Meet our Editors

This fall 2020, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health MCH Program has partnered with the University at Albany MCH Public Health Catalyst Program to run and collaborate on this blog. Meet our new co-editors of 2020, from the UMN and UAlbany, as well as the past inaugural student editors who created, organized and promoted the content of this blog.

Current Editors

Alexis Chavez


Alexis Chavez is one of the new co-editors for the MCH blog for 2020. She graduated in May 2020 from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and a minor in Health and Human Values. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Minnesota. She looks forward to working with her co-editor from SUNY Albany and growing as a Public Health advocate through her time at the University of Minnesota.

   I began to see healthcare as more than just medicine. I learned it’s not just about the physiology of the body, but it’s about the self and identity of the person. It’s important to listen to a person’s story and experiences because it is what shapes them and contributes to their overall health.  

Alexis Chavez
Check out University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, Students of SPH feature on Alexis Chavez

Alyssa Pochkar


Alyssa Pochkar is the newest co-editor for the MCH blog. She graduated in May 2020 from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology and a minor in Public Health. Alyssa is currently continuing her studies at SUNY Albany, School of Public Health where she is pursuing an MPH in Epidemiology while obtaining certificates in both Maternal and Child Health and Global Health Studies. Alyssa’s passion for public health began during her work in Haiti, where she realized the overlapping barriers individuals face while trying to live a healthy life. After graduating, Alyssa hopes to combat disparities in Maternal and Child Health internationally.

Past Editors:

Fall 2020

Rachel Craig

Rachel Craig served as one of the co-editor’s of the MCH blog for the fall 2020 semester. She is a Masters of Public Health student at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany School of Public Health. She is pursuing a graduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health and is currently the Research Project Assistant for the MCH program at SUNY Albany School of Public Health.


Abhi Ramesh

Abhi was the inaugural blog editor. She helped to conceptualize the blog, developed the site, and worked on the early crafting processes. She graduated in May 2020 with an MPH in Maternal and Child Health. She is now working towards her PhD in molecular and genetic epidemiology at the University of Iowa.

Gray Taylor

Gray served as one of the blog’s first editors and worked to launch the blog. She helped to further develop the blog by creating a communication plan and promoting blog efforts. She is currently a second-year in the MPH Epidemiology program at the University of Washington.

Funding provided by the Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota and the University at Albany School of Public Health Maternal and Child Health Public Health Catalyst Program, which are supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions of related outreach products are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.