Past Interviews with Public Health Professionals
What a time to be a public health professional! As a first term Board Member, I am ready to dive into the exciting work of reducing disparities, addressing threats to public health, and empowering the next generation of health leaders in Maryland. In my nearly 15 years of professional experience in public health and healthcare settings, I have worked towards promoting healthy and equitable communities through partnership, collaboration and evidence-based programming. As we know, in public health we wear many hats. I am equally as comfortable conducting blood pressure screenings or leading a multi-discipline team at a COVID-19 testing site as I am in a set of financial statements. Similarly, any given day I could be addressing the health concerns of community stakeholders, collaborating to build a stronger continuum of care for discharged patients, or counseling an individual to manage their hypertension. I’ve also been known to leverage my certified fitness instructor skills to substitute a senior aerobics class. From chronic disease prevention and management, to pandemic leadership, to population health care transformation, I am proud to be serving others and champion the ever-important work of improving health.
Allie Berry is the Maryland Public Health Association's first part-time staff member, leading our advocacy efforts in climate and health. She recently completed her master's in Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with research focused in food systems resilience and environmental justice. She is a passionate believer that every individual has the right to live in a healthy and sustainable environment, and hopes to engage other public health professionals in Maryland in the issues of climate change and environmental health.