What are your career aspirations?
I've been fortunate to gain deep and diverse experience in the US public health-care system during the first part of my career: first, as a clinical operations analyst at Erie Family Health Center here in Chicago and, second, as the program lead of the Accountable Care Collaborative at Colorado's Medicaid agency. Through both, I've seen how well designed and executed delivery models and policies can advance whole person care and wellbeing and how the public health-care system is connected to other public systems.
I want to build upon my experience and lessons learned to continue to help weave and connect the public health-care system to other social services by designing and scaling cross-system delivery innovations. Whether that be as the CEO of a safety net hospital, a state Medicaid director, or the head of a social innovation incubator, I ultimately want to contribute to the creation of a more coherent social fabric for my neighbors and community members with complex health and social needs.
What skills are you looking to develop at Booth and implement into your sector?
My experience has shown me that human-centered innovations abound in many communities, that good policies can be informed by these innovations and, ultimately, support them, and that scaling these innovations and achieving tangible success requires the collective work and buy-in of many different voices. To those ends, I am particularly excited about developing sharper skills in behavioral science, operations management, and leadership. Additionally, I am excited to participate in centers and initiatives like the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation and the UChicago Urban Labs. Together, the combination of new coursework and real-time experience will help me to better identify and scale community-based innovations and solutions for my neighbors and community members with complex health and social needs.