I utilize my Dartmouth Institute training to run health economic assessments of my company's medicines, study patient-reported outcomes, and, during these trying times, to help our patients and trial sites navigate the impact of COVID-19."
BRAD (WILLIAM) SCHENKEL MS'01
Brad Schenkel’s MS'01 career as a health economist is centered around improving patients’ access to life-saving or live-improving treatments. He is currently leading a real-world, non-interventional study evaluating the effectiveness, safety, and health economic outcomes associated with multiple myeloma cancer therapies across North America and Europe.
Some of the biggest challenges that COVID-19 has posed on their study, including both for their patients as well as our trials sites, include, 1) problems that patients have in traveling to the site to receive their treatment, 2) managing interactions between the site investigators and their patients, and 3) interruptions in the supply chain for getting their medicines to all of the trial sites across North America and Europe. Schenkel’s team has worked diligently to ensure their trial sites have the necessary processes in place to safely enroll new patients while temporarily delaying the opening of new sites as needed. They are also supplying personal protective equipment to anybody who is involved in the study, including both patients and site personnel.
My work is embedded in population health, social determinants of health, vulnerable populations, and community health and response. The most impactful training I received for this role came from The Dartmouth Institute."
REGINA-ANNE (REGIE) COOPER MPH'12
Regie Cooper MPH’12 returned to work at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center on March 11, 2020 as a population health project manager after 5 years working for the New England Quality Innovation Network. On her second day on the job, she was assigned to help manage Vermont and New Hampshire’s COVID-19 response in the Upper Valley community through Upper Valley Strong.
Upper Valley Strong (UVS) is a team of non-profit agencies, churches, schools, towns, and local branches of state government. UVS currently has 84 participants across 43 organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooper is helping to coordinate the coalition’s response in areas of food, housing, maintaining elderly health, transportation, and volunteers. UVS has other groups focused on needs for childcare, family supports, finance, and communications. “There are so many hard-working, wonderful people responding to this event, including Dartmouth Institute students,” Cooper says. “Thank you to our alumni and students for your help!”
My MPH education truly equipped me for my role as a physician leader and as an advocate for the community I serve."
ANUBHAV (ANU) KAUL MD, MPH'13
As the chief medical officer at Mattapan Community Health Center, just outside of Boston, MA, Anubhav (Anu) Kaul, MD, MPH'13 has seen his local communities hit the hardest with the highest rates of COVID-19 infections in Boston. The health center has transformed itself to rise to this challenge by creating a robust and technologically savvy triage center, with coordinated patient screening and drive-thru testing, and active surveillance of suspected and confirmed patients with COVID-19 infection. The center has also adopted telehealth and maximized the opportunity to continue providing highly-accessible care to their patients and be a resource to their community during this very trying time. “I am confident that we will successfully take care of our patients – and each other – during this unprecedented journey,” Kaul says.
TACKLING THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19
During this unprecedented crisis, Dartmouth Institute students and alumni are impassioned more than ever to improve the health of their communities.