We sat down with Population Health Coordinator, Marissa Slevar for our edition of Meet the Staff. Find out what Marissa does at P2 Collaborative and the adventures she gets up to outside of work!
What is your role at P² Collaborative?
I am the Population Health Coordinator. I help manage two of our largest grants: PHIP and Local IMPACT. My job is to help implement our action plans while working to coordinate efforts between our grants and other regional initiatives. This means a lot of brainstorming, collaborating, and communicating. We apply many different public health strategies in many different sectors. To help explain what I mean by that, here are a few examples of my current projects: helping collect data through surveys and focus groups for local health departments' community health assessments, collaborating with partners to improve healthy food access in low-income areas in WNY, and working with primary care practices to share best practices about diagnosing and managing prediabetes and identifying undiagnosed high blood pressure. I am also in charge of reminding everyone when it is time to eat lunch!
How long have you worked here?
I have been in my current position since February 2015. I also worked as an intern with P² in the summer-fall of 2013.
What is your favorite part about working at P²?
The best part of working at P² is the variety. I get to meet and work with a diverse group of partners and community members while implementing and supporting a variety of great population health initiatives. I get to meet a lot of people and learn all about the work in WNY.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
You can usually find me at the gym (usually spinning), at the used bookstore, on a hike, or watching Netflix and attempting to do something creative. I am always up for a new travel adventure! Recently, I've taken trips with my boyfriend to Denver, North Carolina, and LA-- and we've got more plans!
And now everyone's favorite part of Meet the Staff- tell us about your pets!
I have one cat; his name is Pawl. Yes, that is a ridiculous name for a cat and he is a ridiculous cat. He honestly acts more like a dog than a cat. He comes when you call him, begs for food, and cuddles on the couch. He has typical cat tendencies as well; his favorite past times are sitting in windows and laying on my face in the morning (and subsequently taking over my pillow).