Jane Seymour is a second-year full-time MPH student. Originally from Randolph Center, Vermont, Jane moved to the Philadelphia area to attend Haverford College and has lived in or near the city since. In college, she studied public health, focusing her research on women’s reproductive health.
After graduation, she began work at the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a Public Health Management Corporation affiliate, as an AmeriCorps VISTA. At NNCC, Jane worked to connect Federally Qualified Health Centers serving residents of public housing with resources to encourage long-term sustainability. After her AmeriCorps year, Jane was hired to continue this work and quickly found herself wanting to further her public health education to focus on epidemiology and return to her passion for reproductive health research.
While at the University of Pennsylvania, Jane has worked in the Mixed Methods Research Lab, on a project with CPHI Fellow Dr. David Grande assessing how researchers communicate health policy research to policymakers, and as a TA for Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology where she helped to develop cases for the course. She also volunteers as a handholder and escort at Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania where she is on the Board. For her MPH Capstone project, Jane is using cohort data to understand the relationship between early-life literacy and fertility outcomes through the reproductive lifespan. Jane plans to work in research for a year after graduation while applying to PhD programs in epidemiology. As a PhD candidate Jane hopes to continue work examining social disparities in reproductive health.