Leah pursued a pre-med path in her program at USC's Keck School of Medicine, earning her bachelor’s in health promotion and disease prevention studies—and continuing on at USC to earn her master’s in global medicine. First encountering COPE Health Solutions as an undergraduate participant in the same Health Scholar program she now directs, Leah realized her true passion was for systems design and policy implementation—a path she’s pursued ever since.
With so many stakeholders involved in COPE Health Solutions’ mission, no two days are alike for Leah. What’s constant is her mission to innovate the student-to-workforce pipeline in the health care industry, scaling successful pilot programs into larger state and national systems. Coordinating amongst hospitals, regional management, and thousands of students makes for a truly dynamic experience.
“My goal as a director is to ensure that our Operations Teams, working with thousands of students across California and Washington state, have the resources, training, and education that they need to be successful and impact the future professionals in the health care industry. ”
“What’s most rewarding about the work that I’ve done in Washington is seeing something that has grown from non-existent to now having four pipelines up and running, allowing thousands of students to move through every year and get that hands-on touch with the patients—to understand where their place is in health care and where they’d like to go.”