global Fortification Data Exchange (GFDx) and the CDC’s One Health office. I spent the summer developing social media content for each and analyzing social media data to improve communications strategies while learning more about One Health and how food fortification can help reduce micronutrient deficiencies.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

I’ve been able to get involved with so many organizations both on and off campus. For example, I’m part of the Rollins Student Government Association (RSGA), RSPH Admissions Ambassadors, and Emory Students for One Health. Being part of these organizations has helped to enhance my experience as a Rollins student.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you to pick Rollins?

I really valued the ability to gain work experience while pursuing my MPH since I did not take time off between leaving Furman and coming to Rollins. I knew Rollins had a lot of strong connections with organizations in Atlanta, so ultimately, the ability to gain valuable work experience throughout my time at Rollins was why I chose to attend.

 

What has been your favorite class at Rollins thus far, and why?

My favorite class at Rollins has been GH 580 (Control of Food and Waterborne Diseases). I took this in the January term, a pre-term session of the spring semester. We had so many guest speakers, and it was really cool to learn about their field experience and to hear from experts on a variety of topics. This is a topic I’m most passionate about, and I feel like I learned a lot even though it was only a week-long course!

 

How have you been spending your free time?

This summer, I’ve been by the pool, exploring the Beltline, attending concerts, and reading. (I have a few mysteries and thrillers if you’re looking for any.)

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I love to read mysteries and thrillers.
  2. Scrapbooking is one of my favorite hobbies.
  3. I just became an aunt this summer!

 

What advice do you have for 1st years?

Be kind to yourself! Graduate school can sometimes feel overwhelming, but remember that you are capable and deserve to be here!


 

Thanks for talking with us, Kelly! Join us next week to see who we speak to next!


#WeAreEmoryEpi: Meet Imari Genias!

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Meet Imari Genias! She is a second-year MPH Candidate in Global Epidemiology with an interest in disease surveillance and non-communicable diseases.


Tell us about your academic history/where you went to school.

I graduated from Duke University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Visual & Media Studies.

 

What are your primary research interests?

I don’t want to be a researcher per se, but I am interested in disease surveillance and non-communicable diseases. Much of what we are able to do in public health is influenced by how well we monitor disease.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am currently doing an internship with Leidos for a CDC project. I am working in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance at the CDC to manage healthcare organizations using electronic case reporting (eCR).

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

Emory has a lot of resources available for students to grow professionally.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you to pick Rollins?

I wanted a school with a lot of opportunities for students to gain real-world experience. I also wanted to stay in Georgia. Emory met both requirements.

 

What has been your favorite class at Rollins thus far, and why?

My favorite has been BIOS 500 with Jose Binongo. I like statistics and really enjoyed his personality. I even worked for him as a TA in the Spring and will continue doing so this fall semester.

 

What is one fond memory you’ve had at Rollins thus far?

Most of my friends are in my classes with me, so I enjoy getting to spend time with them. I don’t have a particular memory, but I enjoy working alongside them in class.

 

What advice do you have for 1st years?

Establish a good support group. It makes your experience (socially, academically, etc.) much easier.

 

How have you been spending your free time?

I play video games on my Nintendo Switch, and I try to get caught up on TV shows during the school year. (Watch the Bear on Hulu!)

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I’m allergic to shellfish, but I love eating shrimp and crab.
  2. I studied abroad in Australia for a month.
  3. I spent 7 months of my gap year after college volunteering in Guatemala. I had 12 hours to leave on the day I left because of the pandemic.

 

Thanks for talking with us, Imari! Join us next week to see who we speak to next!


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Erica Johnson!

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Meet Erica Johnson! She is a second year MPH Candidate in Epidemiology who tries to look at the intersection of microbiology, mathematics and machine learning.


Tell us about your academic history/where you went to school.

I did my undergraduate degrees at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. I received two Bachelors of Science in Microbiology and Mathematics.

 

What are your primary research interests?

I am interested in studying the intersection of microbiology, mathematics, and machine learning techniques in the space of public health. I would like to bring these areas of study together and look at how we can better make predictions of future outbreaks.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I have just started working on my thesis project in the Lopman lab under the guidance of Carol Liu. The project involves assessing the correlation between changes in self-reported and cell phone geolocated mobility using two large datasets. With this projevt, I am hoping to refine my programming and biostatistics skills as well as potentially making use of machine learning techniques.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

My favorite part about earning my MPH at Emory has been its close proximity to the CDC, as well as the diverse and complex experiences of both the other students in Rollins as well as the professors that teach here.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you to pick Rollins?

One of the main things I was looking for in a public health school was what careers and furhter research opportunities their graduates were able to take on. I was also very interested in a more biostatistics and programming-focused MPH curriculum. Both of these things lead me to choosing Rollins out of the multiple MPH programs I was accepted into.

 

What has been your favorite class at Rollins thus far, and why?

I have two favorite classes at Rollins so far!

  1. Applied Machine Learning: This class was taught by Dr. Max Lau, who really inspired my drive to learn more about this topic. Taking this class inspired me to look into PhD programs that use machine learning techniques in the public health space.
  2. Field Epidemiology was a one-week immersive class taught by Dr. Anne Spaulding the week before the spring semester began. During this class, I had the chance to learn from current Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officers and officials who really brought the information and materials that they learned at Rollins into their real world experiences.

 

What advice do you have for 1st years?

The time you spend at Rollins will be shorter than you think, so take advantage of everything you can while you are here. When you’re here, try to find the topic or subject that you find exciting and pursue that! And most importantly, talk to everyone that you can! Nothing beats hearing firsthand about a subject/topic from someone that has spent a large chunk of their life researching/doing it!

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I’m an Irish twin! My younger brother Matthew was born about 11 months after me.
  2. I’ve worked in the clinical research space both as a clinical research coordinator and a regulatory coordinator for clinical and investigator-run trials for about four years now.
  3. I currently have two dogs, Bryanna and Daisy, who are the joy of my life.

 

Thanks for talking with us, Erica! Don’t forget to join us next week to see who we meet next!


#WeAreEmoryEpi: Meet Diego Cruz!

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Meet Diego Cruz! He is a second-year Epidemiology MPH Candidate that has an interest in disease prevention. Read more about him below!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school.

I attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a concentration in prevention science. I also had the opportunity to attend the UT Health Science Center School of Public Health as an accelerated 4+1 undergraduate student.

 

What are your primary research interests?

I’m interested in PrEP uptake in Latinx and Black communities and examining the intersectionality between trauma-informed care and HIV care outcomes.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I currently work as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Natalie Crawford’s PrEP UP Pharmacies study. I specifically help with the implementation of a culturally appropriate pharmacy PrEP delivery model and examine its feasibility and acceptability among Black MSM (men who have sex with men) living in high-poverty or racial minority neighborhoods. I am also a phlebotomist for the Hope2Action study with Drs. Ameeta Kalokhe and Jessica Sales, where we examine the effects of trauma/violence on HIV care engagement and viral suppression with the goal of developing a screening tool for Ryan White HIV clinics.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

Having the opportunity to engage with the faculty and my cohort at Rollins has been my favorite part of earning my MPH at Emory. Learning from experts in the field of public health has been both a humbling and exciting experience to embark on.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

I chose Rollins because of the unwavering amount of support, career opportunities, and sense of connectedness between the students and faculty at Emory.

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I know how to play the violin.
  2. My mom is deaf and taught me American Sign Language!
  3. I’m a certified phlebotomist!

 


 

It was great getting to know you, Diego! Don’t forget to join us next time as we introduce another member of Emory EPI!


#InsideAPE: Noah Mancuso and Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases

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Meet Noah Mancuso! Noah is a second-year student on track to obtain a Master of Science in Public Health in Global Epidemiology. His primary research interest is HIV treatment and prevention. For his APE, Noah is working with one of our faculty members in Kenya!


Tell us about your academic history/where you went to school.

I studied both Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Global Health at Duke University as part of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program.

 

What are your primary research interests?

I’m interested in studying infectious diseases, specifically HIV treatment and prevention.

 

Tell us about your APE project.

I am working with Dr. Michael Chung and the Treatment, Research, and Expert Education (TREE) Program at the Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya. We are looking at cervical cancer recurrence among a large cohort of women living with HIV. My job is to help inventory biospecimens in the lab, to link them to patient electronic medical records, and to create an epi database for analysis.

 

How did you find your APE project?

Dr. Chung was a guest judge at the Global Health Case Competition I competed in, and his feedback/knowledge was super helpful. I then saw him listed as a faculty member attending the Epi Interactions event that the department hosted, and I decided to ask him more about his work.

 

When did you start looking for an APE? When did you start working for your APE organization?

I started looking for my APE over winter break and into the spring semester. I did not secure it until March. I started working on my APE in Atlanta in May, and I arrived in Kenya in June.

 

Are you pursuing/interested in any certificates? If so, was it difficult to meet your APE requirements?

I am doing the infectious disease epidemiology certificate, which is available for people across different departments to do. Since I am working with women living with HIV, it was not difficult to meet the certificate APE requirements.

 

What has the experience been like so far?

The experience has been great so far! The transition to Nairobi was very easy. My colleagues have been very welcoming of me and easy to work with, and there has been lots to explore and discover.

 

Any advice for people looking for an APE?

Don’t be afraid to ask your professors AND classmates if they know of any opportunities or faculty working in your field of interest. And don’t stress if everyone else around you appears to have their APE already figured out. 🙂

If you’re interested in working internationally, I’d also highly recommend looking into the Global Field Experience (GFE) Financial Award early on in your APE search, so that you can be prepared to apply for funding.

 

How have you been spending your free time this summer? Anything interesting that you’re doing?

So far, I have been able to do a lot of hiking and camping around Kenya, which has been super cool! I also connected with the Jump Rope Association of Kenya and have been jumping with local teams at their practices and community performances around Nairobi.

 

What are three fun facts you want people to know about you?
  1. I am a professional jump rope athlete.
  2. I love to cook for friends.
  3. My cat, Penelope, is cuter than yours.

 

Thanks for talking with us, Noah! Tune in next week to see who we speak to next!


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Ellisen Herndon

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In this week’s student spotlight, we are talking with Ellisen Herndon, one of the department’s two student representatives. She is a rising second-year MPH candidate, with a focus in research from a social determinant of health perspective. As a representative, she is a great point of contact for students to address theiri concerns with the department. Read more about her interests, her favorite things about Rollins, and catch up on what she’s doing with her summer!


Tell us about your academic history/where you went to school.

I am actually an Emory alumna! I graduated in 2018 with two Bachelors of Science degrees, one in Biology and another in Sociology.

 

What are your primary research interests?

I am particularly interested in social, cardiometabolic, or genetic/molecular epidemiology research. I am particularly passionate about any research that takes a social determinant of health perspective.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I am working with Dr. Shakira Suglia and the SDOH-LIFE Research Group to study how childhood adversity affects cardiometabolic measures in a young adult Puerto Rican cohort. In addition, I am currently completing my APE with the Georgia Department of Public Health, updating community health assessments for the West Central Health District and investigating racial disparities in health outcomes for the region.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

I enjoy working and studying alongside intellectually dedicated and creative people. The student body, faculty and staff are supportive and encourage you to become the best version of yourself.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you to pick Rollins?

I was looking for a school where I could tailor my education to my interests, while also reserving room to explore new areas of public health. Additionally, professors at Rollins are at the forefront of their respective fields, so they can provide valuable and unique insight.

 

What has been your favorite class at Rollins thus far, and why?

I have to say EPI 530 (Epidemiologic Methods I) has been my favorite course because it served as my first real introduction to epidemiology. It was an excellent foundation for my other classes and was made even better by Dr. Jodie Guest and her enthusiasm!

 

What advice do you have for first years?

Keep an open mind and take courses that may be out of your comfort zone. You may fall in love with a new topic!

 

How have you been spending your free time?

Sleeping in as often as possible and taking a ton of walks/hikes.

 

What is one place that you would recommend people to visit in Atlanta?

The Westside Reservoir Park is a great place for people to see! It is part of the Atlanta BeltLine project and is located at a beautiful quarry.

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. My “guilty pleasure” show is Love Island.
  2. I am originally from the metro Atlanta area.
  3. All of my plants are named after my favorite TV characters!

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Ellisen! Tune in next time for our next installment of #WeAreEmoryEpi.


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Erin LaFon

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Meet Erin LaFon! Erin is one of the epidemiology department’s two student representatives. Erin is a rising second year Epidemiology MPH Candidate with interests in zoonotic and emerging infectious disease. Erin’s role as a student representative gives students the chance to voice their feedback on student life and their experienes at RSPH. We took the opportunity to get to know her, her interests and what she’s doing this summer.


Tell us about your academic history/where you went to school.

I completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University in 2018, and then I completed a Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine with a concentration in Veterinary Forensics from the University of Florida in 2021.

 
What are your primary research interests?

My primary research interests are zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases.

 
Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I’m looking at the phylogenetics of Powassan Virus for my thesis. I’m also working with Emory’s School of Medicine on a database that looks at “long-hauler” neurologic symptoms as a result of COVID-19 and another project dealing with Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

 
What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

It has definitely been the connections that I’ve made with other students across all the departments.

 
When applying, what were you looking for in a public health school, and what factors drove you to pick Rollins?

One of the biggest factors for me was the proximity to Florida. My family is there, and being in Georgia allows for me to travel home for holidays easily.

 
What has been your favorite class at Rollins thus far, and why?

EPI 544 (Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases) was great! It was super interesting to listen to guest lectures and learn about all the different diseases. The course is taught by two CDC employees, and it was really great to hear about their careers.

 

What advice do you have for 1st years?

Get involved in something. It makes grad school more fun, and it lets you meet more people in other departments.

 

How have you been spending your free time?

I’ve been spending it reading, hiking and travelling.

 
What is one place that you would recommend people to visit?

I definitely recommend making the drive to Tallulah Gorge if you like hiking! It was a great experience!

 
What are three fun facts that you’d like people to know about you?
  1. I have two dogs, two snakes, a leopard gecko, and a bunny that all live in Georgia with me.
  2. I lived in St. Kitts and Nevis for a few months.
  3. I used to breed ball pythons, leopard geckos, and crested geckos.

 

Thanks for talking with us, Erin! Tune in next time to meet the next student that we introduce!


#WeAreEmoryEpi: Meet the 2022-23 Communications Team

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This week on #WeAreEmoryEpi, we’re introducing the new communications team for the Epidemiology Department! Erica Schipper is an incoming student in charge of The Confounder. Chisom Okereke will be running our @rollinsepilife on Instagram, and the Twitter account, @EmoryEpi, is run by myself, Tosin Olojo.


Tell us a little about your academic history/where you went to school.

Erica: I graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia this spring! I majored in Kinesiology & Health Sciences with a concentration in Public Health and a minor in math.

Chisom: I went to Johns Hopkins University where I majored in Public Health Studies. I graduated in 2019.

Tosin: I graduated in 2018 from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. I majored in Microbiology and had a minor in Science, Technology & Society.

 

What are your primary research interests?

Erica: I am most interested in studying chronic disease and social determinants of health at Rollins. 

Chisom: I am interested in infectious disease, primarily in youth populations as well as correctoinal healthcare epidemiology. Juvenile Correctional Healthcare is a major interest of mine as it combines both of my major interests.

Tosin: My primary research interests include infectious disease, specifically in disease surveillance. Surveillance allows us to get a true understanding of a disease and its trends, and it helps to monitor the control, elimination and potential eradication of disease. It can also help to prevent outbreaks.

 

What is your role on the communications team? What is something new you are looking forward to in regard to your new communications position?

Erica: I will be the Communications Associate, and my role will mostly be to update the Confounder. I am really excited to get started and to start connecting with people within our department.

Chisom: I will be taking on the role of the Social Media Associate. More specifically, I will be running the Instagram page for the Epidemiology Department.

Tosin: I will be a Social Media Associate, working primarily with Twitter. I am excited to help share all the great things people at Rollins are doing.

 

What are you most excited about for this coming fall semester?

Erica: It will be my first year at Emory, so I’m most excited to get to know the area and become part of the Rollins community.

Chisom: I am excited to continue working on my thesis and to further engage with work that I am deeply passionate about.

Tosin: I’m excited to learn more about topics that I love and to see more of Atlanta!

 

How have you been spending your summer?

Erica: I’ve been spending the summer living and working in my hometown of Alexandria, Virginia.

Chisom: I went abroad to Jamaica for my APE as a Health through Walls volunteer. I worked, in person, at various correctional facilities across the island to provide healthcare that would strengthen the already-present disease prevention and control protocols. Upon returning to the states, I also have been working remotely to establish a peer-education program within one of the adult facilities.

Tosin: I’m participating in a project with the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health to investigate the burden of antibiotic resistance among Atlanta residents through wastewater surveillance. I’m also helping to conduct a meta-analysis on gastroenteritis associated with adenovirus, which has been recently associated with severe pediatric hepatitis. I will also be doing some things in my home state of Michigan and doing some travelling over the summer.

 

What are three fun facts you want people to know about you?

Erica:

  1. I really like crafting hobbies like cross stitching and sewing.
  2. I love cooking and baking, and always love trying new recipes from the Food Network. 
  3. I’ve lived in the DC area for my whole life, and I am a big Washington Nationals fan.

Chisom:

  1. I was born on Christmas.
  2. I have a chaotic little dog named Obi. His name actually means “heart” in my native language (Igbo), and it’s not at all Star Wars related.
  3. I was a teacher before coming to Rollins.

Tosin:

  1. I am a huge sports fan. I actively root for the Yankees, but I genuinely love sports. I will do work with sports as background noise.
  2. I love watching movies and TV, but I’ve never seen Harry Potter, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. I haven’t even watched the Star Wars shows on Disney+, probably won’t watch the Lord of the Rings show, and have only seen one of the Fantastic Beasts movie.
  3. I was born at midnight. The nurse asked my mom whether she wanted me to be born January 11th or January 12th. She chose the latter.

 


Thanks for checking out the latest #WeAreEmoryEpi! We can’t wait to return in the fall, and we can’t wait to share with you our next guest for #WeAreEmoryEpi.


#WeAreEmoryEPI: Meet Daryn Ellison

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Meet Daryn Ellison! Daryn is a rising second-year epidemiology MPH candidate with research interests in reproductive health and justice. Specifically, she desires to focus on how social and environmental factors contrribute to health disparities in the health outcomes of underserved women and children.

Read more below!

 


 

Tell us a little bit about your academic history/where you went to school. 

I graduated from the University of Chicago in Spring of 2022 with an Honors B.A. in Psychology and minor in Biological Sciences.

 

Are there any exciting projects that you are currently working on that you’d like to share with us?

I currently work as a graduate researcher in the CDC Emergency Response and Recovery Branch, where I work to create tools for health facilities in low and middle income countries that aim to monitor and improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. I also currently serve as Vice President and Communications chair for Emory’s Reproductive Health Association (ERHA). I am excited to start my new position as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Community Engagement Co-chair in the fall.

 

What is your favorite part about earning your MPH at Emory?

I love that everyone here, both faculty and students, are very passionate about their work as public health professionals. Everyone here is so incredibly approachable, kind, and humble, and it has been a truly inspiring experience.

 

When applying, what were you looking for in a public heath school, and what factors drove you towards Rollins?

When applying for Rollins, I was looking for a community that allowed me to explore and learn about the many realms of public health while also helping me expand on my incoming interests and experience. In the short time that I have been here, I have been introduced to so many opportunities in and outside of the classroom and RSPH has exposed me to areas of public health that I am now interested in that I previously had no knowledge of.

 

What are three fun facts that you want people to know about you?
  1. I love to cook and bake! I’m starting a cookbook collection.
  2. I’m currently learning how to make resin art.
  3. I played varsity tennis in college.

 

What advice do you have for people who may be interested in getting their MPH?

My advice is don’t let the fear of having limited public health experience or knowledge of certain public health fields hold you back from exploring what Rollins has to offer. Rollins has so many great and unique opportunities to learn and get involved on campus and in Georgia, so really take advantage of that. Also, take the time to get to know people that have similar and different public health interests!

 


Thanks for sharing your story, Daryn! Stay tuned to The Confounder for our next feature with Diego!


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  • REHAC Meeting & OSI Sustainability Conversation October 5, 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CNR 1055 Event Type: Guest Lecture,MeetingJoin REHAC for our first event of the year! Come enjoy lunch, meet the REHAC e-board, and hear from folks at the Office of Sustainability Initiatives about sustainability at Emory.
  • RmC SQL Workshop October 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm CNR 1051 Event Type: MeetingContact Name: Emelie ColemanContact Email: emelie.coleman@emory.eduJoin the Rollins mHealth Collaborative and Dr. Manyam for a SQL workshop. Dinner will be provided.
  • Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Seminar October 6, 2022 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CNR-1000 Event Type: Seminar SeriesSeries: Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics SeminarSpeaker: Carl Yang, PhDContact Name: Porchia Coleman-ArnoldContact Email: Porchia.Arnold@emory.eduAbstract: Graph Mining for Healthcare

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