Alumni Spotlight: Alissa Harvey

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Name: Alissa Harvey

Hometown and university: Wheat Ridge, Colorado – University of Denver (but I served as a Fulbright grantee as Colorado – At Large during my ETA grant)

ETA placement and year: Surabaya, 2012-13

Current city: Baltimore, Maryland

Life after Fulbright: Before serving as a Fulbright ETA, I spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the village of Khutsubani, Georgia where I worked as an Education Specialist and Public Health project manager. During my time as an ETA in Surabaya, I also volunteered for public health projects with a local non-profit in addition to my teaching and co-teaching responsibilities. After spending over three years abroad living in Indonesia and Georgia, I returned to Colorado to plan my next move. I spent time traveling around the U.S. to catch-up with friends and worked briefly in Texas for a summer before moving to Illinois to work for the University of Illinois and Westat, a statistical survey research corporation. I recruited for Peace Corps at the University of Illinois and also worked as a field interviewer for Westat, where I interviewed hundreds of individuals on their healthcare use and costs.

It was while working internationally that I decided I wanted to return to school for a Master’s degree in Public Health, and I worked for two years in Illinois to save for graduate school to achieve this goal. Ultimately, I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where I am finishing my Master’s of Science degree in Public Health. I study health policy and currently work full-time at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an analyst. At CMS, I work with teams to support the development and testing of innovative healthcare payment and service delivery models to improve healthcare quality in the U.S. My years abroad gave me additional perspectives on people, cultures, and institutions that help me to understand health systems and how to make positive changes that impact people of all backgrounds. Despite the distance and the time that has passed, I continue to speak to my close friends and coworkers in Surabaya!

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