I was fortunate to be selected as one of two Bradford Fellowship recipients for the 2001-2002 academic year. As Director of Field Operations within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, I had almost ten years experience in managing technical staff and developing training and licensing programs. I entered the Kennedy School hoping to develop my analytical and evaluation skills to prepare for higher-level policy-making roles. I took courses in sector and operations management, financial management, public opinion polling, social marketing, and negotiation and community building. I have recently returned to the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program as Assistant Director, and I am beginning to use my Kennedy skills as I develop an evaluation of our environmental programs.
The greatest benefit of the Kennedy School program for me was the opportunity to learn from experienced classmates from around the world. During the year, I had the opportunity to work with others from Massachusetts state government and the state legislature, people working in public health in developing countries, policy makers in the federal government, and experts in promoting policy messages and agendas through public, non-profit, and political advocacy. I am deeply appreciative of my agency for having supported me during my academic leave and now upon my return. As a working mother with two young children, I was concerned about my ability to participate in the program while fulfilling my responsibilities to my family, but I found that with a supportive family it was definitely manageable. I would encourage all of you to apply for this opportunity, and am happy to speak further with anyone who is interested.
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