U.S. Public Health Service Officer Named Trinity's Outstanding Young Alumna

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Sep. 30, 2013

U.S. Public Health Service Officer Named Trinity's Outstanding Young Alumna

Luncheon to honor Alyson Rose-Wood '03 is in November on campus

Alyson Rose-WoodSAN ANTONIO -  Alyson Rose-Wood '03, a U.S. Public Health Service Officer, will receive the Trinity University Outstanding Young Alumna Award for 2013-2014 at a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Great Hall at the Chapman Center on the Trinity campus.

The luncheon is $17 per person or $170 for a table of 10, and the registration deadline is Nov. 5. To register, contact Christine Martinez, the young alumni and student programs coordinator in Alumni Relations at Trinity, at csun@trinity.edu  or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 210-999-8404.

Lt. Rose-Wood serves as a senior international public health specialist covering the Americas in the Office of Global Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C., where she coordinates U.S. government policy and activities. She also serves as the program officer for the Border Health Improvement Initiative of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission. After the Haitian earthquake in 2010, she was deployed to support the work of the HHS-managed Haiti Health Facilities Work Group.

Prior to her current position, Rose-Wood was a Presidential Management Fellow with the National Cancer Institute where she worked on initiatives such as communicating information about the link between alcohol consumption and several cancers. She also drafted the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative guide for faith-based and community groups and worked at the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at HHS as well as at the U.S. Agency for International Development on the President's Malaria Initiative.

The child of U.S. diplomats, Rose-Wood grew up in Botswana, Ethiopia, Mali and Honduras, eventually returning to the United States to attend Trinity, where she received a bachelor's degree in English literature and political science. She has a master's in global health and population with a concentration in infectious disease epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Rose-Wood has published her research in the Malaria Journal and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping Bulletin. Her interest in public health is inspired by her tenure as a water and sanitation Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco where she worked with the local population and health officials to improve access to potable water.

Rose-Wood is the 11th Trinity graduate to receive the honors given to alumni who have graduated in the past 15 years. The University accepts nominations of alumni who have distinguished themselves in their profession and in service to the community, setting a standard of excellence worthy of recognition by the Alumni Association and the University. A committee of the National Alumni Board selects the recipient.

Text provided by Rend Altai of Austin, a candidate for graduation from Trinity University in May 2015 with a degree in International Studies. She is a student worker in the Office of University Communications.