Healthcare Spotlights

Mike Michalski '18

Mike Michalski '18

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Sr. Analyst - Monitoring and Evaluation

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1. Tell us about your journey since graduation.
My research experience through the Student Summer Scholars program along with the opportunity to serve as the finance chair for Grand Valley's Alternative Breaks pushed me to pursue an interdisciplinary career. Studying at Grand Valley I learned to value critical thinking and creative problem-solving. I wanted to develop these skills even further and seek out a career where I could fix broken systems that impacted many lives. After a series of intentional conversations with Professor Jennifer Winther PhD and other mentors, I gained through my attendance at GVSU, I applied to graduate schools to study health administration. While working on my applications and awaiting acceptance, I applied skills I learned in the Cell and Molecular Biology program at an Ada-based cosmetic manufacturer in their quality assurance department. I earned a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health in the spring of 2021. I currently work as a senior analyst at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. I have integrated new project management systems for the organization and now contribute to the development and reporting process of our yearly operations plan.

2. Share a favorite Grand Valley memory.
I was working late in Kindschi Hall on pouring an agarose gel for electrophoresis but I had mistakenly poured the gel too thick. I patiently waited for my sample to separate with little luck. I remember just laughing with my classmates because I'd review the progress hour after hour and nothing would change. Just the sheer size of the gel was a joke in itself.

3. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
"If you are hosting a conference or event, always have hot coffee available throughout the day. Even if you have to pay for it yourself, the conference will not go well without it."

4. List three words you would use to describe your Grand Valley experience.
Down-to-earth, Support, and Opportunity.

5. What difference would you like to make in the world?
Already during my time in public health, the life expectancy in this country has decreased. I refuse to accept this trend continuing. Those are loved ones lost too soon, and unfortunately, this impacts those most harmed by the darkest parts of our nation's history (e.g., segregation, discrimination, redlining, profiling). I hope to improve health systems that increase the livelihood and lifetimes of each person in the United States, providing resources based on the needs of each unique person and community.

June 2024

Interest Area(s)
Cell and Molecular Biology

West Michigan

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