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Alicia Vooris, MSPH, In Her Own Words

Alicia Vooris recently completed an internship with the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). In her own words, here’s a little bit about what she did and learned during her time with us.

While earning a Master of Science degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, I also completed an internship at the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD). As a trainee, I was given a diverse range of stimulating and challenging projects, each of which built on my public health knowledge and skills.

Most recently, I presented a poster based on work I completed during my internship at the annual American Public Health Association conference in Denver, Colorado.


Alicia Vooris, MSPH (right) presented a poster based on work completed during an internship with the MCDD at the annual American Public Health Association conference in Denver, Colorado with co-author Dr. Harolyn Belcher.  

My mentors taught me that leaders strive to be slightly uncomfortable with their level of competence, and they push themselves to gain new knowledge and skills. My mentors always valued and respected my opinions, and this encouraged me to learn about my strengths, my weaknesses, and ultimately my worth as a trainee and as a person.

The atmosphere at MCDD motivated me to take action and demonstrate leadership in my field of study. Upon graduation, I was offered the position of program evaluator for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. I am grateful that MCDD helped prepare me for this position, and I am confident that even if I do not know how to do something, I will certainly be able to figure it out! 

MCDD Newsletter 2017: Issue One