Student News - February 2020

HMSS doctoral student guest contributor for The Incidental Economist

Carmen Mitchell, MPH, doctoral student in the Department of Health Management & Systems Sciences, was a guest contributor for The Incidental Economist. Her post titled, “Let’s Retire Myths About Individual Behavior and Health” asks policymakers and health services researchers to shift the conversation from gym memberships to addressing the true underlying causes of healthcare expenses and population health management. Read more

MSHA team named “Top 8” finalist in UCLA Center for Healthcare Management case competition

The school’s MS in Health Administration case study team participated in the UCLA Center for Healthcare Management case competition that gives students a chance to showcase their knowledge and compete for $30,000 in prize money. Zoe Resmondo, Faith Waltrous, Rachael Parrill, and Matt Kretzchmer had 88 hours to analyze a real-world management challenge without support from SPHIS faculty. Their case submission was one of the top eight (out of 35) selected to be presented in-person to UCLA Health System executives in Los Angeles on January 24, 2020. The team provided specific recommendations on developing direct contracting healthcare services for employers in the Los Angeles market. Congratulations team!

Public health senior receives national award

Public health senior, Nyet Abraha, was recognized nationally for her exemplary work in raising awareness for access to reproductive health care as an intern with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK). Pay Our Interns, a nonprofit that advocates for intern pay, recognized Nyet as their first-ever Trailblazer Award recipient at an event in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12, 2019.

Sara Hall, PPINK Program and Policy Associate, nominated Nyet for the award:

“Nyet has worked tirelessly to help her classmates, co-workers and community understand the intersectionality of identities and the way that they may influence one’s right to comprehensive reproductive health care. Through community outreach, and as a young immigrant, woman of color, Nyet has increased visibility to the barriers and inequities of reproductive health access, creating spaces for community members to volunteer and share their stories. In all the work she has done with us, her mission has been steadfast in connecting the work with social determinants of health, creating a more sustainable future for our programs and for reproductive rights in Kentucky.”

Nyet’s interest and passion for equity and the health of marginalized communities is what motivated her to get involved with Planned Parenthood, where she has interned as a grassroots organizer and voter engagement specialist. Nyet also worked at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in D.C. as a youth organizing intern during the summer of 2019. She is the president of UofL’s chapter of Generation Action and a member of Planned Parenthood’s National Storytellers. She intends to make use of her passions and interests as an attorney specializing in healthcare. 


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