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Inaugural MetroHealth-Baldwin Wallace Master of Public Health Class celebrates degree completion

Three years ago, MetroHealth and Baldwin Wallace University (BW) launched classes for a new Master of Public Health. Students from that first cohort officially graduate during BW’s commencement Saturday, May 4, where MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, will deliver the address.

MetroHealth and BW hosted a Celebration of Completion on Monday, where the soon-to-be graduates wore their gowns, walked across the stage and received alumni pins marking them as YJ4L (Yellow Jackets for Life.)

“I’m really going to miss this group of 10. We started as strangers and ended up as friends,” says Swagata Banik, PhD, Professor and Chair of BW’s Department of Public Health and Prevention Science. “You are the next leaders in population health.”

Alan K. Nevel, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, told the students that they were trailblazers. "This was something new. We got great outcomes. You have all done a wonderful job and we appreciate you.” He also noted that their enrollment in the program had a direct correlation to MetroHealth’s STAR-IQ Values. “Serving each other and your colleagues, working as a team, being accountable to complete coursework, respecting each other’s backgrounds and experiences, the inclusion of diversity of life experiences, and the quest for excellence on being the best in your coursework.”

Congratulations to the inaugural class of the MetroHealth-BW Master of Public Health:

Lisa A. Anderson, BSN Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Jennifer Davis, BSBA Concentration- Population Health Leadership & Management

Mariana Galay, BS Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Michael Gutridge, PharmD Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Tariq J. Khan, MBBS Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Ivy Kissling, BS, RD Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

Xiomara J. Merced, MBA Concentration-Health Education & Disease Prevention

Nancy Phuong, MBA Concentration-Health Education & Disease Prevention

Marielee Santiago, MSW Concentration-Health Education & Disease Prevention

Julie Sterbank, DO Concentration-Population Health Leadership & Management

“It’s been an absolute pleasure to teach all of you and to learn from all of you,” says Susan Mego, Executive Director, Managed Care, ACO Executive – MetroHealth Care Partners, Population Health Innovation Institute and a Professor in the MPH program. “Your dedication and hard work is what brought you here today. We saw it all throughout the years. We’ve witnessed students who really stepped outside their comfort zones. This program has been supportive of allowing people to try new roles.”

This cohort has shared more than just classwork. Since first meeting on August 12, 2016, they’ve experienced major milestones together: a marriage, a birth, travel abroad, new jobs, health issues, and the loss of loved ones. But they supported each other as they completed projects and grew in their knowledge of public health, which they can now use to support patients and the community.

About the MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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