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C-TAC is excited to welcome Stephanie Zawada to our team as a Partnerships and Programs Intern. She is originally from Tucson, AZ and is a Ph.D. student at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. At Mayo Clinic, Stephanie is studying artificial intelligence applications in the Clinical and Translational Science program. Get to know Stephanie below!
What initially interested you in C-TAC?
C-TAC is a model organization for building community engagement to improve healthcare delivery at the state and federal level for patients who require serious illness care. C-TAC is the only organization that focuses on respecting communities of individuals from all walks of life – from faith-based groups to those advocating for rare disease care – as important stakeholders in reforming our current healthcare system. As a Mayo Clinic student, we are taught that “the needs of the patient come first”, and C-TAC has found a way to operationalize that value by creating a space for discussion and advocacy in personalized advanced care planning.
What are three things you want to learn in your time here?
I am really grateful for the opportunity to listen to C-TAC webinars! More than learning specific skills, I am trying to absorb the culture of the organization and focus on integrating their openminded approach to healthcare delivery reform in my own doctoral work.
What are you most looking forward to this internship with C-TAC?
Learning more about how to use social media effectively!
What is something everything should know about you?
My grandparents inspired my interest in advanced care planning and data science. My grandma needed advanced care, and I was shocked by how little effort healthcare organizations and professionals exerted to coordinate care (and patient data sharing) for elderly patients. My grandfather was a Nazi Concentration Camp survivor who was subject to medical experiments and inspired me to ask bigger questions about patient care that would protect the weakest among us from being treated as just a collection of data. Promoting care that aligns with the religious, cultural, and personal values of an individual patient is one of the reasons I joined C-TAC.