Including our current fellows, 17 early career professionals have passed through the Health for America at MedStar Health fellowship. We're proud not only of their accomplishments during their respective fellowships, but also of the diverse and innovative work they've gone on to do in the fields of health, design, entrepreneurship, and more. Read on for recent milestones and achievements from several of our alumni:
Abena Dakwahene, 2013 HFA fellow, was promoted to Director of Health & Wellness at EmPoWER Somerset. She oversees the organization’s state funded Coordinated School Health grant and is responsible for building community partnerships and collaborative projects within the seven-county Central New Jersey region, utilizing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.
Ellen Kourakos, 2014-15 HFA fellow, recently started a new position as a Product Manager at uBiome, a biotech startup that focuses on sequencing the human microbiome.
Dan Hoff, 2015-16 HFA fellow, is now a Product Manager at LeanTaaS, a lean and predictive analytics startup in Silicon Valley. He currently works on the iQueue for Infusion Centers product, which improves patient access and nursing workloads through optimized appointment scheduling.
Amanda Newman, 2015-16 HFA fellow, is pursuing her master's in social work, with a focus on community organizing, at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City. While doing so, she continues to provide remote support to HFA and broader initiatives at the MedStar Institute for Innovation.
Jake Vildibill, 2015-16 HFA fellow, played an integral role in launching inaugural operations at Docent Health, which focuses on improving end-to-end patient experiences. As Docent's footprint expands, Jake has since moved to the product team to help scale up the patient experience offering.
King John Pascual, 2016-17 HFA fellow, spent the year after his fellowship as a Healthcare Instructional Designer with the MedStar Simulation Training and Education Lab (SiTEL). In the fall, he will join the M.D. Class of 2022 at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences.