Summer 2015 Reflection

Today is my last official day of summer!  Here, I jot down a few quick notes of reflection. First, I am thankful to have developed a deeper understanding of and appreciation for public policy as a means of improving America's health by working at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. … Continue reading Summer 2015 Reflection

Last BIPP Seminar in D.C.

Yesterday was my final day-long seminar at Teaism in Northwest D.C. as part of the Baker Institute's Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Research Fellowship Program.  Dr. Lewis, the program director, flew up from Houston for a weekend of individual meetings and meals on Friday and Saturday followed by three consecutive meals and rich intellectual discussion on five … Continue reading Last BIPP Seminar in D.C.

10th Annual D.C. Immunization Conference

Yesterday, I attended the 10th Annual D.C. Immunization Conference hosted at Gallaudet University with my mentor, Maggie.  The day consisted of several lectures on various topics related to immunization, including the 1991 Philadelphia Measles Outbreak, field experiences treating African healthcare workers who had been infected with Ebolavirus, the state of pediatric immunization levels in D.C., … Continue reading 10th Annual D.C. Immunization Conference

Precision Medicine Initiative Participant Engagement and Health Equity Workshop

On July 1-2, I visited the NIH's main campus in Bethesda, MD to attend a public workshop related to developing an all-inclusive national research cohort as part of the Obama Administration's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).  One major component of the PMI is the creation of this national research cohort of over one million Americans who … Continue reading Precision Medicine Initiative Participant Engagement and Health Equity Workshop

Congressional Hearing Examining Public Health Legislation

This morning, I attended a U.S. House of Representatives hearing of the Subcommittee on Health within the Committee on Energy and Commerce at the Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is formally titled "Examining Public Health Legislation: H.R. 2820, H.R. 1462, and H.R. 1344."  I had a very positive experience listening to the panel of … Continue reading Congressional Hearing Examining Public Health Legislation

In Review: Every Last Child

Yesterday, my friend Zizi and I watched the documentary Every Last Child at Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market, a cozy arthouse that screens an array of indie cinematic productions.  A little over a mile from Capitol Hill, this theater and Union Market are wonderful for the DC intern and resident alike. The documentary tracks progress of the polio vaccination campaigns … Continue reading In Review: Every Last Child

National Vaccine Advisory Committee, June 9-10 Meeting

A defining experience of my HHS internship thus far, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) meeting on June 9-10 brought together leading national and international experts in vaccine policy to D.C.  NVAC was established in 1987 to assist the Assistant Secretary for Health in making recommendations regarding vaccine development, safety, efficacy, and supply to help … Continue reading National Vaccine Advisory Committee, June 9-10 Meeting

First Impressions

I survived my first day working for the federal government!  Well, the Department of Health and Human Services is technically a federal agency.  Surprisingly, the overall climate was very apolitical.  The environment would probably have been very different had I chosen to intern for a congressman or elsewhere on the Hill... Here are some of my observations and … Continue reading First Impressions