Recent social work/public health graduates join Jewish Healthcare Foundation
Kylea Covaleski, MPH, MSW, is a Program Assistant primarily focused on Senior Connections. Previously she worked as a program coordinator for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project at the University of Pittsburgh, as a graduate research assistant in adolescent behavioral health, and as a patient care technician at UPMC. While finishing her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Covaleski was a Juanita C. Evans Fellow, receiving comprehensive training to prepare future social work and public health leaders. She is a graduate of two of JHF's Fellowships — Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Technology, and a former JHF summer intern. She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and dual master's in Public Health and Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.
Rachel Schaffer, MPH, MSW, is a Program Associate working with the HIV/AIDS team to support sub-recipients of all Commonwealth program grants and Minority AIDS Initiative grants. As such, she assists in research, planning, evaluation, and reporting on the Ryan White Law and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) policies, the Southwest PA Regional HIV Needs Assessment, and agency outcome measures for the Commonwealth program. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a master's degree in Social Work, with a focus on community organizing and social administration, and a master's degree in Public Health, with a focus on behavioral and community health. Schaffer has worked as an HIV tester and counselor at a non-profit agency and was also a suicide prevention counselor for a national, non-profit organization. During her graduate studies, she interned at the Hillel Jewish Community Center and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.