The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s “Student fieldwork helps anchor Worcester-based health care system in community” article discusses how two doctor of public health (DrPH) students, Ahmad Al Kasir and Eric Coles, worked with Healthcare Anchor Network member UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts to develop its ambitious new anchor mission strategy:
“Last year, to fulfill their DrPH field immersion requirements, Coles and Al Kasir spent the winter and summer sessions on the project at UMMHC. By June, the health system’s board had unanimously approved the plan, and by the fall, Al Kasir and Coles had identified first steps for implementing it. Since then, Al Kasir and Coles have continued to work with UMMHC as consultants, and co-wrote a case study about the project that was first taught this spring to over 100 graduates of the Harvard Chan master in health management program and will be taught in several courses this coming academic year.
Douglas Brown, UMMHC’s chief administrative officer, called the students’ work pivotal. “We had this great idea but no way to assess it and implement it,” he said. “They helped us operationalize it. They were instrumental at every phase.””