Sandra Hwang, a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Health Policy candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a recipient of the Health for America Fellowship. As one of four Fellows, Sandra was chosen from a national pool of applicants that included alumni of Brown, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Cornell, MIT, and dozens of other universities across the country.
From fall 2013 until the beginning of the Fellowship, Sandra worked as Special Assistant to CEO Sean Tunis at the Center for Medical Technology Policy in Baltimore. There, she was involved in projects spanning comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes research, and health technology assessment.
In 2012, Sandra interned in Vaccines Access at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in New York, where she investigated the impact of global vaccine supply constraints on developing countries. She evaluated the programmatic suitability and efficacy of pentavalent and rotavirus vaccines and identified weaknesses in 2012 internal vaccine supply and procurement. Previously, she interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked for the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research.
Sandra is active in public health research, and her papers on reproductive healthcare, cancer, obesity, and other topics have been published in journals such as Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Women's Health Issues, and more. In 2013, Sandra interned at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, where she assessed potential impact of Affordable Care Act state Medicaid expansion decisions on cancer mortality.
While an undergraduate at Cornell University, Sandra led a team of five student designers in the redesign of an emergency department for a hospital client. She delivered a proposal providing evidence-based solutions to barriers in workflow, productivity, functionality of space, and physical and auditory barriers for clinical staff and patients. Sandra holds the honor of being the youngest person to receive The Center for Health Design’s Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) to date.
As a Health for America Fellow, Sandra has the opportunity to conceptualize and actualize health technology solutions. The three Fellows working as Sandra’s teammates are millennials Megan Caldwell, Nick Azpiroz, and Ellen Kourakos. The four Fellows were selected for their leadership in design, technology, entrepreneurship, and community service, and will work together over the course of one year to create and implement a health solution.