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Dr. Debra Houry (MD/MPH ’98)

You can always count on SPHTM alumni to be active, involved, and taking the lead.

For alumna Debra Houry, new role at CDC is an opportunity to make a larger impact

While the acute threat of COVID-19 is a vital national concern, issues like health equity, climate change, maternal mortality, and community safety also remain priorities for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As new acting principal deputy director for the CDC, alumna Dr. Debra Houry (MD/MPH ’98) is well positioned to make an impact on important public health concerns. In this role Houry is second in command to Director Rochelle Walensky, who is the spokesperson and lead scientist for the CDC. “I’m overseeing a lot of the non-COVID work, although certainly COVID is something I’m engaged with,” says Houry. “One of the many reasons why I was excited about this role is that now I can elevate many of these topics – drug overdose, community violence, firearm safety.” Keep reading >>

From Cancer Alley to combatting breast cancer and health disparities

Dr. Janeen Azare (MSPH EHS ’94)

Growing up in southwest Louisiana near the corridor known as “Cancer Alley,” Dr. Janeen Azare (MSPH EHS ’94) was always curious about the way cancer affected populations differently. Now, she is a senior field medical director at Pfizer working to combat breast cancer and health disparities. “That brings it full circle,” said Azare, a New York City resident. “Many, many years later, here I am working on something very similar.” Keep reading>>

Alum Philip Krause Schmidt on the importance of the Tulane alumni network

Phil Krause Schmidt
(BSPH ’13, MHA ’15

Phil Krause Schmidt (BSPH ’13, MHA ’15) knows the importance of paying it forward – and paying it back. Krause Schmidt believes strongly in the power of the Tulane alumni network. He is a strategic program manager at Ochsner Health and graduated from Tulane with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and a Master of Health Administration. He is a loyal donor to the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine annual fund and serves as president of the school’s alumni association board of directors. Keep reading >>

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