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Meet New Staff Member Catherine Osborn
Meet School-Based Surveillance and Evaluation Coordinator Catherine Osborn

Tell me a bit about your work before you joined the PRCHN. Where did you work and what did you do?
I became a graduate assistant at the PRCHN in Spring 2016 working on the evaluation of CCBH’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Before (and concurrent to) that, I worked at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History creating exhibits and events focused on the history of childbirth and public health and as an editorial associate at the academic journal, Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry. I also teach graduate students in the Dept. of Anthropology at CWRU.

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?
This fall is my 21st (!!!) semester as a CWRU student. I received my B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Biology at Case Western with the initial plan of going to medical school. As my studies progressed, I found the individualized focus of medicine wasn’t in keeping with my interests and decided to pursue graduate studies focused more at the policy and population level of health. After completing my undergraduate degrees, I stayed at CWRU and completed my M.A. in Medical Anthropology in 2015. I’m currently working on my dissertation in Medical Anthropology focused on how underinsured Cuyahoga County residents make decisions about pursuing advanced reproductive healthcare services and navigate medical care from diagnosis to specialist treatment. My work at the PRCHN aligns with the scope and focus of my research interests and allows me to utilize both quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, to work directly with the community, and to translate work for broad audiences.

What aspects of your new position are most intriguing to you? What are you looking forward to?
As a graduate assistant, I worked on data analysis and creation of dissemination pieces of YRBS data. With our ambitious administrations in Cuyahoga and Summit counties I will also be able to work on the planning, data collection, and data cleaning side of the project. I have already enjoyed being able to meet with teachers and students and to experience the diversity of our local schools. I am looking forward to working with a team of wonderful administrators and PRCHN staff to collect meaningful data and to see more of the surrounding area.

What are some of your interests outside of work?
Outside of work I like to stay active by doing yoga and exploring the city on my bike. I also love to cook, garden, and hang out with my dog. 

Where did you grow up and where have you settled in Cleveland?
I grew up in Springfield, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2008. I currently live in Cleveland Heights in the Cedar-Lee neighborhood and I love how close I am to great food, breweries, theaters, and coffee. 

Is there anything else that you'd like to share with the PRCHN and its stakeholders?
I’m looking forward to being out from behind my computer a bit more and working in the community. Hopefully this will allow me to meet more of the PRCHN wonderful stakeholders!
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