Meet our Staff: Veronica Alexander – Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

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Meet our Staff: Veronica Alexander

February 28, 2019 Written By: Health & Medicine Policy Research Group (HMPRG)

This January, Health & Medicine welcomed Veronica Alexander to our staff as a Policy Analyst for Health Equity and Health Reform. Veronica has worked in various realms of healthcare administration including work in developmental pediatrics and Early Intervention at Rush University Medical Center. A native Chicagoan from the Englewood area, Veronica believes she not only has a personal but professional responsibility to work on behalf of marginalized and underserved communities. She holds a master of social work degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in psychology from Northern Illinois University.

What interested you in working at Health & Medicine?
After working for a while in direct practice and casework, I felt it was time to move on to work that is more impactful on a larger scale. I tried to identify adjacent or related fields where my skills would be practical and transferable, and policy work was high on my list. Health and Medicine’s values are admirable, and the mission has integrity – it was very important to me to work in an environment aligned with my views.

Is there a Health & Medicine project or activity you’re particularly excited about?
Conducting focus groups with healthcare workers and examining the challenges faced by the safety net will allow me to use the skills I already have to uncover gaps in service delivery and implementation that can be overlooked on a policy level. I also have many strongly held views, particularly as a former healthcare worker myself, that I feel are not reflected in research or related literature, and am very excited to be able to contribute to the discourse this way.

What sort of things do you like to do outside of work?
Outside of work, I’m pretty introverted and more or less a homebody. I have a cat, and we hang out in my apartment. My hobbies are pretty quiet… reading, Netflix, blogging. I tend to be fairly low maintenance.

What did you want to be when you were a child?
A teacher probably! The first thing that pops in every kid’s mind, in a classroom, when asked by a teacher! 🙂 I probably wanted to be a writer. While my hyperactive child’s imagination may have become a little diminished for writing fiction or being a novelist, I still find twisting words around to be the most consistent way to clear my head and center my thoughts; I think it’s better that I decided not to pursue a creative career in the arts.