"Health for America brings an uncommon energy to health and healthcare and I wanted to be part of that. I loved that the opportunity existed to create something tangible." - May Paquete 2015-16 Fellow
May Paquete, is a former research analyst with the National Academy for State Health Policy. While an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, May majored in Behavioral and Community Health. During this time, she and three classmates authored an award winning grant proposal, Sister to Sister: Life Choices, an intervention targeted to reduce obesity rates in African-American women.
In 2012, May was selected from a competitive group of applicants as a Health Leads Summer Fellow at Children’s National Medical Center. In this position, May worked in a clinical setting to connect families to basic resources in their communities. This work helped her understand the real life challenges that families are facing and how those problems affect their health.
"Health is really one of my passions. I want to create something that improves outcomes, in a measurable and trackable way."
May then spent a year working at Kaiser Permanente. She worked side by side with clinicians to develop various health and clinical education materials. While at Kaiser, May had the opportunity to design Medicaid training videos that were used by the entire medical group. In addition to interning at Kaiser, May was also selected for a highly competitive internship at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked on issues from air and radiation to children’s health.
Prior to receiving the Health for America Fellowship, May worked as a Research Analyst at the National Academy for State Health Policy, where she had the opportunity to analyze the potential impacts policy has on populations and industry.