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Experience at CPHSS prepares three team members for roles with CDC

This fall, three CPHSS team members transitioned to new roles with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where they are continuing to advance the work that arose from an initial collaboration between CDC and CPHSS.

Preetha Swamy, former CPHSS practicum student and Brown School MSW graduate, has joined CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow.

Sharada Shantharam, former CPHSS practicum student, student worker, and Brown School MPH graduate, has joined CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), Applied Research and Translation team as an ORISE Fellow.

Dr. Colleen Barbero, former data analyst at CPHSS, has joined CDC’s DHDSP, Applied Research and Translation team as an Associate Service Fellow (Health Scientist).

Among other activities, Colleen, Preetha, and Sharada are working on policy evidence translation using the Quality and Impact of Component (QuIC) Evidence Assessment, an approach developed through a four-year collaboration between CDC DHDSP and CPHSS. They are assessing strength of the evidence for policies to support chronic disease prevention interventions such as workplace health promotion programs and patient-centered medical homes as well as providing training and technical assistance to other divisions at CDC completing QuIC assessments.

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