Amber Nieves, MPH

Dartmouth - Geisel School of Medicine MPH Program
Health Policy and Clinical Practice

What inspired you to study public health?

The first experience that inspired me to study public health was working with stroke survivors. Witnessing the complex range of raw emotion and struggle was impactful. One day, I was in an outpatient clinic when a patient struggling with dysarthria said, “I want to become comfortable around people again.” Immediately, I thought: “Who is in their support system? How has this experience impacted their mental health?” Learning about these experiences motivated me to study public health to specifically help those affected by chronic disease.

What has been the single most rewarding experience of your career/studies so far?

The single most rewarding experience of my studies so far was working with my practicum preceptors at Centene Corporation. With their guidance and support, I have connected with and learned from a diverse set of like-minded individuals throughout the company. The knowledge that I have gained has provided the intellectual and practical framework that will inform my career in health equity spaces.

Where did you do your practicum? What was it about?

My practicum was completed at Centene Corporation where I focused on health equity. My Applied Practice Experience was to develop a health equity informed diabetes best practices guide that local health plans can reference when identifying disparities within the communities they serve. My Integrated Learning Experience discussed the development process and implementation of this guide with various stakeholders.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career?

Throughout my career, I hope to lead public health research and develop effective strategies to promote health equity at a population health-level.

Current Position June 2023:

Research Associate at Adelphi Values

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