Jessye Halvorson, (MPP '21)
Jessye earned her BA in Global Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies (self-designed with a focus on the Social Determinants of Population Health) from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She focused her award-winning honors thesis on the ethics of healthcare voluntourism and its effect on sustainable development in communities in Nicaragua and Panama. After college, Jessye spent two years with City Year New York as an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader supporting students in a Queens middle school. While still serving the community, she shifted to working at the New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, the City’s healthcare industry partnership, in order to help build an effective healthcare workforce development system focused on diverse pipelines. Jessye’s health care interests include promoting health equity, addressing health and racial disparities, and prioritizing the need for value-based payment reform to ensure better quality and access to care in under resourced communities.