NHEW 2022: You Do You: A Toolkit for Bold Self Advocacy in Meeting Your Career Goals

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Recorded On: 10/21/2022

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In this webinar, students will experience how they can boldly advocate for their career goals and dreams. It is up to each person to know they are their own best advocate and should have a toolkit of tried-and-true methods and ideas for promoting their aspirations.

Josina R. O'Connell, M.D


Colorado Area Health Education Centers (COAHEC)

Dr. Josina R. O'Connell is a family medicine doctor in Denver, Colorado affiliated with Denver Health. She received her medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2009 and has been teaching family medicine as an assistant professor there since 2015. Additionally, Dr. O'Connell serves as the Director of the Colorado Area Health Education Centers (COAHEC). She enjoys writing, music and is passionate about supporting underrepresented and minority students finding their way to their health care careers. She is devoted to underserved medicine and addressing health inequity on all levels.

Samantha Vernon (Moderator)

Program Assistant

Centennial Area Health Education Center

Samantha is a current student finishing a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on community health education at the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked in a variety of roles within Medicare, special education, and assisted living where she developed her passion for health education. She is excited to be at Centennial Area Health Education Center where she gets to explore that passion serving the rural communities and students of Northeastern Colorado as the program assistant

Teresa O'Connell

Assistant Director

MSU Denver Health Institute

Teresa O’Connell is the Assistant Director of the MSU Denver Health Institute. She completed her BA in ELA at DU where she swam all four years on a full-ride swimming scholarship.  After graduating from DU, she attended UC Denver where she received her Ed. S in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in secondary English education. Teresa is a Colorado professionally licensed educator and taught secondary English language arts, reading, theater, and writing for over eight years. During her time teaching, she also worked for three years as a high school athletic director.  In 2018, she began working at Denver Health as the director of the Healthcare Interest pipeline and internship program, where she worked with underrepresented, marginalized students from MSU Denver, CU Denver, and Regis University who were pursuing healthcare degrees. During that time, she began attending CU Denver again, this time pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership for equity, urban and diverse communities, and continues that work to this day. After Denver Health, Teresa transitioned to MSU Denver as the Peer Health Exchange program manager and affiliate faculty for a year before being promoted to . She also is the co-founder and Vice President of the non-profit Student Health Investment Partners (or SHIPs- http://studenthealthinvestmentpartners.com/). She lives with her partner Tyler, and their three-year-old bernedoodle, George>span class="xgmaildefault">, in Littleton, CO


Recorded 10/21/2022
Recorded 10/21/2022
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1.00 Entry-level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Entry-level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available