Healthcare Community Alumni Spotlight: Michelle Ferng, '10, Program Manager of Clinton Health Access Initiative

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This week's Healthcare Community Alumni Spotlight will be focusing on Ms. Michelle Ferng, a Class of 2010 Foreign Affairs major and Global Public Health minor graduate.

During her years at UVA, Ferng took an Alternative Spring Break trip to enhance her leadership and project management skills. She had multiple internships ranging from Women's Health Virginia, independent research in Argentina, and documentary journalism of Brazilian human rights and criminal justice issues. After working for two years with the QED Group as a Project Manager, Michelle earned a Master's Health Systems Degree from Johns Hopkins University, where she also served as a Research Assistant. From 2013 to 2015, she held different roles as a data consultant, Health Financing Analyst for ThinkWell Global, and investigative journalism for the Pulitzer Center. Currently, Ferng leads the Clinton Health Access Initiative's financing portfolio in Malawi. In this role, she focuses on resource allocation and tracking, aid coordination, and health policy.

For Michelle, she emphasizes finding "the intersection" between your interests, talents, global areas of improvement/need, and monetary gain. Her way of finding this intersection is by volunteering, working internships and part-time jobs to learn about the world and what you can provide it. To work in a field like Michelle's, you must be empathetic, culturally sensitive, adaptable, and have strong communication skills. Similar to last week's advice, Michelle advises seeking out help from research and relevant individuals in the world of public health to see what is out there. Lastly, before seeking out graduate school, take up a job for a couple years and learn as much as you can, not only about the environment and the field, but about yourself as well through mentor feedback.

If you would like to contact Michelle with any questions, her email is