Awards/Accomplishments at Oregon Tech:
Scholarships: Orva Beard Scholarship Award, Tech Athletic Scholarship, Klamath County HS Scholarship, Jim Owens Presidential Scholarship, George Ferrell Memorial Scholarship
Accomplishments: 2-time Cascade Collegiate All-Conference Runner, 8th Place Team NAIA Cross Country Nationals, 2-Time Cascade Conference Runner of the Week
Why did you choose Oregon Tech?
I chose Oregon Tech, originally, to study Biology-Health Sciences and compete on the cross country/track teams. After my first term, I decided to take advice from an incredibly inspirational lady I'd met in the community a year prior: to take Medical Sociology. That lady not only happened to be the professor of the class, but the director of Population Health Management program. After having shared a stimulating conversation long before, and taking her class a year later, I knew that Population Health Management was the degree I must pursue. It is with great luck that I could continue my love running while pursuing a degree that feeds my passion for improving health.
What do you like most about your major?
The best part about Population Health Management is that it embraces the changes that are happening in the industry of healthcare. The Population Health Management curriculum is a reflection of the skills that are needed. We are, quite literally, filling in the gaps of what's needed and the first school in the country to be doing so. I enjoy nothing more than knowing that my classmates are as passionate about the future of healthcare as I am, and that we are all working to achieve something that hasn't been done before, together.
What would be your dream job in your major?
Because the field of population health management is new and developing, I believe that my dream job in the field has not been created yet. Part of our task as population health management students is to learn how to collaborate with health administrators, public health workers and other leaders (be it local, state, or federal) and to research the gaps in the healthcare field. After graduation, our task is to fill the void in the field. My dream job incorporates the skills I have learned in population health management program to accomplish filling this void.
What’s your favorite thing to do off campus?
Off-campus, I enjoy backpacking and hiking most. I am known for taking way too many sunset pictures, especially from the hills behind campus. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, playing viola, going on walks (especially in the snow) and going on trail runs.
What’s your most memorable moment within your school career?
I think the most memorable moment in my school career has been the opportunity to play in a band with some fellow students for the Oregon Tech Music Festival. The opportunity arose when a teammate of mine asked if I'd be willing to play violin with them (I had played for nine years prior to Oregon Tech and had unfortunately reduced my playing upon starting college). The most memorable aspect was not only playing music again, although that was great, but in learning the various reasons these music-fanatics decided to attend Oregon Tech. We all shared passions for science and learning. Once I realized this, I realized that I couldn't imagine being anywhere but Oregon Tech.
What internships did you participate in during your time at Oregon Tech? Did you gain valuable experience from them?
I am currently in an externship class with a handful of other students with the population health program. Our work requires that we work together all the time. In general, school has meant hours of study-time alone and independent research. However, in this externship program we practice the role of what our jobs will be like, and this requires constant collaboration and teamwork. As students, we often hear of the importance of people skills, but this externship puts to practice coordination beyond anything in the classroom. Coordination between the industry and community in healthcare will be as important as ever in the future of healthcare, and the experiences in the externship are already preparing us for the path ahead.
Do you have employment/graduate school plans for after graduation?
I have two more years before I graduate, but I can certainly see myself continuing education towards a Masters in Public Health, Masters in Medical Sociology, or to seek employment as a Population Health Coordinator for a hospital or public health department. I expect to work in the field in the short term, but certainly see myself gravitating back to teaching and/or higher education in the long term future.