Executive board Member & previous conference organizer in 2014
Angelica Rusilowski is a 2nd year MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology of Chronic Disease and Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in NYC. Like many of her fellow board members, Angelica is a first-generation Polish American who has been and continues to be engaged with the Polish medical community of Chicago. She has volunteered at Community Health Clinic, the largest volunteer-based clinic in the nation, where she served the uninsured Polish immigrant population for over 3 years as a Polish medical interpreter, lab associate, triage volunteer, and health educator for diabetes and nutrition. Additionally, as the former Physician Assistant Chair, Angelica was extensively involved in organizing the 2014 “Lives in Medicine” Conference. Furthermore, Angelica has previously helped coordinate the Annual Breast Cancer Forum through her involvement with Amber Coalition, which aims to develop a culturally integrated educational program for women of Polish descent and offers free mammograms to hundreds of uninsured women.
Since matriculating into graduate school, Angelica has become extensively involved in integrative medicine research and student leadership. She presently acts as Student Ambassador of her class and serves as the President of the Students for the Promotion of Integrative Medicine (SPIM) organization. Additionally, Angelica is involved with several research studies at Columbia University Medical Center. She has co-authored an abstract on the effectiveness of integrative therapies among patients with primary brain tumors, which was chosen for oral presentation at the Society for Neuro-Oncology Meeting and published in the journal Neuro-Oncology. Moreover, Angelica is currently working on a separate manuscript, a needs assessment of integrative health services at school-based health clinics that will be published in the next year, as well as her thesis. Recently, Angelica was chosen for the “Emerging Leadership in Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices (ICTHP)” Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and will serve as the new Membership Committee Co-Chair within the ICTHP Section of the APHA. Furthermore, Angelica is currently working as a Data Analyst on the Research and Evaluation team within the Bureau of Mental Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to working for the NYC government, Angelica works as a Teaching Assistant for the Research Methods and Applications studio at Columbia University. Finally, Angelica is currently undergoing medical school interviews and hopes to begin her medical school journey in the coming year.
For fun, Angelica spends her time painting, traveling, and fine dining in the beautiful New York City, which she gets to call home. Before matriculating into her MPH program, Angelica attended the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC), where she majored in Psychology and worked as a lead research assistant in the Clinical Psychology Department, studying the relationship between depression and anxiety among undergraduate students. Upon graduating from UIC, she took a few years off to work as a Medical Assistant and Scribe. Angelica plans to graduate with her MPH from Columbia University in May of 2018.