Member of the Month

Kate Hayden, MPH

July 2012 Member Spotlight

HYPE Member Since:  2010

Employer: The UConn Health Center in Farmington

Industry/Job Title:  Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the UConn Health Center

What she does: I started working in research when I graduated from UConn with an undergraduate degree in psychology.  The first study I worked on is a nationwide study called COGA, the Collaborative Study on the Genetics of Alcoholism.  At that time it was a major eye-opener to work with people with addictions.  During that time I also completed a Masters Degree and Public Health from UConn.  Since then, I have coordinated several research studies.  During my time living in Philadelphia I coordinated two genetic studies at the UPenn Research and Treatment Center.  One was on the genetics of alcohol addiction and the other was on the genetics of cocaine addiction.  Last spring I coordinated a pilot study called Post Partum Stress and Health.  For this study, we recruited low income pregnant women from the Women’s Ambulatory Health Service Clinic at Hartford Hospital.  I enjoy research because it enables us to identify and quantify social problems so that funding can be secured to help vulnerable populations.  The two populations that I enjoy the most are low income urban populations and international populations.  

During my masters training I took a summer course with SCSU to Guatemala and there I developed a love for international public health work.  Then in 2009 my professor took me to work for 17 days in Sierra Leone Africa (where the blood diamond conflict occurred) to work on a health project for the NGO Concern Worldwide.  I enjoy international work and travel. My favorite saying is, “if you have some power then your job is to empower somebody else.” –Toni Morrison

This year I got involved in HYPE by serving on the Community Involvement Committee and the Public Policy Committee.  For the HYPE toiletry drive for Hands on Hartford I promoted the event and served as the contact person.  Later I recruited a team of HYPEsters to volunteer for the same organization by administering the Vulnerability Index to persons at local shelters.   I’ve also had the pleasure of working on creating surveys for the HYPE Public Policy Committee so look out I’m coming to survey you!

What I like most about Hartford is Downtown Yoga, riding my bike and playing tennis in Elizabeth Park, and of course my amazing HYPE friends!  HYPE has united me with other educated, enthusiastic, and civically-minded young people and for that I am forever grateful.

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