Health Behavior Alumni Feature and Updates

The Department of Health Behavior adds updates as we hear them. We compile and distribute them the list at least annually as a component of our e-newsletter.

Alumni Updates June 2018 to present

Traci Baird

Traci L. Baird MPH, 1995 has been named President and CEO of EngenderHealth, a leading global women’s health and sexual and reproductive rights organization. Baird, an experienced and respected leader in the field, comes to the organization after serving as CEO of SHIFT NC, a nonprofit organization working to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health across North Carolina. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President of Programs for a global reproductive health organization, Ipas, where she held numerous leadership positions over more than 20 years.

EngenderHealth Board Chair, Robert D. Petty, said, “Traci is the ideal leader for the next phase of EngenderHealth’s work. She has a blend of mission-driven passion, managerial expertise, deep technical experience, and program design and management. She has shown a proven ability to grow organizations and expand funding. After a comprehensive search, I am confident that Traci is the right person to successfully lead this organization.” Read more.

Nancy E. Epstein, MPH 1980, who also holds a MAHL (Master of Hebrew Letters) degree, is a professor of community health and prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. She has taught at Drexel for the last 18 years, and in 2017, won one of the university’s top teaching awards.

Epstein moved to Philadelphia in 2000 to enter seminary after a successful career in heath policy in Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C., and was ordained a rabbi in 2006. She is a contributing author to “Why Religion and Spirituality Matter for Public Health, ” a textbook published in spring 2018. Read more on her faculty profile page.

Lindsay Olson begins term as president of the Health Behavior Alumni Section

Lindsay Olson, health behavior alumna

Dear fellow alumni,

I am excited to take on the role of president of the Health Behavior Section of the Gillings School Alumni Association.

It is a role that will allow me to work with the Advisory Board of the Gillings Alumni Association. The board’s charge is to advise the School’s leadership on issues relevant to alumni and strengthen connections between alumni and Gillings.

But even moreso, I am delighted to serve the alumni. It is great to have had the opportunity to work with Hannah Prentice-Dunn over the last year and to carry forward her work organizing the annual Career Day for current students and social events for area alumni. Under Hannah’s leadership, local alumni are more engaged with each other and I hope to continue that through my term.

We will follow the tradition of sending an annual 5-minute survey that allows you to provide an update and answer a couple of questions. This year we will ask you about:

  • The public health issues that are top of mind for you
  • The ways you engage with alumni in your local areas. (Do you have a facebook page, or a local meetup, etc.?)

I love hearing from alumni. When I read the updates shared in the last newsletter, frankly, I was impressed with the breadth of your endeavors and the clear enthusiasm to connect.  I hope we can build on that.

Email is the best way to contact me and it helps if you put HB Alumni in the subject line.


Lindsay Tague Olson

Dr. Alllison Meyers

Allison Meyers, MPH 2005, PhD 2016, will become the first full-time director of the Oregon State University Center for Health Innovation in September 2018.

Meyers, who has expertise in public health policy, research and entrepreneurship, served as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow through the National Academy of Medicine in 2017-2018 and co-founded Counter Tools, a nonprofit located in Carrboro, N.C. while completing her graduate studies.

She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon between undergraduate and graduate studies. Read about Meyers.

 posted June 24, 2018

Mohamed Jalloh talks about the response to Ebola

Mohamed Jalloh, MPH 2010,  a CDC epidemiologist, shares his experience responding to the devastating Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone in this powerful video. Jalloh is a candidate for the PhD in public health sciences at Karolinska Institutet.

posted June, 2018

David Kingdon, MPH2003, was promoted to Associate Professor at University of Hawaii / Kapi’olani Community College (KCC) in Honolulu in 2018. He has been a member of the faculty at KCC since 2003 and in recent years has taught intern and practicum courses for emergency medical technicians and paramedics. He is also a supervisor for the Ma’alaea Special Response paramedic unit with Maui County Emergency Medical Service. He holds many licenses and certifications related to his work in emergency care.  See the KCC faculty directory.

posted June, 2018

Informal alumni get together

From left: Joscelyn Silsby, Alyson Hyman, Sara Stratton, Jennifer Schuster, Jan Capps (all MPH 1993)

Twenty five years ago, these five friends graduated. In 2018, they improvised a mini-reunion of supportive old friends. (Photo shared by Alyson Hyman)

Posted June, 2018


More than 100 alumni updates from September 2017-June 2018 were shared in our spring newsletter

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