Miryam Gerdine, MPH
My research interests are in strengthening the public health, health informatics and behavioral health workforce and how we can use technology (Electronic Health Records, mobile health; telehealth among others) to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. This September, I accepted the position of Social Science Research Analyst, in the Behavioral and Public Health Branch of the Division of Nursing and Public Health within the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This September also marks my 18 year working as an analyst at HHS.
From 2010-2013, I served as the HRSA Government Task Lead working with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) on a congressionally mandated report on "Understanding the Impact of Health Information Technology in Underserved Communities and those with Health Disparities.” This past Spring, I was invited to present a scientific poster of the case study findings at the Latina Researchers Network Conference in New York City.
I’m also interested in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). During my academic training, I’ve studied the principles and completed literature reviews on how Latinos have and have not been engaged in CBPR. I have also completed trainings with the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) which is a nonprofit organization that promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions
I’m originally from Callao, Peru. Each day, I thank my family’s courage, love and support, especially my parents Abel and Dora who emigrated from Peru in 1978 to the United States of America and in March celebrated 45 years of marriage. This May, I celebrated five years of marriage to my supportive husband, Clint. I have been blessed with many mentors; too many to list…and I try to contribute to the mentoring circle by mentoring new professionals into the field. Since 2010, I have been an active member of the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) and this past Spring, the Bethesda Chapter of AWIS awarded me with the Mentoring Award.
My academic training includes a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH) and Certificate in Health Disparities and Health Inequalities. In the Fall of 2009, I was asked to serve as an Advisor to the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions. While a student at Hopkins, I was in the first Hispanic Health: Indicators and Measures class and since then has served as a guest lecturer for the class. I have also been a Teaching Assistant for the Hopkins Health Informatics Certificate Program. Prior to moving to the Washington DC Metro area in 1996, I was a Masters in Social Work candidate at Boston University School of Social Work. My field practicum included working with Latinas and African American women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. In 1993, I graduated from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU). While at PSU, I was the recipient of the PSU Hispanic for Academic Progress Scholarship and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In the Fall of 2003, I was accepted into the Hopkins University Graduate Division of Business and Management Leadership Development Program for minority managers and in April 2006, I was selected as a National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN) Fellow sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. I am currently an active, due paying Research Scientist Member of the NHSN. And, I’m very proud to be a first generation college graduate.
I’m also a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA member since 1996); currently finishing my last year on the APHA Awards Committee and I am the past President of the Latino Caucus for Public Health (2008-2010) and former APHA Science Board Member (2003-2005).