Health Policy & Management

Health Policy & Management

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Steve Chen

My name is Steve Chen. I am a second-year student in the Health Policy & Management department, pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Health Policy and Health Services Research. I completed a fellowship with the National Cancer Institute before matriculating at Rollins. Here at Emory, I conduct research on health care utilization and spending trends and work on an interdisciplinary team to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of an integrated delivery care program at Grady Memorial Hospital. I am interested in the role of technology in improving health systems (in particular cancer care), and am involved with the Rollins mHealth Collaboration (RmC) and Rollins Association for Cancer Prevention and Control (RACPAC). You’ll find me looking for the next great place to eat in Atlanta.


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Rocksuna Falahati

Hi everyone! My name is Rocksuna Falahati. I am a second-year Health Policy and Management student on the management track. I’m originally from Orlando, Florida and I graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Biology in May 2017.  After graduating from college, I volunteered and then worked full-time at the American Red Cross where I was exposed to the nonprofit sector of public health community outreach. Afterwards, I worked full-time as an analyst at a healthcare consulting company which further strengthened my passion for public health in the consulting sector. I fell in love with Rollins during Destination Public Health, because of the sense of community I felt from the faculty and students. I knew Rollins would be a great place to attend school, because it would give me an opportunity to help reach my academic and professional goals while finding and meeting connections and mentors in the field. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to contact me. I’m so excited to share my Rollins experience with everyone!


Jeneice George

Hello, my name is Jeneice and I am a first-year Health Policy & Management student on the management track! I am from California, born and raised. I went to UCLA for undergrad and my major was in Human Biology & Society and my minor was in Global Health. I have had a passion for public health since high school. Since then, I have broadened my scope and insights into all areas of public health and have decided to land in health policy & management. I hope to work as a public health consultant and help make a wide variety of improvements and changes within healthcare facilities in the long run! I enjoy watching movies, especially horror, and going on a nice hike on sunny days and nice weather forecasts. A fun fact about myself is that I’ve traveled to Athens, Greece and toured a couple of ancient theaters, including one where the famed Julius Cesar was rumored to frequent!


Aisha Mahmood

Hey guys! My name is Aisha Mahmood, and I am a second-year Health Policy and Management student on the policy track. I’m from Birmingham, AL and just graduated Emory with a degree in Political Science in May of 2018. While a senior at Emory, I had the opportunity to take a class on Women’s Health Policy at Rollins, and it cemented my decision to pursue public health. My public health interests lie in increasing access to health care through policy and working to improve health equity by addressing the social determinants of health. The collaborative environment combined with the amazing resources truly set Rollins apart from other programs and have made a real difference in my public health career.All the students here are so passionate about helping the community, and everyone is invested in helping each other succeed. Currently, I work as a graduate assistant for Graduation Generation, an office in the Emory Center for Civic and Community Engagement that focuses on supporting Atlanta Public School students through various educational and social programs. I am also one of the Graduate Student Government Representatives for the Rollins Student Government and President of Emory’s Graduate Muslim Student Council. In my free time, I love to read, hang out with friends, and explore all the amazing things Atlanta has to offer. This is my 5th year at Emory and in Atlanta, and I am so EXCITED to share my love for Rollins with all of you!


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Aviance McKenzie

Hello, my name is Aviance McKenzie. I am a first year Health Policy and Management student, here at Rollins with a concentration in Management . I am from Jacksonville, Florida and I went to the University of Florida for undergrad (Go GATORS!), where I majored in Anthropology with a minor in Health Disparities. I knew I had made the right choice of attending Emory when I came to Visit Emory. The atmosphere here is so welcoming and the people that work here, staff and faculty, truly promote a positive environment.  My academic interests include health disparities as it concerns low income communities, access to care, and cultural competency among health professionals.  My personal interests included Netflix, traveling, yoga, and dogs. If you have a dog or show me a picture of one I will 100% call you my friend lol. But all jokes aside, I can’t wait to meet and talk with you all!


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Lauren Panchley

Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Panchley. I’m a second-year student in the Health Policy and Management (HPM) department on the policy track, and I’m also pursuing a certificate in the Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health. I’m originally from Rhode Island; I grew up in a small town called Tiverton, and I went to Providence College in Providence, RI, for undergrad, where I was an HPM major (yes, really!). I knew from the first day I visited Rollins that it was the school for me; Emory is an excellent school and Atlanta is an awesome city, but what I loved the most was the sense of family and community I got from everyone at Rollins – it was evident that students, faculty, and staff all love to work with one another and genuinely want to help others succeed. This is why I’m so excited to be a part of the ambassadors team – to show you all what’s so awesome about Rollins and why it’s (objectively!) the best school of public health out there. I can’t wait to meet and chat with everyone!


Hello! My name is Trevor Pugh (He/Him/His). I am a first-year student in the Health

Trevor Pugh

Policy and Management department. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I just spent the last three years in Washington, D.C. at American University where I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Public Health. As an MPH candidate, I have an interest in improving the capacity, efficiency, and effectiveness of our health departments on the local, state, or federal level. Aside from classes, I work part time at the CDC doing data analytics for the Center of Global Health. I also serve in the Rollins Student Government Association as the University Senate representative. I am always looking for new and exciting opportunities to get involved. Being able to come right from undergrad into Emory’s MPH program is a dream come true. Rollins offers valuable coursework, exceptional faculty, and creates a welcoming environment that makes being here worthwhile. I hope that Rollins can be the same for you! Do not hesitate to reach out!


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Jonathan Pye

Hey guys! My name is Jonathan Pye, a second-year Health Policy and Management student on the Management track. I was born in Seoul, South Korea but was adopted when I was 5 months old. A little fun fact is that I am one of six children all of whom have been adopted from either China, India, or Korea. In May 2017, I graduated from the University of Georgia where I studied Biology. Immediately after graduation, I worked at Augusta University in the Vascular Biology Center where we studied obesity induced Atherosclerotic lesion formation. I chose Rollins because it would empower me to become an effective leader in healthcare reform and delivery. Outside of Rollins, I love all things basketball, food, and swing dancing. Yes, I love to swing dance! I look forward to sharing my experiences at Rollins with you all and being a part of one of the best decisions you will ever make!

Amy Shim

Hi everyone, my name is Amy Shim. I am a first-year Health Policy and Management student pursuing a MSPH in Health Policy and Health Services Research. My hometown is Orange County, CA, and I studied Sociology and Statistics at UCLA before coming to Rollins. I have three years of post-undergrad work experience, and I’ve worked with geriatric health initiatives under UCLA Health, as well as safety and efficacy evaluations of various therapies under a pharmaceutical consulting company. My public health interests include gun violence, vaccination compliance, and HIV prevention on a global scale. Rollins is such a great advocate for students to truly pursue their research interests, and I feel so blessed to be part of this community. I currently work for the Health Informatics Branch at the CDC through the REAL program, and I’ve been doing some really interesting work on the cost-effectiveness of open-source medical record systems using real-world data. Outside of Rollins, I like catching live music, taking strolls on the Beltline, hot yoga, and painting! Looking forward to connecting with all of you!


Claire Talbert

My name is Claire Talbert, and I am a first-year MPH student in the department of health policy and management. I’m originally from Washington (the state), and I graduated from Western Washington University in 2018 with degrees in Community Health and Spanish. Immediately after, I moved to rural northern California and completed a year of service through AmeriCorps working with families involved in the Child Welfare System as part of a child abuse prevention initiative. I hope to use all of the knowledge and experience I gain at Rollins to improve healthcare access and outcomes in rural communities. In my free time, I love to hike, read, and drink coffee.



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Nayantara Venkataraman

Hi everyone! My name is Nayantara and I am a first-year Health Policy & Management MPH student on the Management track. I am originally from India, but I was born in Paris and grew up between Paris, Dubai, and Houston. I went to Emory for my undergrad, graduating in 2017 from the business school with a BBA and French double major. After graduation I moved back to Houston and worked as a communications and branding analyst for an IT consulting company. I also interned in the patient admissions department of Texas Children’s Hospital, and completed a graduate-level certificate program in public health informatics. At Rollins, I am currently involved in RSGA (Rollins’ student government) and the Emory Global Health Institute Student Advisory Committee (which I was a member of in undergrad as well). In my free time, I like to explore Atlanta, hike, try new foods, and spend time with friends. I’m super excited to be back at Emory, so please reach out if you have any questions at all about Rollins, Emory, or Atlanta in general!


Vincent Varvaro

My name is Vincent Varvaro and I am a first-year Health Policy & Management student on the policy track. I am a lifelong New Yorker and grew up in a small town near Saratoga Springs, NY. I recently graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Psychology and Sociology and came to Rollins immediately after completing undergrad. While at Stony Brook, I was able to take a Society and Medicine course, and it was that course, and the professor that taught it, that convinced me that I wanted to get into public health. Here at Rollins, I am a graduate research assistant in the Center for AIDs Research through the REAL program. Outside of Rollins, I love being active and the outdoors, as well as trying new foods! I chose to come to Rollins because of the great sense of community here as well as its location, which was a definite bonus, and I have never regretted a second of it. Rollins is a special place and I can’t wait to share how special it is with everyone!