During my career, I have worked on three RWJF projects. I was hired right out of college in 1985 to work on the Infant Health and Development Program(IHDP). I worked as a research assistant for the national program office at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center at UNC-Chapel Hill for a little less than a year. However, that work sparked my interest in low birthweight infants, and I decided to pursue a master of public health in health education, focusing on maternal and child health.
A little over a decade later, I was hired by East Carolina University School of Medicine (1996) to grant-manage the Generalist Physician Initiative in collaboration with RWJF, the North Carolina Office of Rural Health, and Pitt Community Hospital. In this position, I was able to work with physician educators, medical students, residents and other related professionals, all in the interest of training the next generation of caring generalist physicians. While I have many favorite stories, probably my most satisfying is that we had a program called "Grow Your Own" that worked in rural areas identifying students interested in health careers to try and encourage their interest in becoming a physician. One young man, Brian Cabarrus, decided to apply to medical school, and was given the Brody Scholarship to attend ECU School of Medicine in 1997, later becoming an Internist. He is now a practicing cardiologist at ECU/Pitt.
Following my departure from ECU School of Medicine, I was hired in 1999 to work with the RWJF Covering Kids Initiative through Edgecombe Department of Social Services, working with businesses to make them aware of NC Health Choice.
I have always considered myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity throughout my career to work on RWJF projects and look forward to future opportunities!