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SPH Alumni Updates

Spring/Summer 2016

Alexandria Marie Mann, Public Health Major 2016, is working as a dance teacher and EMT for American Medical Response. She is training to become a paramedic in Seattle.

Paul Nevin, MPH 2015, Global Health, received a national Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his photography documenting maternal health issues in Kenya. In 2014, he was also an international journalism fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Leah Dodge, MPH 2015, Global Health, was recently hired as an Epidemiologist - Project Coordinator at the Urban Indian Health Institute, a division of the Seattle Indian Health Board.

Melissa Arias, Public Health Major 2014, is working with the CDC through the Public Health Associate Program hosted at the Tulare County Public Health Department in Visalia, CA. She is part of the Core Accreditation Team working to pursue public health accreditation for the health department.

Miriam Alvarado, MPH 2013, Global Health, was selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She will be working toward a PhD in medical science at the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship will allow her to study the impact of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages in Barbados.

Carrie Dennett, MPH 2013, Nutritional Sciences, is a columnist with the Seattle Times. She uses her background as a registered dietician to write a weekly article focused on nutrition and health.

Gretchen Hammer, MPH 1999, Health Services (Maternal and Child Health), received the 2016 Livesay Award for Social Change from Colorado College where she received her undergraduate education. The award is given to alumni who have contributed significantly to the nonprofit sector in their dedication to social change and mentorship. Hammer worked as a consultant for nonprofit and other public-serving organizations for 10 years. She has now moved into the realm of state government and works for Colorado Medicaid. She remains committed to programs and social services that will help the most vulnerable members of the state.

Don Garvey, MSPH 1982, Industrial Hygiene, was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Korean Industrial Hygiene Association’s annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea. He spoke on hearing conservation in the construction industry. Garvey is currently the construction technical specialist for 3M Company in St. Paul, MN.

Sarah Patterson, MHA 1984, Health Services, received the Silver Award for Outstanding Health Care Executive-Puget Sound Region from Seattle Business Magazine. Patterson has been a member of the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center for nearly 30 years. She is a champion of lean management skills and process improvement in hospitals.

Anita Geving, MHA 1983, Health Services, was named Outstanding Medical Group Executive by Seattle Business Magazine. Since joining The Polyclinic in 2011, she has helped transform the company into a leading independent, multispecialty medical practice in the Puget Sound region. The clinic has grown from 83 physicians and 425 staff members in 2001, to more than 200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians and 1,025 staff members today. The clinic provides care to more than 200,000 patients in and around Seattle.


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