Ashley will join the Missouri Immunization Coalition as our Graduate Student Intern this summer. As an intern, she will support the Coalition to develop educational content for vaccine-preventable diseases and public and provider-facing educational materials to promote vaccine confidence and combat vaccine hesitancy. She is a first-year Master of Public Health (MPH) student in the Health Promotion and Policy program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree in public health at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Before joining the Coalition, Ashley served as a communicable disease investigator at the CDC Foundation, where she supported the emergency response for COVID-19, MPOX, and Avian Influenza Surveillance in the Disease Investigation Unit at the California Department of Public Health. She now serves as the Gamma Eta chapter president of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health for the 2023-2024 academic year at the University of Missouri with a primary focus on promoting a lasting impact in the field of Public Health. Ashley aspires to use her experience in disease control to inform a career in public health law, with hopes of strengthening public health policies and laws that will enhance healthcare accessibility and affordability. She is thrilled to use her public health background to contribute to MIC’s efforts to achieve a healthier Missouri through vaccine education, promotion, and advocacy.