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SHINE Fellows Welcomed in Atlanta for Orientation

Posted By Amanda Masters and Jessica Pittman, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Friday, August 21, 2015

There’s a reputation of excellence among the individuals working as Project SHINE fellows in the Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship, the Health Systems Integration Program, and the Informatics-Training in Place Program. The three SHINE fellowships attract applicants of diverse backgrounds and interests, many with doctoral and master’s degrees as well as medical and veterinary degrees. For new APHIF and HSIP fellows, the opportunity can mean relocating to a new part of the country, while I-TIPP fellows gain informatics training for capacity development within their current job roles.

Not only are Project SHINE partners CSTE, CDC, and NACCHO as well as supporters ASTHO and PHII continually amazed by the accomplishments of the exemplary fellows in all three programs, their host communities at large recognize them for their impressive contributions. In previous fellowship years, host sites have seen their fellows bridge organizational relationships, implement creative solutions, and train staff on new technologies. What fellows bring to their health departments is a unique perspective, top-notch technological literacy, and intellectual curiosity.

This year, five Class III fellows gained so much from the experience that they applied to extend an additional year with special funding from CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. This summer former classes of fellows are completing their work and moving on to their post-fellowship positions and CSTE is pleased to usher in a new cohort.

This week, 8 APHIF, 8 HSIP, and 15 I-TIPP fellows will begin new positions, working on a variety of projects to build informatics and epidemiologic capacity at state and local health departments. Their projects will contribute to improving population health in their communities.. Here is a small sample from the broad scope of the projects that fellows will initiate:
  • Indiana Network for Patient Care Immunization Data Exportation, Crystal Boston-Clay, PhD(c), MS, BS
  • Integration of Local Health Department Electronic Medical Record with Public Health, Ekaette Joseph-Isang, MD
  • Improving Respiratory Syncytial Virus Surveillance through Electronic Laboratory Reporting, Heather Rubino, PhD, MS, BS
  • Enhancing Chlamydia Surveillance, Christie Mettenbrink, MSPH, BSMT
  • Influencing Influenza’s Impact in Idaho with Informatics, Ian Troesoyer, RN, BSN

Last week’s orientation educates new fellows on a cross-professional array of topics, introducing concepts that may prove useful as they begin engaging in complex projects. Orientation topics span health economics, mental models, community health needs assessments, project management, and more.

Congratulations to the 31 new fellows and 5 extension fellows for making it through the competitive application process. We are eager to hear about all of the positive outcomes you will have on your host site as well as the skills and competencies you will gain throughout your fellowship experience.

Visit for more information and return in October for new updates. 2016 host-site applications will open in October and 2016 fellow applications will open in November.
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