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Meet New Staff Member Jude Fahoum
Meet School-Based Surveillance & Evaluation Specialist Jude Fahoum
Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?
Before I initially joined the PRCHN as an intern in March 2018, I was working at Mitchell’s Ice Cream (still occasionally do). At Mitchell’s, I did the typical customer service duties, such as serving ice cream and cleaning, and helped train new hires. As an intern at the PRC, I worked on a tobacco cessation project called Breathe Free: We Share Air where I surveyed participants, interviewed informants and organization representatives, and assisted with coordinating project goals and steps with participating organizations. After my time with Breathe Free, I joined the PRCHN in December 2018 as a staff member on YRBS. 

Tell me about your education. Where and what did you study? Is your work here radically different than what you studied in college? In other words, has your career path made any unusual changes?
I went to Ohio Wesleyan University (Class of 2017) and graduated with a major in Biology and minor in Comparative Literature while completing pre-med requirements. I would say that my work at the PRC is different than what I studied in college because of the focus on public health. My career goal is to go to medical school and become a physician, but I want to gain experience in public health before going back to school so that I can complement my medical education and career with such knowledge and background.

What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?
My new position requires me to visit middle and high schools in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties. What I find most intriguing about my position is the difference in my overall experience at these schools and what I learn while I’m there (whether that be about the neighborhoods, the kids themselves, or the school’s curriculum). In addition to this, I find myself being repeatedly reminded of the large, interconnected frameworks within which the questions we are looking at are entangled. There is always more to learn and new perspectives to consider, and it is worthwhile and interesting to me to be challenged by such realities to ensure my work is meaningful and effective.

I am really looking forward to continue building my professional profile here at the PRC! I have learned a lot from my experiences here, but also from my intelligent co-workers, and after a rather unkind transition from college to real life, I feel like I am getting somewhere! I am also excited to begin data cleaning and analysis with YRBS soon and to be involved in reports and dissemination. 

What are some of your interests outside of work?
I enjoy learning languages and reading. I also like to work out, spend time with family, and explore my surroundings (Northeast Ohio).

Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I grew up in Doha, Qatar, and my family and I settled in Westlake, OH in fall of 2012.

Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
I am glad I get to be part of and contribute to this group of smart and caring professionals and the amazing work they all do! Thank you!
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