Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Ph.D, MPH, a 2015 Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship recipient, and the outgoing first-ever student board member of AcademyHealth, recently graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health after successfully defending her dissertation on mobile health clinics in the United States. She is currently a contractor with the Bizzell Group, conducting health services and systems research with the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the CDC.  Prior to this position, she was an ORISE Economics Fellow at the Community Guide Office, under the Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy at the CDC, conducting economic evaluations on public health interventions such as engaging community health workers to promote cancer screenings and supportive housing for individuals with health conditions. Additionally, she is the author of a children’s book, and an independent consultant and co-principal of TERSHA LLC, where she has overseen the executive management of the organization and in collaboration with the operations management, provided technical support to clients using analytics, critical research, and evaluation.  Dr. Attipoe-Dorcoo has previously supported contracts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on healthcare quality improvement, measurement, and evaluation.  As a health services and policy researcher with expertise in public and population health, she has worked on other projects ranging from the evaluation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education program funded by Texas, to analyzing claims data on cancer patients.  Dr. Attipoe-Dorcoo was a lead investigator on an international research fellowship at the University of Cape Town, where she studied media coverage of the national human papillomavirus vaccination campaign. Additionally, she co-taught and served as a teaching assistant for graduate capstone courses.  She also spent time in Ghana evaluating a mobile technology program for rural pregnant women.  These work experiences, combined with skillsets in leadership, framework development, surveys, mixed-methods, policy analysis, and evaluation, as well as her sense of adaptability, and interests in patient engagement, health technology, rural and global health, make her a unique systems thinker in research, development, advocacy, and policy.  Dr. Attipoe-Dorcoo is a member of the Paradigm Project learning community, and was recently nominated into the national Advancing Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation Network to join a community of racially and/or ethnically diverse evaluators.

Authored by Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

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