Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo is a doctoral candidate in the department of Management, Policy and Community Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. Ms. Attipoe-Dorcoo is working on her dissertation titled "An overview of costs, utilization, geographical distribution and influence of mobile clinics in rural health care delivery in the United States.” Through her research, she hopes to provide evidence that will help improve health care policies for the funding and use of mobile health clinics in rural areas. Ms. Attipoe-Dorcoo was awarded a doctoral dissertation research award by the school to enable her cover the expenses involved in primary data collection for her research. Additionally, she recently joined the research team at Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., which supports the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on healthcare quality improvement, measurement, and evaluation projects. As a Health Services Researcher, she provides research support and expertise on the impact assessment of quality measures used in CMS programs.
Throughout her time at UTHealth, Ms. Attipoe-Dorcoo has held graduate research positions in projects ranging from the evaluation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education programs conducted by implementing agencies funded by Texas, to analyzing claims data on cancer patients. Additionally, she was a teaching assistant for two large (40+ student) sections of a capstone class. Ms. Attipoe-Dorcoo lectured on select topics, led group sessions when faculty were absent and mentored individual students who had difficulty with writing their proposals. She also co-taught a 25 student, summer 6-week version of this culminating capstone course.
Ms. Attipoe-Dorcoo always makes a continuous effort in her work to go beyond her academic achievements to seek real-life experiences in international settings. As a lead investigator on an international research fellowship project at the University of Cape Town, Department of Medicine, she designed and carried out research on media coverage of HPV vaccination campaign in South Africa. In the summer of 2013, she spent time in Ghana evaluating a mobile technology program. The program involved the use of cellphones to communicate with pregnant women in rural areas of Ghana.
As an active student member of AcadmeyHealth, Ms. Attipoe-Dorcoo received the 2015 Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship and presented at poster sessions at the Annual Meetings in 2016 and in 2017. She has also served as a member of the Global Health and Health Care Interest Group Advisory Committee and served as a reviewer for both the Alice Hersh Student Scholarship and abstracts submitted to the Global Health and Health Care Interest Group. She is currently the first ever student board member of AcademyHealth.
Ms. Attipoe-Dorcoo has not only contributed to health services research via her research projects but has also reviewed manuscripts for Vaccine journal and various abstracts for both the American Public Health Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program. Among her other recognitions are scholarships from her school, and a Diversity Scholar of Ithaca College at the 2016 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. She has a Master of Public Health degree from UTHealth and a Master of Science in biomedical and bioengineering from the University of Massachusetts. She published two articles while studying at the University of Virginia where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering.