Shanā McClendon MPH Candidate 2012, Health Policy, George Washington University

Shanā McClendon is a California native who graduated from The University of Southern California. While at USC Shanā was a contributing author for school publications such as Black Voices and The Upsilon Informer. Ms. McClendon was also an executive board member of The Ajani Higher Education Initiative, which offered college scholarships to graduating high school girls.

As a student trainer for the USC Athletic Department, Shanā worked with athletic trainers, physicians and athletes to prevent and treat athletic injuries as well as facilitate rehabilitation regiments. While volunteering for the non-profit organization Remote Area Medical, she assisted in providing free health care for hundreds of uninsured individuals in and around the Los Angeles area. Shanā was primarily responsible for coordinating and conducting vision exams along with distributing prescription eyeglasses.

After working in Corporate America, Shanā returned to academia to pursue her Master of Public Health on the Health Policy track at The George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services. She currently, volunteers with the Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES) at The George Washington University and is currently one of the first editors for the school’s student health policy news source, The Intersection.

The Intersection is a newspaper founded on the campus of The George Washington University and is the university’s first-ever health policy news source written by students for students.