Why did I decide to write this blog? I love healthcare and to travel the world. My love for travel started when I visited Jamaica in 2009. It wasn't my first international trip, in my younger years I'd traveled to Sweden, Jamaica and Mexico. As an adult, I would visit Jamaica nearly every year and managed to squeeze in 9 countries (Barbados, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, Jamaica, Netherlands, Iceland and Cuba) in the 2-year period when I was studying for an executive Master of Health Administration (MHA) at Columbia University. Because of my passion for studying healthcare, I incorporated formal healthcare studies in Cuba, Estonia and Sweden. During my studies, I spent a great deal of time learning the intracasies of the US healthcare system, why it fails but why it also succeeds.
I believe we can learn so much if we are truly open minded and willing to consider that what others do might be the right thing for us. I'm inspired by Sweden's socialized system and the impressive Karolinska Hospital, Narayana Health system and it's partnership with Ascension Health to build Health City Cayman Islands in the Cayman Islands, and ELAM (Latin American School of Medicine) in Cuba, that has provided free medical education and sent doctors to care for people all over the world. What can we learn from this? There's plenty to learn and to embrace.
When I'm not traveling or studying about healthcare, I like to spend time with friends enjoying dinners, museums and random activities in NYC. I enjoy spending time volunteering with the Mailman alumni network, planning events, mentoring and coaching grad students and new graduates. I serve on the Board of Directors of Heritage Health & Housing in Harlem, a federally qualified health center (FQHC) which provides high-quality health and housing services to New Yorkers.
Education, Learning & Conferences March 2017 - May 2017 EMERITUS Institute of Management and MIT Sloan Executive Education Innovation of Products and Services: MIT’s Approach to Design Thinking offered in collaboration with MIT Sloan Executive Education Winning companies, such as Apple, Virgin, Toyota and others, innovate continuously because of their culture of design thinking – integrating the needs of people, the possibilities of technology and the requirements for business success.
February 11, 2017 United Way of New York City Board Serve NYC Candidate Training Training the board member candidates in nonprofit governance and actively preparing nonprofits to recruit, engage, and utilize new board members are integral components of BoardServeNYC.
November 2016 - May 2017 Coursera.org and PwC Data Analysis and Presentation Skills: the PwC Approach Make Smarter Business Decisions With Data Analysis. Understand data, apply data analytics tools and create effective business intelligence presentations. This specialization will include a project at the end of each of the 4 modules and a capstone project at the end of the specialization.
August 2014 - October 2016 Master of Health Administration (MHA) Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health Concentration: Health Policy & Management
August 2003 - May 2008 Bachelor of Arts (BA) City College of New York Major: Economics
Stockholm, Sweden, near the Vasa Museum, eating rum raisin ice cream, September 2015