UNT Health Science Center Faces of Public Health

Sophia Anyatonwu

2015 MPH Epidemiology

Sophia Anyatonwu, MPH, CPH
Epidemiologist, Hays County Health Department, Austin, TX 
Respond to public health threats in order to protect the health of Hays County residents. Responsible for HCID/communicable disease outbreak deliverables. Support the Public Health Emergency Response Manager, Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator, Epidemiologist, and TB/Communicable Disease Nurse, as needed. Conduct surveillance of disease trends and notifies response staff; shares public health messages with Health Department Manager and other relevant parties. Develop training and educational programs focused on foodborne illness, waterborne illness, mosquito control, zoonosis control, and outbreak control.
Andrea Bennett 2015

2015 MHA

Andrea Bennett, MHA, CHES
Acting Systems Redesign Coordinator, Portland VA Medical Center
As an Acting Systems Redesign Coordinator I help facilitate integrated healthcare teams through the Lean A3 process improvement framework in order to develop, coordinate and implement newly redesigned processes that are created by front line employees. I work closely with the executive leadership team, as well as other high-level management personnel to analyze management techniques, processes, and styles for improving organizational effectiveness. I assist with analyzing the facility, strategic business units, division and service multi-functional programs, functions, and outcomes to determine whether the management systems in current use efficiently accomplishes objectives sought. With the help of the improvement teams I monitor the collection and analysis of organizational outcome data related to the delivery of patient care to determine if the implemented process improvements are producing the desired outcomes. I facilitate Rapid Process Improvement Events (RPIE) utilizing the Lean A3 process improvement framework and coach RPIE teams during weekly completion plan calls in order to execute long term improvement plans, including piloting standard work and re-assessing key metrics. I provide training on Lean A3 thinking and coach participants on how to facilitate projects and Rapid Process Improvement Events. Additionally, I have provided coaching to service areas on how to utilize Huddle Boards for continuous improvements within their work areas. I am also responsible for the event coordination of our monthly Journey of Excellence Lean Celebrations, which highlight the RPIE teams and the work that is accomplished.
Briar Deen

2015 MPH
Community Health

Briar Deen, MPH, CPH
Outcomes Data Analyst, Baylor Scott & White Health-Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Lead teams as Project Manager for reporting hospital metrics and state initiatives. Provide descriptive statistics on hospital performances. Contribute to system-wide analytic needs and regulations utilizing the National Healthcare Safety Network database. Collaborate with Neuroscience Clinical Services to support analytic needs.
Steven Pulvino

2015 MPH Epidemiology

Steven Pulvino, MPH, CPH
Epidemiologist II, Texas Department of State Health Services, Arlington, TX
Investigate cases of reportable illnesses, and look for trends and common exposures.  Utilize a variety of surveillance systems and conduct person-to-person interviews.  Apply Geographic Information System (GIS) to examine the spatial distribution of illnesses in our region.  Use epidemiologic methods in disaster settings, such as participating in rapid needs assessments and conducting surveillance.  Work with the community in a variety of ways to educate them on various illnesses/injuries and public health.

Ugochi Iwu

2015 MHA

Ugochi Iwu, MHA
Health Sourcing Specialist, Clinical Magnet-UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Talent acquisition for healthcare professionals ranging from entry-level to mid-level clinical and non-clinical positions. Utilize Total Relationship Management solutions, referrals, direct mail, and conventions. Provide recommendations as the the hiring, firing, advancement, and promotion of other employees, review resumes, interview/screen candidates. Navigate senior level decisions and discussions internally and with client partners. Assist with interviewing internal and external talent. Provide support with employee performance reviews.

Jamese Johnson

2015 MPH Community Health

Jamese Johnson, MPH, CPH
Research Coordinator, Cancer Support Community, Philadelphia, PA
As a research coordinator, I am responsible for providing project support for the development, management, and execution of research initiatives at the Cancer Support Community’s (CSC) Research & Training Institute. Some of my specific duties include: Establishing and maintaining contact with diverse research stakeholders, leading recruitment for the Cancer Experience Registry program by promoting the Registry at various conferences and events, working in collaboration with CSC’s communications department to ensure ongoing enrollment and consistency in messaging, acting as a liaison between the education department and the research & training institute to ensure that our education materials are reflective of patient needs, coordinating all activities associated with independent sites using the Cancer Experience Registry for clinical trials, and serving as a liaison between  the Cancer Support Community and community partners.

Samantha Gonzalez

2015 MPH Community Health

Samantha Gonzalez, MPH, CPH
Care Manager and Patient Health Educator, Salud Family Health Centers, Estes Park, CO
As a care manager, I am responsible for identifying and outreaching high-risk patients through Colorado’s Accountable Care Collaborative database (SDAC). Characteristics of high-risk patients include duo-eligible Medicaid and Medicare placement, high re-hospitalization rates, high emergency department utilization, and lower health literacy. Patient-centered plans created with clients to address significant barriers to health and establish SMART goals to increase self-efficacy. Maintain interdisciplinary communication between medical provider, behavioral health specialist, dental provider, enrollment specialist, and other clinic staff to address patients’ physical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs. As a patient health educator, my responsibilities include developing and implementing interventions for a variety of patient needs including tobacco cessation, diabetes management, weight management, and nutritional guidance. Through the use of motivational interviewing and patient-lead consultations, my patients are able to focus on small changes that will eventually lead to a better quality of life.

Jessica Austin

2015 MPH Community Health

Jessica Austin, MPH, CPH
Research Analyst, Baylor Scott & White, Dallas, TX
Support with quality improvement/research projects across the system. Develop surveys to assist health care professionals. Assemble reports based on analytics from surveys. Utilize SAS software for analytical reporting. Support system wide reports for senior leaders within the company.


Tanjina Shabu

2014 MPH Biostatistics

Tanjina Shabu, MPH, CPH
Public Health Analyst, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Prepare quality assurance data reports of HIV intervention programs for multiple jurisdictions. Utilize SAS to ensure accurate reporting of different variables for data tables with logistic flow. Conduct data management and data quality conference calls with jurisdictions through collaboration.

Shannon Simmons

2014 MPH Community Health

Shannon Simmons, MPH, CPH
Infection Preventionist, Parkland Hospital, Fort Worth, TX
Responsible for regulatory compliance issues as applied to the surveillance, prevention, and control of infections on an institution wide basis. Researches and analyzes regulations as they are issued to ensure compliance. Prepares and develops presentations designed to communicate infection control concerns, standards, and activities. Stays abreast of the latest developments, advancements, and trends in infection control by attending seminars and workshops, reading professional journals, and actively participating in professional organizations.

Darius Taylor

2014 MPH Epidemiology

Darius Taylor, MPH, CPH
Health Services and Outcomes Research Analyst, Walgreens, Chicago, IL
Assist in the development of research projects that demonstrate the value of Walgreens pharmacy retail and digital health in respect to health outcomes. Major skills specific to this position include data mining and management of pharmacy claims using SAS/SQL, calculating metrics specific to medication adherence, literature reviews, data consultation, statistical data analysis, data visualization and any other analytic duties required for the successful completion of research projects and deliverables.
Raquel Rios

2012 MPH 

Environmental & Occupational

Health Sciences

Raquel Rios, MPH, RS, CPH
Inspector for State of Texas, Texas Department of State Health Services, Dallas, TX
As a Sanitarian, I perform highly technical inspections of over 40 types of food manufacturers, including acidified food processors, bottled water, dietary supplements, bottling plants (wine, beer, soft drinks), bakeries, repackers, warehouses, salvage firms, and many other types of manufacturers for which the Department of State Health Services is responsible for compliance with the Texas Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Good Manufacturing Practices Regulations. Responding to complaints and disasters involving food and drug products and collecting necessary samples is also an essential function of this position.
Ryan Dugan

2013 MHA

Human Resource Business Partner, Baylor Scott & White, Dallas, TX
Human Resources Business Partner providing strategic HR business support to leadership and employees at 1,080 bed Level I Trauma, Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC). BUMC has received Magnet designation three times and has been nationally ranked by US News and World Report for 21 consecutive years.
sangeeta shenoy

2013 MPH Health Management & Policy

Sangeeta Shenoy, MBBS, MPH, CPH
Clinical Research Administrative Coordinator, Department of Cell Biology-UNT Health Science CenterAs the Clinical Research
Administrative Coordinator for the Health Disparities & Novel Biomarkers for HIV-1 Disease
project; I review and maintain study protocol,
IRB and study documentation; recruit and schedule patients for pre-screening
and study visits; consent the subjects and review medical history; conduct
sociodemographic and neurocognitive assessment and blood collection for protein
analysis; conduct data analysis on the biomarker levels and correlate it with
the viral loads, CD4 counts and cognitive impairment. I also assist with other
departmental projects such as Brain Bank
protocol review and IRB documentation.
shilpa chhadwa 2

2013 MHA

Shilpa Chhadwa, MD, MHA
Project Manager, ACO, Genesis Accountable Physician NetworkAssist in research, gap analysis, and primary contact with CMS in developing the new company. Serve as the point of contact in strategically planning, developing, implementing and oversight of all aspects of the ACO organizational development and operational plan. Develop the overall ACO project structure, set timelines, implement and manage the project. Train staff, whenever necessary about the project and its requirements. Ensure that all application deadlines for ACO approval are met. Set process and workflows for the project. Participate in negotiations with health plans and IT vendors for the implementation of the ACO and work with external entities/partners of the ACO in the implementation process. Support the Communications and Public Relations manager, Membership Recruitment, Quality, Finance and IT department in the development and operations of the ACO activities. Ensure that all data and Protected Health Information (PHI) is maintained, transmitted, and stored in a confidential and secure manner in compliance with applicable state and federal regulations and Genesis policies and procedures.
mallory johnson

2012 MHA

Mallory Johnson, MHA
Manager Region 10 Health Partnership, JPS Health NetworkImplement, and manage a Regional Health Partnership and develop the Anchor Role within Region 10 including: Coordinating and working with JPS Waiver team; Contracting and collaborating with regional partners; serving as a liaison with Texas Medicaid and CMS for 1115 Waiver matters. Direct the completion of annual and periodic filings with HHSC and CMS as required. Conduct surveillance of both in-state and national 1115 Waiver developments and provide continued feedback and assessment of impact to organizational and regional stakeholders. Provide oversight to managing audits, engaging subject matter experts, and managing follow-up with external agencies. Develop and coordinate educational training programs for internal and external stakeholders including an annual Symposium to promote the Region 10 accomplishments.
unnati patel

2013 MPH Health Management & Policy

Unnati Patel, MPH, CPH
Research Contract Administrator, Department of Grant and Contract Management-UNT Health Science CenterMonitor workflow turnaround time and time sensitive contracts, subcontracts, and  other agreements. Review, draft, and process Clinical Trial Protocol Agreements, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), and Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs). Work with external entities and university administration to execute agreements in accordance with department standards, state, federal and university policies and requirements. Work with Pre- and Post-award teams to contribute to a process improvement to grave process. Assist with compliance requirements for contract and subcontract monitoring. Develop and update reporting functions for contracts, including performance measures. ePro-Approver to handle the purchasing process to approve or deny a requisition in the eProcurement system. Approve purchasing decisions for the institution and department. Ensure and review compliance with ePro Policy and agreements attached to requisitions. Manage data, budgets, and contracts and milestones on the Enterprise Information System (EIS). Coordinate with principle investigators and other research teams to process research contracts and agreements.
christopher klekar jpg

2012 MPH Biostatistics

Christopher Klekar, MPH, MBA, CPHStatistical Programmer/Biostatistician, Baylor Health Care Systems

Collaborate with investigators to provide statistical consultation, including data mining, data analysis and interpretation of results, in support of comparative effectiveness research in the Institute of Health Care Research and Improvement. Assist client data organization, including data manipulation, analysis, modeling and reporting using SAS tools. Provide data management support, including data entry, data cleaning and data validation for ongoing clinical trials. Produce comprehensive summary reports for research studies and interim IRB and DSMB report for clinical trials.

kingsley ebare 1

2013 MPH Biostatistics

Kingsley Ebare, MBBS, MPH, CPHAssociate Biostatistician, H2O Clinical-Maryland

H2O Clinical is a Data Management, SAS Programming and Biostatistics company providing outsourcing services to the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biopharmaceutical industries. I assist in randomization for clinical trials, develop statistical analysis plans and table shells for drug trials application of statistical methods and analysis using SAS software and review clinical trail protocols and reports.

2013 MPH Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Stacey Vitale, MPH, CPHEnvironmental Health and Safety Process Analyst, Bell Helicopter-Hurst, TX

My position at Bell Helicopter has many “hats”. As the EHS Training Coordinator, I facilitate, and organize, the EHS new hire orientation programs as well as manage the web-based training and job-specific EHS training courses to all employees globally. As the ISNetworld (Contractor Safety Management Tool) Program Manager, I standardized the implementation process to be used for all of Textron business units along with managing our current control processes for contractors. In addition to these “hats” I am the AS9100 Program Manager, in which I develop and update policies and procedures for EHS related topics. The Analyst portion of my job requires me to calculate and report safety performance metrics of facilities and functional groups to Textron and upper management. Additional Analyst duties require me to report any metrics to OSHA or Department of Labor and Statistics.

Neneh-Wurie SPH

2012 MPH Community Health

Neneh N. Wurie, MPH, CPH
Medical Case Manager, Project Access Tarrant County-Catholic Charities of Fort WorthIn partnership with Tarrant County Medical Society, Project Access provides medical services to qualified patients in need.  As a medical case manager, I am an advocate for patients in the community with service providers and agencies.  My main responsibilities are monitoring and evaluating patient progress and adjusting service plans and/or delivery as necessary.   I also assist with the follow-up of pending cases by reviewing and connecting patients with specialists.
Bradford SPH

2012 PhD & 2009 MPH- Biostatistics

Bradford Jackson, PhD, MPH
Post Doctoral Scholar
University of Alabama Birmingham Division of Preventative Medicine
As a post-doctoral scholar in the School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I will be assisting on all data management functions including entry, verification, internal edit and logic checks for the COPD project. Assist in the analysis of the collected COPD project data, as well as secondary data analysis of other data sets. Additionally, I will collaborate with scientist on and off the UAB campus.
Doan SPH

2011 MHA

Quynh Doan, MHA
Administrative Fellow, Trinity Health- Redwood City Medical CenterThis postgraduate fellowship program provides individuals committed to careers in healthcare administration with unmatched opportunity to develop leadership and management skills through a broad variety of administrative rotations. Gain experience in key departments within the organization through various projects in areas such as hospital and ambulatory care operations, strategic planning and business development, finance, and human resources. Participate and interact in key executive and board meetings and shadow senior leaders to understand day-to-day challenges and decision-making processes.


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