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Inductees

The 2020-2021 class of Mu Chapter inductees included 28 new members. Each Spring, eligible students are contacted by the Mu Chapter directly to apply for membership. Faculty and alumni application information is sent out through Arnold School listservs. For questions about membership criteria or applications, email deltaomg@mailbox.sc.edu.

Gabriel Benavidez 

Gabriel Benavidez 

I am a PhD candidate in Epidemiology interested in the impact of social and environmental influences on cancer outcomes within vulnerable populations. I hope to further expand my research to improve how we measure and assess health disparities in epidemiological research.

Ryan Leighton

Ryan Leighton 

I am an environmental microbiologist interested in marine pathogens and their interactions with surfaces, specifically plastics. In the future I hope to work for a governmental agency, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Jiajia Zhang

Jiajia Zhang 

My long term plan is to develop a risk prediction model to help the disease prevention, management and control in public health. Particularly I am focusing on using electronic health record data on infectious disease including HIV and COVID 19.

Peiyin Hung

Peiyin Hung 

My career goal is to develop a research program that assists community, state, and federal agencies in evaluating and identifying evidence-based healthcare interventions ensuring vulnerable populations, including those in underserved areas, prepare transitions from one care setting to another, with subsequent improvements in health for all.

Jennifer O'Neill

Jennifer O'Neill 

My public health interest is to increase opportunities for physical activity through policy and environmental changes and to educate future public health professionals.

Nabil Natafgi

Nabil Natafgi 

My primary areas of research are focused performance improvement, evaluation of telehealth intervention and policies, and methodologies of patients’ and stakeholders’ engagement in research. My career goal is to further advance my research agenda while contributing to teaching of our future generation of public health experts.

Dianna Colvin

Dianna Colvin 

- I have been working as a public health practitioner at UofSC for four year after completing my Masters of Public Health program. My experience is with policy, systems and environmental interventions and health communications. In the future, I would like to help create state and national health communications campaigns.

Serena Finley

Serena Finley 

I hold a B.A. in Public Health and a Masters in Health Administration in Health Services Policy and Management from the Arnold School of Public Health. My goal as a public health professional is to address opportunities for improvement in my community. I currently focus my education and experience in my role as the Electronic Health Record Specialist for University Health Services at UofSC. Each day I do all that I can to promote a healthy Carolina community, and provide clinical professionals with the resources to give UofSC a welcoming health care environment and the highest quality of care possible. I am excited to be contributing to UofSC health services and provide quality documentation and reporting services for our growing patient population.

Diana Diaz

Diana Diaz 

My interests are in child and maternal health, and cancer epidemiology. I plan on continuing as an environmental epidemiologist to learn more and gain more experience in these topic areas, so I can eventually work as an epidemiologist at a children's hospital.

Eboni Haynes

Eboni Haynes 

Dr. Haynes plans to continue her research in the scholarship of teaching and learning public health and quality improvement to advance public health performance. She also plans to continue her work with federal HHS agencies, state agencies, and non-profits in improving diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within their organizations.

Mohiuddin Ahsanul Kabir Chowdhury

Mohiuddin Ahsanul Kabir Chowdhury 

I am going to involve in academia and research. My future research interest areas would include maternal and child health, health systems, mental health, and non-communicable diseases. I am going to join a research intensive university as a faculty where I can fulfill my dreams and contribute effectively to the society and also the scientific community.

Allie Silverman

Allie Silverman 

I am going to pursue a PhD in Social Policy with a concentration in Behavioral Health from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. As an NIAAA pre-doctoral trainee, I hope to further study substance use, national policies, and sexual health in young adults.

Chloe Rodriguez Ramos

Chloe Rodriguez Ramos 

I will be continuing my work with the Institute for Families in Society for the Voices/Voces. 

Brianna Ashford-Carroll

Brianna Ashford-Carroll 

My public health interests are in maternal, child, and adolescent health, rural health, and racial/ethnic minority health. My goal is to use the public health approach in my career in medicine. I want to implement programs that serve the populations at the intersection of my public health interests.

Hannah Vickery

Hannah Vickery 

Hannah “Blythe” Vickery plans to pursue a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist certification with an end goal of attaining a PhD focusing on individuals with hearing loss. She desires to remain in South Carolina to increase the availability of auditory verbal therapy for clients who would benefit from such services.

Hildehardo “JR” Viado

Hildehardo “JR” Viado 

My public health interest(s) include addressing and mitigating environmental health risks to communities that are impacted by environmental justice challenges. My future plans include growing/mentoring the next generation of researchers and scientists by establishing STEM programs in school systems located in rural areas.

Amanda Elmore

Amanda Elmore 

My public health focus is maternal and child health epidemiology. I am currently finishing my PhD in epidemiology with a focus on perinatal health and maternal substance use. I am also currently a contractor with the Florida Birth Defects Registry. My future career plans include either a post-doc position in academia or a private sector epidemiologist.

Shelly-Ann Dakarai

Shelly-Ann Dakarai 

My interests are in the delivery of healthcare services, particularly in low and middle- income countries.

Melinda O'Leary

Melinda O'Leary 

My interests are childhood obesity prevention and treatment.

Alexa Tavares

Alexa Tavares 

I will be devoting my public health career to serving those with disabilities.

Gabriella Reynolds

Gabriella Reynolds 

I am a speech-language pathologist who has worked with children with reading impairment and children with hearing loss. As a researcher, I bring my clinical experience to my research questions. Through mentorship of students, publications, and presentations at conferences, I reach clinicians, and future clinicians, who work with these populations.

Alicia Oostdyk

Alicia Oostdyk 

I am interested in patient-provider communication and shared decision making for patients with chronic conditions. After graduation, I will be looking to continue conducting research in a healthcare or academic setting.

Adam Ereth

Adam Ereth 

My background is in climate change, adaptation planning and sustainability. I hope to use my education in Environmental Health Sciences to assist in creating common-sense rules and regulations that will help reach national sustainability goals.

Tina Leonard

Tina Leonard 

My public health interests include maternal/infant health, mental health, substance use, and adverse childhood experiences. Through evaluation and research, I hope to work with government agencies to improve program delivery and coordination of prevention efforts to reduce adverse childhood experiences and promote positive well-being for children in South Carolina.

Chloe Cobb

Chloe Cobb 

I plan to go to PA school to become a knowledgeable provider that can better the lives of many patients by providing the information and care necessary for them to live healthier lives.  

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Donald Baker

My name is Adam Baker, a senior in the Arnold School studying exercise science. After graduation, I will be enrolling in a rehabilitation science doctoral program to pursue a career devoted to advancing rehabilitation strategies from stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological disorders.

McKenzi Norris

McKenzi Norris 

Since graduation, I have been working as a COVID-19 contact tracer at UofSC. I will be starting my MS in Epidemiology at the University of Washington this autumn in pursuit of a research career in academia. My research and graduate interests include emerging vector-borne and zoonotic infectious disease epidemiology.

Bethany Hamm

Bethany Hamm 

After graduation from USC, I plan to obtain my Masters in Healthcare Administration to hopefully pursue a career in hospital management or healthcare consulting. During my career, I hope to increase access to healthcare in rural areas.

 

 


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