Dawn Carey, MPH’14

“...couldn’t believe that a largely twenty-something group felt that I would be the best choice to rhapsodize on our collective experience at TDI. "

“Every class I took was filled with doctors, med students, hospital administrators, and – the best ingredient of all – recent undergrads, filled with energy to make a difference.  To drill deep into a policy, problem, or systems approach with this multi-stakeholder group replicates the reality of our work in health care change.  Hard to believe something like this academic context lives anywhere else.”

Dawn Carey started on her journey to her recently acquired MPH when she worked marshalling the Gates Award for Global Health, five years ago.  When she started the MPH program in 2010, she was transitioning to be the Partner Relationship Manager at the newly created Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. It took her four years of part-time coursework to complete her degree earlier this month. Dawn was selected by her classmates as both TDI Class Day Student Speaker and this year’s recipient of the Henry Masters Award. 

“When I got the email saying I had been chosen as Class Day Student Speaker, I was floored.  I was on the eve of my 50th birthday, and couldn’t believe that a largely twenty-something group felt that I would be the best choice to rhapsodize on our collective experience at TDI.  Writing that speech took a lot of reflection on what draws together all parts of our wonderfully hybrid student body.

The Henry Masters award was created with the blessings of TDI’s Executive Council, the faculty and staff, Henry’s classmates, and his family to honor Henry’s spirit and passion for wanting to improve health and health care and make a lasting difference, especially for underserved populations.  Each graduating class selects one of its classmates to receive the award and honors that student as someone who is continuing to carry Henry’s torch.

“In addition, as Karen Tombs, Director of Education, announced my name at Class Day as the recipient of the Henry Masters Award, I started sobbing.  To be viewed by my peers as someone who embodied the spirit of that incredible young man was humbling.  Henry’s work bringing equity globally through health and nutrition stands as a blueprint for anyone who wants to truly create meaningful transformation.”

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