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New Staff Strengthen NWCPHP Research and Evaluation Support

NWCPHP investigates practice-relevant questions and translates findings into tools that have direct applications. Meet some of our research and evaluation staff members who have recently joined NWCPHP.

NWCPHP investigates practice-relevant questions and translates findings into tools that have direct applications. Meet some of our research and evaluation staff members who have recently joined NWCPHP.

January 29, 2015

Jooree Ahn

Jooree Ahn“NWCPHP plays a critical role in confronting the key problems we face in public health practice. I’m excited to be a part of this important work—investigating challenges in the practice community, and providing useful and relevant tools to solve them.”

Jooree is currently working towards a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Social Work at the University of Washington. She is a Research Assistant for the Next Generation 911 project. Her work involves conducting literature reviews, assisting in the development of survey, interview, and observational instruments, and contributing to the development of study protocols. Prior to joining NWCPHP, Jooree worked as a Research Intern for Partners for Our Children, and as an Interviewer for the Social Development Research Group.


Anne Althauser

Anne Althauser“Conducting research at NWCPHP combines all my public health skill interests by bridging grassroots public health research and policy development to bring about change in my own community. The high quality and variety of work that NWCPHP produces as well as faculty expertise were huge draws for me to work at NWCPHP.”

Anne Althauser is a Research Assistant for the Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) domestic program housed at NWCPHP. Her duties include conducting public health research and analysis, developing surveys, and writing literature reviews to support public health interventions.

She is currently working towards a Masters in Public Health in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program at the University of Washington. As part of her graduate studies, Anne is working with the Seattle transgender population around community stigma reduction interventions.

Before joining NWCPHP, Anne worked as a Program Coordinator in the Department of Global Health. Prior to that, Anne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington, and spent three years in San Juan Bautista, Paraguay as a Peace Corps Rural Health and Sanitation Volunteer. Anne has extensive experience in health promotion, grassroots organizing, and public health research.


Phillip Hwang

Phillip Hwang“Work at NWCPHP, in conjunction with the Domestic START Program was a huge appeal to me because the focus is on serving and improving the health and well-being of our local community. It has not only made me more aware about where I live, but has deepened my sense of connection and investment to my community as well.”

A native of Seattle, Phillip Hwang is currently a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. He also holds degrees from Brown University and Columbia University.

At NWCPHP, Phillip is a Research Assistant for the Strategic Analysis, Research and Training (START) domestic program. His responsibilities include conducting policy analysis, planning programs, and creating evaluation tools in response to specific, immediate and longer-term requests from domestic public health clients.

Phillip also helps develop the overall scope, management, and approach for projects on emerging and pressing domestic public health issues such as maternal and child health, chronic disease, obesity, and health care reform.


Elizabeth Medeiros

Elizabeth Medeiros“Collaboration is key in any public health effort. I was drawn to the NWCPHP because of the teamwork mentality and passion towards improving connections between academia and the community.”

Elizabeth Medeiros is a Research Assistant for the NWCPHP evaluation team. She is currently working towards a Masters in Public Health degree with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington.

While completing her undergraduate degree in Public Health from San Diego State University, she worked on several cancer research projects, ranging from community-based participatory research, psychosocial cancer survivor needs assessments, and breast cancer risk reduction interventions. Her research interests include: cancer prevention, health disparities, tobacco control, behavior change interventions, and evaluation. Elizabeth is eager to integrate her past experiences with her newly developed evaluation skills gained from the NWCPHP to be utilized for her thesis and future work.


Kelsey Stefanik-Sidener

Kelsey Stefanik-Sidener“Research is the foundation of public health practice. NWCPHP plays such a key role in our region, helping public health organizations make their programs the best they can be. I am excited to be part of this work and work alongside such talented faculty and staff.”

Kelsey Stefanik-Sidener is a Research Assistant for the NWCPHP evaluation team. Her responsibilities include: collecting quantitative and qualitative data, conducting data analysis, and writing reports for various projects. Kelsey is currently a second year Masters of Public Health (MPH) student in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program at the University of Washington.

As part of her graduate studies, Kelsey works with stakeholders in a local school district to improve diabetes management at school. For her practicum project, she researched the demand for community health worker training in King County, and outlined a training curriculum to meet this need.

Prior to pursuing her MPH, Kelsey worked as a federal lobbyist for the American Heart Association in Washington, D.C. There, she managed a portfolio of advocacy issues including fine particulate matter air pollution, sudden cardiac arrest, and congenital heart defects. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American University.

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