Leading Self, a Vision for Personal Growth and Public Health Leadership in Practice

This post is a direct copy of a paper published for Dr. Vaughn Upshaw’s Principles of Public Health Leadership (PUBH 791) at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. I am endlessly grateful for the opportunity to grow as a leader through UNC’s Public Health Leadership program. As I take stock in how far I’ve come in my career, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the attributes that I believe got me this far. My passion and commitment to cause are the first characteristics that come to mind. Many still compliment me on these attributes today.  I am almost […]

On Departing AOPA

Written for socials on August 3, 2022 Today is my last day at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA). For the past six years, this organization has given me the opportunity to live my dream job, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such amazing teammates and to have shared in moments that upon reflection will forever bring a smile to my face. I am thankful to all of AOPA’s members for the opportunity to serve them in this role; it has been such an honor. I am indebted […]

NYU Law/Wagner Entrance Essays

The MS Health Law and Strategy program is designed for mid- or senior-career professionals to develop strategy and drive innovation in health. Describe how the MSHLS will contribute to your career objectives. How do you expect this joint degree program to benefit you on a personal and professional level? (500 works max) As the Director of Health Policy and Strategic Alliances and the in-house lobbyist at the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), I currently oversee both the advocacy and research portfolios for the organization. I helped design the department I now run under the guiding principle that our policy […]

Important vs Urgent

This past week, I had the opportunity to represent AOPA at the Council of Medical Specialty Societies Annual Specialty Forum where the theme was Advancing Care through Technology: Role of Telehealth, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. You might be thinking, “What does this have to do with O&P?”  Everything. Unfortunately, recent trends in the O&P profession have made it hard to be forward-thinking. As AOPA’s incoming President, Jeff Lutz has said, “We’ve been forced to focus on the urgent instead of the important.” We’ve been forced to remain in a constant state of reaction in order to defend the profession. Resources have been […]

Healing

Warning: Possible TMI moment. I feel comfortable sharing here. While it’s still a “public” space on the Internet, it is highly unlikely that you’ve reached this blog without looking for it. I don’t like posting too much personal info in social media spaces; it feels ego-driven and disingenuous every time I start to draft a post implying that the details of my experiences warrant the immediate awareness of others. Social media also makes things feel less real to me. That feeling is personal and I don’t knock anyone else who feels differently; it’s just my personal preference. This space is different […]