School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

Sarah Spencer Smith, MPA '10

Post Acute Services Consultant
Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association

Sarah Smith Sarah is working for Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association as a Post Acute Services Consultant. In this position she is able to combine her three degrees from GVSU, which include a BS in Health Communications, BS in Nursing and MPA. It is a position where she markets service line to the community at large with a focus specifically on physicians and health care facilities to not only increase referrals, but also serve to educate the community about Spectrum-Health Visiting Nurse Association and the services they provide.

"My graduate experience at Grand Valley State University in the Masters in Public Administration Program provided me with many valuable opportunities. I found the networking and internship opportunities offered to be very helpful. They have led to job opportunities and provided me with mentors and relationships that I have resourced throughout my career so far. I also have found having access to the universities online library to be a useful resource even as a working professional. Finally, I value and embrace that certain professors pushed me to participate and present in national conferences and write papers that were well beyond my comfort zone. These experiences have stretched me and sculpted me personally and professionally."

* Organization affiliations are provided for identification purposes only. All statements are the personal opinions of the individuals and do not reflect an organizational endorsement of GVSU or its MPA program.

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