Student Profiles

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Andrea Aguirre (2018 cohort) is a public health educator in the Department of Defense, currently serving as the Marine Corps headquarters health promotion program manager. In this role, she oversees development, implementation and evaluation of health education policy and programs across the Marine Corps. Andrea is from a military family and is passionate about enhancing the wellness of service members. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University and bachelors degrees from the University of California San Diego.

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Kimberley Freeman (2019 cohort) is the manager of member wellness at CareSource, a non-profit managed health care plan, which is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Prior to CareSource, Kimberley spent more than 15 years in health promotion and disease prevention at Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University and her Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University. Kimberley is a master certified health education specialist and an Ohio certified prevention consultant. Her research interests include the impact of social determinants of health on chronic diseases and cardiovascular health disparities.

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Kathryn Istas (2017 cohort) is a passionate advocate for rural health. For the past nine years, she has worked in health professions education assessment and evaluation. During that time she contributed to research about active learning, change management, coaching, and interprofessional collaboration in medical education. She recently accepted a position as program and evaluation strategist in the Division of Population Health & Science of the American Academy of Family Physicians, where she will continue to pursue solutions to primary care workforce shortages in rural states and promote rural health.

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Gillian Mittelstaedt (2017 cohort) serves as an indoor air representative to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and co-chair of the National Coalition for Safe and Healthy Housing. Her work  in the field of environmental health is focused on the prevention of diseases that are induced or exacerbated by airborne pollutants.  As a policy analyst, researcher, public speaker and advocate, she works across environmental, health care and housing sectors to help craft programs that engage and serve the highest-risk, most adversely impacted cultures and communities. In 2019, she was awarded the Virgil Masayesva Excellence Award, a national award by her tribal peers in recognition of her commitment to air quality and environmental protection in Indian Country.

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Brigette Ulin (2019 cohort) is the applied research and translation branch chief and the director of the Prevention Research Centers Program in the Division of Population Health within CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  During the Obama Administration she served as the director of the National Prevention Strategy where she supported the U.S. Surgeon General with the management of the National Prevention Council, served as the Designated Federal Officer of the Presidentially appointed Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health, and supported the implementation of the nation’s first National Prevention Strategy.