In our Alumni Career Spotlight series, you will meet some of our alumni and learn about the important work they are doing to create a healthier nation and world.
Employer: Elevance Health
Current position: Clinical Quality Strategy Intern
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management, 2022
Why did you choose your major/program?
I chose health services management to observe how the intersection of business professionals in healthcare can improve community health and patient health outcomes. I never really heard of health administration and like the majority of my peers you have always seen it but never knew what it was or how impactful it can be without giving hands-on healthcare delivery.
Briefly describe your career path.
My career path is still part of the early stages, but I have served in two very rewarding internships with the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and Elevance Health, formerly known as Anthem at corporate headquarters. I also still serve as a traditional reservist for Grissom Air Reserve Base as a quality engineer going on five years.
Describe what an average day for you might be like.
An average day for me looks like prioritizing what I will need for any upcoming meetings with the clinical quality strategy team and gathering research on market competitors. With this, I also juggle my MHASA presidential role and commitment to NAHSE to ensure that I am still developing professionally and helping my peers by being a leader above all else.
I also frequently have mentor meetings to juggle with varying executive leaders on how to improve or make the most impact on my skillset and identify any opportunities for strengthening.
What advice would you give your college self about pursuing your current career path or industry?
I would tell my college self to continue to invest in and maintain professional relationships. Support peers and continue to help others because the smallest amount of assistance means the world to someone else!
What is a lesson learned at FSPH that you have been able to apply to your career?
The lesson is that communal factors and disparities cause health inequities that impede patient outcomes even if delivered with quality that was effective and affordable.
What is the most significant thing that’s happened to you since graduating?
Continuing to further my education as an MHA student going into my second year from when I started as an accelerated student.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully to gain a fellowship this year in the state and if not then I want to apply for my MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship/management.
What is your favorite IUPUI/FSPH memory?
Being a graduate teaching assistant for Introduction to Public Health for an entire academic year. This helped me be more of a mentor to students, especially those still contemplating on their career path who might want extra guidance.