January 18, 2018
Recent MPH in Public Health Practice alumna Louise Valentine ’17 was awarded an ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) research position with the U.S. Army Public Health Command. Valentine will be joining the “Health of the Force” research project team.
ORISE connects talented and diverse students, recent graduates, faculty and educators to programs closely aligned with the interests of a variety of research facilities, including those managed for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and more than a dozen other federal agencies. It administers a broad range of internships, fellowships, and research experiences available primarily to those pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, including undergraduate and graduate students, recent graduates, postdocs, and university faculty members. Programs are offered at DOE national laboratories and other federal agencies with research facilities located across the country as well as some locations outside the United States.
“Health of the Force” is an Army Medical Command Program meant to improve the health of Army communities through transparent reporting of population-level information on health, wellness, and the built environment. The project’s deliverables create a standardized health assessment tool that aligns with those performed nationally. This is an exciting opportunity for Valentine, a military spouse who has relocated 7 times in the past 8 years, who will assist in aspects of program analysis and product design.
“I am honored to get to contribute to the ‘Health of the Forces’ and serve our military community. Not every duty station we have been located at has had employment or learning opportunities, so I really value being offered this research position,” Valentine says.
Valentine, who recently transitioned out of her position at Harford County Health Department / University of MD Upper Chesapeake Health System into her new position with the U.S. Army Public Health Command, is thankful for the opportunity with ORISE and the journey that has led her to it.
“I have learned that as long as I have a variety of professional certifications and degrees to utilize, that I will eventually be able to connect with some sort of position which will allow me to serve others,” adds Valentine. “I feel privileged to have worked in a variety of settings, including as a Sports Massage Therapist for the NFL, in various roles within hospital and clinical settings, and in a portable wellness company I created. The UMass Amherst online MPH program was the perfect complement to my background in healthcare and allowed me to further my education throughout multiple relocations and pregnancies.”