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NWCPHP Research Assistants Move On

NWCPHP is fortunate to be able to hire excellent part-time research assistants from the pool of students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the UW School of Public Health. Three of NWCPHP’s research assistants who graduated this June will be leaving NWCPHP to take on new and exciting challenges.
NWCPHP Research Assistants Move On

University of Washington campus. Photo by Hsio-Ying Lo

June 30, 2010

NWCPHP is fortunate to be able to hire excellent part-time research assistants from the pool of students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the UW School of Public Health. Three of NWCPHP’s research assistants who graduated this June will be leaving NWCPHP to take on new and exciting challenges. NWCPHP wishes them the best of luck in these endeavors.

Rebecca Bartlein, MPH
Rebecca graduated from the Department of Global Health and plans to continue working with NWCPHP faculty member, Andy Stergachis, PhD, on his international projects.  While working in this capacity, she will be based at Harborview Medical Center. Rebecca was a research assistant for the NWCPHP for two years.

Emily Purchia, MPH
Emily is interested in behavioral health and the social environment, as well as quality of care and patient empowerment. She also believes in the importance of self-management to disease prevention, disease management, and wellness.

While at NWCPHP, Emily worked as a Co-Project Manager on the Bystander CPR study (PI Hendrika Meischke, PhD). This project studies ways to increase rates of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation among Latino and Chinese LEP (limited English proficient) individuals by improving 911 CPR instructions.

In July, Emily will be moving back to New York City (where she grew up) to work as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a community-based stroke-prevention project at Mount Sinai Medical Center. This project is designed to prevent recurrent strokes among older Latino and African-American adults in East Harlem and the South Bronx through peer-run health education groups.

Heather Burkland, MPH

As a graduate student, Heather Burkland focused on the social and behavioral aspects of public health. Heather also has a deep interest in international public health and hopes to pursue a career in global health, ideally based in Africa.

Heather is one of 14 University of Washington students to be awarded a Bonderman travel fellowship.  With the help of this generous fellowship, she will have the opportunity to travel extensively. Two destinations, among many she plans to travel to, are India and Ulithi, an atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia where her grandfather served in the Coast Guard.

As a Research Assistant at NWCPHP, Heather helped develop an online training module on public health preparedness for mass gatherings, and another on public health law, as well as contributing to NWCPHP's 20th anniversary campaign.

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