Points of Pride
Matt has been the Informatics Project Manager for the Chicago Department of Public Health since December 2013. As project manager he oversees the application of computer science and technology to improve public health operations, and provides leadership in the development of internal and external informatics capacity. Before joining CDPH he worked at the Illinois Department of Public Health for eight years in several capacities, including public health emergency preparedness, Section Chief for Communicable Disease Control, and Division Chief of Long Term Care Quality Assurance.
Matt graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2001 and a Master’s degree in public health from UIS in 2003. He is currently working on his dissertation for a doctor of public health leadership degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is concentrating on public health informatics.
Monique Kimani: December 2014 MPH-EH Graduate
Monique is now a biologist at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in Dahlgren, VA. She is part of the Toxicology & Biochemistry Section, housed under the Z21 Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Concepts & Experimentation Branch. As a section they focus primarily on biological minimum exposure guideline development, CBR medical countermeasure support, biological agent ingestion studies, and computational biology.
She tells us that her current tasking involves research and development of countermeasures against weaponized biological agents and most recently verification and validation of a modeling and simulation system that will serve as an action planning and mitigation tool against the effects of CBR weapons and toxic industrial chemicals/materials releases.
Marissa Alexander-Scott Ferguson Fellow, CDC
Marissa was named as a Ferguson Fellowship recipient. This is a program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She worked with various fellows on projects that will combine public health prevention, treatment, and epidemiological studies focused on under-served communities
Cassandra Bernardi Spring 2012 Graduate
Cassandra Bernardi has recently been hired as a Program Coordinator for Healthy Child Care America at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She says it is a federal grant funded position that works with other human service agencies to improve health and well being in out-of-home child care settings. Cassandra’s previous experience as a program coordinator in addition to her MPH degree have made her a good fit for the position.