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Alumni Notes

Alumni Notes


Ali Alam, MPH ’06, launched “Helping Hands for Cancer Patients” this year in order to raise cancer awareness and foster diagnosis and management for patients in need at Shifa Foundation Falahee Clinic, H-8/4, in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Dara Antrum, MHS ’08, is the health advocacy regional manager at Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization based in Boston, Mass., where she oversees the regional health care reform efforts of the 11-state Southern Health Partners program.

Tanyka Barber, MHS ’00, JD, was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2008 and is an attorney with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations.

Daniel Berg, MPH ’08, provides primary care at a local federally qualifying health clinic in St. Louis, while also coordinating local public health projects.

Mark Bittle, DrPH ’06, MBA, was promoted to vice president of Ambulatory Services for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Michelle B. Cung, MHS ’06, has been accepted to an osteopathic medical school at AZCOM, Midwestern University.

Mireille Mpoudi Ngole Etame, MPH ’08, is a senior health specialist at the NIH, after working at PneumoADIP.

Miryam Granthon, MPH ’07, a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) alumna, served on the HHS Hispanic Heritage Month Committee and is the secretary for the HHS Hispanic Employee Organization.

Brendan Hanley, MPH ’03, is the Chief Medical Officer of Health in Yukon, Canada, where he is responsible for the public health of a region with a population of 30,000.

Matthew Kelley, MPH ’08, has been named HHS Program Analyst for the Office of the City Administrator, Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington D.C.

Christina B. Khaokham, MPH ’08, MSN, was appointed to the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. She is the fourth nurse graduate of the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health Educational Research Center’s Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program.

Somchai Laowattana, PhD ’05, authored Left Insular Stroke Is Associated with Adverse Cardiac Outcome, published by Verlag VDM, Germany.

Hong Li, MD, MPH ’06, worked at Johnson & Johnson as a senior clinical research scientist and manager, Safety and Risk Management, and is now at Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization as Associate Director for Clinical Global Development, CNS.

Sara Lowther, PhD ’08, MPH, currently works in the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and is posted at the Minnesota Department of Health.

Eric Mah, MHS ’03, is the director of the human research protection program at the University of California, Davis.

Robert K. Musil, PhD, MPH ’01, Chairman of the Board of 2020 Vision: Environment, Energy and Security Solutions, has published Hope for A Heated Planet: How Americans Are Fighting Global Warming and Building a Better Future (Rutgers University Press, 2009). He is a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Visiting Fellow for 2008–2009.

Remington Nevin, MD, MPH ’04, on break from his position as a U.S. Army physician-epidemiologist at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, is stationed at U.S. Africa Command Civil Affairs, Djibouti. Throughout 2009, he will fight the Global War on Worms, targeting helminth infections in underserved areas of Ethiopia, Djibouti, and the Horn of Africa and deploying Weapons of Mass Deworming (WMD).

Cindy Parker, MD, MPH ’00, co-authored Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk (What You Can Do to Protect Yourself and Your Family), which may be the first book written specifically for a lay audience about the health effects of climate change.

Gita Pillai, PhD ’01, is in her fifth year at the Regional Director for MCH and Deputy Chief of Party for John Snow Inc. and the ZdravPlus Project in Central Asia.

Christina Polyak, MPH ’01, is completing her internal medicine residency at the University of Washington (Seattle) and will start her infectious diseases fellowship in July.

Lisa Purvis, MHS ’00, MBA, is a senior research program manager at Dartmouth Medical School, Department of Pediatrics. She is also a faculty member at Dartmouth’s MPH program, and she is an adjunct faculty at the University of New Hampshire’s MPH program and at the Bloomberg School.

Sandy Summers, MPH ’02, MSN, recently co-authored Saving Lives: Why the Media’s Portrayal of Nurses Puts Us All at Risk, which examines the global nursing shortage and its repercussions.

Jennifer Taillie, MHS-HFM ’05, continues to work for Stockamp, a Huron Consulting Group Practice.

A. Udaya Thomas, MPH ’04, MSN, is a senior program officer in the Global Programs Operation Unit at Jhpiego. A registered nurse, she also holds an adjunct faculty member position at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Salim Al Wahaibi, MPH ’00, Director, Environment & Occupational Health, has been nominated as Chairman of Oman Public Health Association (OPHA) and as Vice Chairman of the National Committee in Occupational Health and Safety.

Erin Winstanley, PhD ’09, after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and is also the Director of Health Services Research and Delivery at a mental health facility affiliated with UC.

Shana Yansen, MHS ’02, works for the Bloomberg School’s Center for Communication Programs on projects in Pakistan, and recently launched Jute and Jackfruit, a company that offers organic, sustainable and socially conscious products from all over the world.

Yung-Chieh Yen, MD, PhD ’07, ScM, is the director of the Department of Psychiatry, E-Da Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He is also assistant professor at the College of Medicine, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology (ICGP) awarded him the International Junior Investigator Award in 2008.

Elizabeth Yi, MPH ’08, MBA, is the clinical research site manager at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s research institute.

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