Below are the bios and open positions for the 2017-2018 Executive Board
President - Lauren Goldman
Lauren is a second year Master of Health Services Administration candidate. She received a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis & Management from Cornell University in 2016. Her interest in health management and policy stems from her time working as a physician office assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, in which she observed the meticulous and face-paced daily operations of the administrative side of healthcare. Intrigued by the complexities of the industry and her undergraduate classes on population health and health policy, she pursued her MHSA. As a graduate student she continues to learn more about the insurance markets, social determinants of health, hospital accounting and finance, and health information technology. She spent her summer interning at Lehigh Valley Health Network, in which she had the opportunity to complete a Lean Six Sigma certification through a project focusing on decreasing patient transport delays. This internship also gave her a deeper interest in patient experience and patient access, community health initiatives, and strategic planning. One of her favorite parts of about Michigan experience, though, was her participation in WiHL. Her time as HMP Department Representative allowed her to take advantage of the great events WiHL host and meet students across SPH. She looks forward to being the next President and hopes the members find value and has fun through their membership.
Vice President - Allie Babcock
Allie is a second year Master of Public Health candidate in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and Sustainability from the University of Michigan in 2015. From there she worked in youth sport programming in Calgary, Alberta where she united passions for health programming and high performance sport. While always being interested about the healing properties of food and the role of food systems in communities, she returned to Michigan to pursue her graduate degree. She continues to learn about the role of clinical and community nutrition in aspects of behavior change, environmental protection, prevention, disease management, and policy. During first year, she participated in Innovation in Action and sought to tackle chronic disease management with innovative thinking. Following that experience, Allie completed her summer internship in Denver, Colorado at TranS1, an early-stage biotechnology company. There she helped prepare an argument for private-insurance reimbursement for specific technologies and created an outpatient treatment and nutrition plan for elective surgery. In all of her Michigan experiences, Allie has always valued the networking, personal development, and community involvement WiHL provides for its members and looks forward to facilitating more opportunities for members to engage with and grasp their fullest potential.
Co-Chair of Professional Development and Networking - Lititia Satpathy
Lititia is a second year Master of Health Services Administration student in Health Management & Policy with a passion for cultural competency in healthcare, patient access, organizational culture, health policy, and healthcare quality. She received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health from New York University in 2016. Lititia completed her summer internship at the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City working on a patient portal initiative and a number of additional short term hospital operations projects. After graduation, Lititia plans to enter the hospital administration field in a role which addresses health disparities and access issues and related health insurance challenges.
Co-Chair of Professional Development and Networking
This position is open
Chair of Communications - Rachel Bittman
Rachel is a second-year Master of Public Health student in Health Behavior & Health Education, specializing in Health Communication and simultaneously completing graduate certificates in Global Health and Health Informatics. She received a Bachelor of Science in Video/Television and Film from Hofstra University in 2011, after which she spent several years working as a freelance videographer on several short and feature length films. Rachel has also completed a Culinary Arts certificate and worked as a caterer for a year, before her passion for food and cooking solidified into interests in health and wellness. She served with AmeriCorps for two years, working with community and school wellness programs, and setting up a SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) education training program for emergency services organizations. It was during this time that her interests began to center on health education and health communication. Rachel completed her summer internship in Kigali, Rwanda, working with a breast cancer initiative; she conducted qualitative interviews with organization volunteers, completed a program evaluation based on their responses and additional research, and set up and launched a data tracking system for the organization to use to gather data from volunteers for use in bettering their programs. She currently works as a Research Assistant with the University of Michigan's Stroke Program. After graduation, Rachel plans to work in a nonprofit or government setting, in the fields of health communication and global health.
Chair of Finance
This position is open
Chair of Community Service and Mentorship - Emily Compton
Emily is a second year Master of Public Health candidate in the Nutritional Sciences department with a concentration in Dietetics. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Nutritional Sciences, specializing in Health Promotion. After graduation Emily spent time working at Michigan State University Extension, teaching nutrition to kids and adults of all ages, as well as social and emotional health courses. After returning to school to complete her Master’s, Emily’s interest in eating disorder prevention exploded. She is eager to use her passion and skill to empower women and teach them how to eat intuitively, and how to love and care for their bodies. Emily completed her MPH internship at IDC Integrative Health, an eating disorder treatment center. This year Emily is the Chair for the Community Service and Mentoring Committee and could not be more thrilled. She hopes to inspire others to serve their communities with compassion and fervor. Besides engaging in opportunities to give back, Emily values that WiHL is an organization of like-minded, driven women who push each other to reach higher every day.
Chair of Leadership Summit Committee
This position is open
SPH Department Representatives
All positions are open:
Biostatistics Environmental Health Sciences Epidemiology Health Behavior & Health Communication Health Informatics Health Management & Policy Nutritional Sciences Undergraduate