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Aurora O. Amoah; MPH

Research Scientist

George Washington University

Washington, DC, 2005

 

Biography

Aurora O. Amoah, MPH is a Research Scientist with the Center for Risk Science and Public Health of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (GWU SPHHS).

 

She is concurrently enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at the Department of Health Systems Management of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (TU SPHTM) and a Masters in Public Policy (MPP), expected May 2010 from the George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (GWU TSPAA).

 

Ms Amoah has been funded by both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop healthy home programs targeted to children in low income families in the District of Columbia. She collaborates with the Children’s Environmental Health Network and the District of Columbia Department of Health on these projects.

 

Previously she served as the project coordinator for the Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) located in the George Washington University (GWU) and affiliated with both the University and the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC). As the project coordinator, she managed all aspects of the project from development to implementation and evaluation. Since 2005, she has been instrumental in planning and coordinating the annual continuing education conference on children’s health and the environment targeted to a 100 health professionals within the Mid-Atlantic Region. Additionally, she planned and coordinated the State of Asthma in the District workshop for stakeholders in the District and partnered with the National Capital Asthma Coalition to develop a comprehensive asthma management manual and training session for District school administrators and nurses. She is an invited member of the DC Asthma Steering Committee and the DC Lead Elimination Taskforce.

 

In her previous roles, Ms Amoah worked with the Adolescent School Health Initiative program (ASHI) at the Louisiana office of Public where she developed an evaluation plan for the Baton Rouge, LA School Based Health Centers and managed the pilot of a pediatric obesity management program in the School Based Health Centers.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

The Fellowship provided an opportunity for comprehensive development at both the personal and professional level. Public health requires working with teams, and leadership skills are essential to the proper functioning of teams. Interaction with my assigned coach and mentor was extremely beneficial in enhancing my leadership skills. The core emphasis was on improving my communication skills, which is essential to a leader in motivating and arriving at a consensus among a team. The coach and mentor recommended strategies and reading material to cope with difficult situations. Coupled with the conflict management courses required by the program and the cross cultural communication course I elected to take, I was rewarded with better outcomes when engaging in difficult conversations or interacting with difficult people. The systems thinking sessions emphasized a systemic way of developing a holistic and workable solution for a problem. Most often, when faced with a problem, we gravitate towards a comfortable quick fix. The systems thinking approach is systematic is helping to indentify the problems and then selecting an appropriate solution with sustainable outcomes. Overall, the introduction to systems thinking and enhancement of my leadership skills improved my personal outlook, subsequently enhancing my productivity within the organizations that I work in.