Alumnus loves Campbell’s holistic approach to better understanding healthcare – Blogs

“I chose to pursue studies in public health because I wanted to understand what systems and policies are in place, both nationally and locally, that directly impact the health of a community or group. of people.”

Name: Treston Clark-La Rue

Program: Dual MPAP/MSPH

Were you a Campbell undergraduate before joining us as a graduate or professional student? No

Tell us a bit about your personal and professional background/experience before starting the MSPH program. Before starting the MSPH program at Campbell, I attended the University of Pittsburgh where I earned my Bachelor of Science degree. While in Pittsburgh, I worked as a PCT to get my PA school hours and also gained three years of experience researching drug use in pregnant women. It was through this research that I fell in love with public health.

Why did you choose public health and what benefits do you expect/have gained from your involvement with Campbell? I chose to pursue studies in public health because I wanted to understand what systems and policies in place, both nationally and locally, have a direct impact on the health of a community or group of people. Campbell provided me with the education and skills necessary to understand all aspects of health care outside of what I discovered during a lab test or physical exam.

Please summarize your internship experience. Include the name of your team, location of the internship and describe the work you are doing/did during the internship. My internship experience focused on working with CommWell Health and their Positive Living program. The Positive Life program was designed to support a diverse population of people living with HIV by helping them access the care they need. While working with the team, I assessed and analyzed the housing and transportation needs of low-income HIV-positive patients in rural North Carolina. I presented my findings to some leaders at CommWell and we discussed ways to improve these determinants of health for our population.

Describe your classroom experiences in the MSPH program. If you graduated, explain how it helped prepare you for the position you currently hold or hope to obtain. My classroom experience in this program has been my favorite of all my educational experiences. The lectures were often engaging and involved lots of group discussions and projects. I felt like every week I was gaining knowledge about things I didn’t know or didn’t understand before. Overall, the faculty and students felt like one big family (PHamily).

What position did you accept after graduation / What position do you hope to hold after graduation? I am currently a physician assistant with the Harnett County Health Department, working in the pediatric, employee, family planning, and STD clinics.

What was your research/practice while at CUMSPH? Is your current position related to your research? My research focused on the transportation and housing needs of people living with HIV in local counties. Although I do not work directly with HIV patients, I work in the same county as some of these patients, so I have a good understanding of the housing and transportation challenges that exist in the area.

What are your future plans in the public health profession/what legacy do you hope to leave? I would like to get involved in public health leadership and policy. I want to be known as someone who gave voice to the underrepresented.

Why should prospective students choose Campbell Public Health over other graduate and professional schools? Campbell has a holistic approach to public health that allows you to learn and understand all aspects of healthcare. Faculty are passionate about public health education, and students will be prepared to enter policy-making, leadership, education, research, or any other public health avenue their heart desires.

To learn more about the Public Health Program, Physician Assistant Program, or our dual degree options, visit our website.


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