Andrea Evans, Community Health and Sustainability
“The minute I visited UMass Lowell and talked to the professors, I knew this was the program for me.”
The nursing profession runs in Andrea Evans’ family, so it seemed natural that she would pursue a career in that industry. But, after two-and-a-half years at Saint Anselm College, she realized that the clinical part of caring for people wasn’t for her. So she went on to find her passion in UMass Lowell’s Community Health and Sustainability program
Now a senior, Evans is working as an intern at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health, where she is helping to promote national campaigns aimed at keeping people healthy. She’s also gaining valuable experience that will help her be ready for the working world.
“The minute I visited UMass Lowell and talked to the professors, I knew this was the program for me,” says Evans, who is a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students. “Everyone was very supportive of me as a transfer student, helping me feel integrated and helping me find the program that was right for me. It was a huge weight lifted off of me. I really love what I’m doing now.”
Evans landed the internship with the Office on Women’s Health after meeting the regional coordinator for New England at an internship fair held at the University last spring.
Part of the job involved coordinating events in her hometown of Newburyport for National Women’s Health Week. She helped to form partnerships between the Office on Women’s Health, the YWCA and the Council on Aging in Newburyport, to organize events on nutrition and physical activity as well as provide free medical screenings to senior citizens. Evans has also presented at exhibits and on panel presentations and has reviewed grant-funding proposals during her internship.
“I feel like I've come full circle. I learned in class about the politics of healthcare, how the federal system works and how programs get funded,” she says. “I’m gaining experience working for a federal health agency and now I’m implementing health programs in my local community. It’s all extremely rewarding.”