Growing up I knew I wanted to be in the health care field and I also knew I did not want to be a clinician. I started my time at OSU in the Business School and then switched to Public Health my junior year. I chose to focus on health care administration – a perfect area for me as I got to use both my business skills and public health skills.
Professor Marie Harvey received national acclaim for her 30-year career of research, teaching, and leadership when the American Public Health Association presented her with the Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement.
“As an AFS exchange student in high school, my year in Panama opened my eyes to the Latin culture, Spanish language, and people that I grew to love.” John made six trips to Nicaragua, Guatemala and throughout Central America and volunteered after Hurricane Mitch in 1999 as a Spanish interpreter.
“My goal is to provide support and mentoring to Latino and African American men and women so they can get the experience and education that will allow them to direct research that will make a difference for their communities and for our country,” says Marie Harvey, second from left, pictured with Teela Davis, Nicolas Rueda, and Graig Gilkeson, recruiters/interviewers for the Project on Partner Dynamics. “It was a blessing to be so clear about what I wanted to do with my life.” — Marie Harvey
Whether within tribal communities or on the academic path toward her PhD, Kelly Gonzales sees the importance of sharing life stories.
For Lisa, it was a true case of “mother knows best” that brought her to OSU to do graduate work in international public health. For Liz, her late-life search for meaningful work drew her to the PhD program in human development and family sciences. Mother and daughter are fulfilling their dreams together, and in June of 2009, they will don their black robes and mortarboards and receive their degrees from the College of Health and Human Sciences.