2015 Leadership Awards

Leadership Development in MPH Internships:
The First Annual "Leading From Where You Are” Award

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The Center for Health Leadership was excited to announce the first annual “Leading From Where You Are” awards at the Preceptor and Student Intern Recognition event on September 24, 2015! These awards were created specifically to recognize student efforts to impact change and serve as a leader in their summer internships, in order to further the goals and/or effectiveness of their organization, project, or community.

StaceyYamamotoAward2015 Awardee Stacey Yamamoto and Preceptor Juan Ibarra

Definition of "Leading From Where You Are"
The Center for Health Leadership (CHL) defines a leader as someone who motivates, empowers, and inspires a group of people to work toward and achieve a common goal or vision. The CHL has further used a theme of “leading from where you are” to allow students to engage with leadership throughout their career, independent of their positional authority, to affect change, and to contribute to the goals of an organization, project, or community (Lachance & Oxendine, AJPH 2015). Read more about our framework and leadership competencies here, and learn just what we mean by "leading from where you are."

BrianRodriguezAwardAwardee Brian Rodriguez and Preceptor Matt Nevins

Congratulations to our amazing awardees! 

Health and Social Behavior

Nathan Kamps-Hughes
National Youth Center for Law
Nathan researched Mental Health Services Act funding and how it is spent on children, while comparing Medi-Cal/ MHSA funding overlaps. He also worked with foster youth, stakeholders, and legislators on psychology medication bill package efforts.

Shiffen Getabecha
UC Berkeley Labor Occupational Health Program
As a health educator intern, Shiffen assisted with two outreach and education projects: 1) finalizing and implementing a youth peer leader program that prepares peer leaders to educate other high school students in youth employment programs about workplace health and safety; and 2) research and development of a program to support and educate temporary workers to ensure safe and just working conditions for temporary workers.

Health Policy and Management

Karen Reyes
City of Oakland
Karen familiarized herself with the SCAN Foundation Linkages Lab Academy program development materials, gathered readmission data for hospitals in Oakland and Northern Alameda County, and researched/developed a training curriculum based on both the legal requirements of the ADA and related laws, as well as disability etiquette best practices.

Lina Borgo
Kaiser Permanente
Lina provided project management and consulting support on Heath Innovation department initiatives and contributed to a designated project to keep KP business objectives in one or more of the three Health Innovation department focus areas. She also partnered with Health Innovation team members to advance collective project efforts by utilizing Health Innovation design thinking and project implementation framework.

Public Health Nutrition

Amanda Jones
National Rural ACO Consortium
National Rural ACO is in a phase of rapid growth, where Amanda assisted in developing training, logistics support and coordination of the Care Coordination Coaches function for NRACO. She helped develop, source and test our training process and content. She also worked within and across functional teams to align best practices with our rural Hospital network and our ACO Management Team.

Katie Johnson
UC Merced
Katie participated in changing environmental and systems policies in Merced County through the Partnerships to
Improve Community Health (PICH) project. She was responsible for tracking the media impressions
associated with PICH and assisting with the creation of a media toolkit for community partners, and
writing/editing community partners’ success stories.

Maternal and Child Health

Stacey Yamamoto
SF Dept of Public Health - Behavioral Science
Stacey worked with the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) program’s contract, mission, strategies, evaluation plan, objectives and participant activities. She also became familiar with developing evaluation plans, evaluation tools, and data collection methods. Stacey wrote a summary/evaluation report, which includes background objectives, evaluation methods, summary of findings, and recommendations of CQI program activities for the MHSA programs.

Sarah Raby
March of Dimes, California Chapter
Sarah led the revision of interconception care guidelines for the 6-week postportion medical visit, along with a volunteer workgroup of clinicians and other health professionals and her preceptor. She developed and finalized a report summarizing best practices and outcomes from the March of Dimes’ grant-funded projects that focused on preconception/interconception health and health care.

Epidemiology / Bio Statistics

Jaclyn Gurrero
Metabiota Inc.
Jaclyn evaluated and interpreted outbreak data to develop appropriate statistical methods of data analysis. She ensured the accuracy and reproducibility of data sets and analyses by following relevant work practices and procedures as well as processing data from multiple data streams and customers. She worked closely with a lead statistician to develop and execute statistical analysis plans. She created customer-facing reports of statistical analysis work and presented to internal and external stakeholders.

Carrie Fahey
Raimi + Associates
Carrie worked on a variety of projects related to Health in All policies, including health elements of general plans, developing educational materials, and collecting and presenting community health data. She also spent time working on Health Impact Assessments, Community Plans, and bringing a health lens to Sustainability Plans and Climate Action Plans. She mapped, analyzed and described trends in housing code violations and correlated condition in Salinas, California that pertain to health and created a fact sheet describing findings.

Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

Jonathon Liu
Forum of Collaborative HIV Research
Jonathan consulted with expert Forum staff and utilized Forum learning materials and outside resources to expand the knowledge base. He attended seminars, webinars, and sat in on policy calls. The intern Forum blog was updated by Jonathan with current news and personal reflections. He created and managed a spreadsheet summarizing Non-human primate HIV Cure studies for the Animal Models Working Group. He also reported on HIV and HCV events and led a discussion in bi-weekly journal club meetings.

Environmental Health Sciences

Brian Rodriguez
Center for Environmental Health
Brian developed risk characterization around neurotoxic fracking chemicals. He also worked on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform. He contributed to a webinar on community and pyschosocial effects of energy development and production. He attended the OEHHA BPA Hearing related to listing BPA as a reproductive toxicant under Proposition 65 in California. He reviewed policies at the national level, and conducted a gap analysis determining what work needed to be done to help CFE continue achieving its goals on a national level. 


Selection Criteria
Nominations were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Affects change to contribute to the goals of an organization, project, or community
  • Works beyond assigned responsibilities
  • Pushes self outside comfort zone
  • Demonstrates independence from positional authority
  • Demonstrates how this speaks to a shared goal or vision with others in the organization, project team, or community

Questions? Please email: sph_chl [at] berkeley.edu