Health & Aging Policy Fellows

As a proud alum of the program, I encourage any professionals in the field of aging to consider applying. I worked on the hill in a senator’s office and with the Office of Policy Integration at AARP. Not to mention, I was able to go to Ottawa, Canada and meet with health and aging professionals there. Here is the application link: https://www.healthandagingpolicy.org/how-to-apply/

Have a question about my experience? Feel free to ask!

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Linking Affordable Housing and Academia

One of my most recent accomplishments that I most proud of is connecting two universities to two affordable housing communities in Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA. Both entities benefit from the engagement. I highlighted the benefits of this unique partnership style during a poster session at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in November of this year. Working on getting this published!

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Starting a Presentation

Read this article recently and it made me start thinking about how I begin presentations. I enjoy watching TED talks and I have noticed that many of them start with stories. I like the following recommendations from the article: “I will never forget the first time that…” and “Something you’d never guess about me is…”

One thing that I have learned recently is that your stories help you become memorable in professional settings. Not just any story of course, but one that can help you frame a solid point. So, starting a presentation as if you are preparing to tell a related story would make yours even more memorable.

Share you story!

Preparing for 2018

I regrammed this post from @alex_elle earlier today. It really got me thinking about this year overall, and the tone I want to intentionally set for 2018.

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Earlier this month I unfriended and even blocked a few people from being able to access me. Not something that I do often but realized I needed to do it. They probably won’t even notice and that’s ok. I needed to disconnect to continue moving forward. 

Over the past few months I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with the most amazing people that have poured positivity and love in to me. As we prepare for 2018 have you thought about what/who you need and what/who should go? 

2017 had two different parts for me. The first two-thirds of the year focused on reflection, appreciation, and adventure. The latter part of this year has focused on renewal, discovery, and revival. Lots of r’s.

I know we all say we are looking forward to a new year, but I always like to think about what goals I want to accomplish. No, not resolutions. Goals. And what new passport stamps I hope to get 🙂