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Miranda Moore Lands CSTE Fellowship

As graduation approaches, our research assistants will be looking forward to their next positions.

As graduation approaches, our research assistants will be looking forward to their next positions as they make their way into public health practice.

May 19, 2014

Last fall, when considering where to go after graduation, Miranda Moore, research assistant at NWCPHP, came across the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Applied Fellowships online.

“It sounded exactly like what I want to do—to have a hands-on role in a state or local agency,” she said.

Miranda submitted her application in November, made it through the first cut, and flew to Atlanta in March for interviews with CSTE staff. The program trimmed the applicant pool again before taking prospective fellows and the host organizations through a match process. Each applicant selected up to four host sites and programs with which to interview. Following the interviews, both the applicants and the sites ranked each other, and not all applicants received a placement. Miranda was happy to match with her top choice, the Enteric, Waterborne and Hepatitis Unit of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Starting this summer, she will work primarily on hepatitis C surveillance and evaluation. Her work at NWCPHP on the Washington Statewide Health Information Exchange Evaluation Project was of interest to NYC Health Department.

“The experience I gained at NWCPHP designing survey questions, analyzing data, and writing reports helped a lot during the interview process,” she said. “They [NYC Health Department] are interested in how health information exchanges could be used in New York to help with hepatitis C cases to track information about case reporting and patient information.”

After graduating in June from the University of Washington School of Public Health with an MPH in epidemiology, Miranda will move to New York to begin her two-year fellowship in Queens. It’s a homecoming of sorts. Originally from England, Miranda grew up in New York City, and is looking forward to being closer to family, friends, and Europe, where much of her family still resides. She left New York after high school to attend Georgetown where she received a BS in biology.

“I also have a history minor,” she added. “I liked studying the history of disease.”

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