Elena Rosenberg-Carlson, MPH, is a Public Administration Analyst with the Administrative Core at UCLA CHIPTS. She currently provides project management and analytical support for three CHIPTS projects dedicated to enhancing the implementation science knowledge necessary for Ending the HIV Epidemic. Elena recently returned to her home state of California after 11 wonderful (and chilly!) years in the Upper Midwest, and she is delighted to be part of the CHIPTS team.

After receiving her BA from Carleton College, Elena volunteered as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Allina Health in Minnesota. Her role was dedicated to supporting programs that aimed to improve community health and address health disparities. In her VISTA position, she also had the privilege of being part of the research staff for a community-based participatory research project in South Minneapolis, igniting her interest in health disparities research. She continued supporting this project as a research assistant during graduate school at the University of Michigan, where she additionally worked as a health promotion specialist for the University Health Service and facilitated a graduate-level intergroup dialogue course on race, health, and socio-economic status. Elena completed her master’s internship with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she was primarily dedicated to supporting HIV prevention planning for the jurisdiction.

After receiving her MPH, Elena worked for the Infectious Disease Division at the Minnesota Department of Health. She started as a health educator and communications specialist and later moved into a senior planner role. As a senior planner, she led outreach and communications efforts for Minnesota’s immunization information system, and she provided project management, strategic planning, evaluation, and quality improvement support for various activities within the Vaccine-Preventable Disease Section. She is excited to return to the world of HIV, put her passion for health disparities research to good use, and learn from her incredibly knowledgeable and committed colleagues as a new CHIPTS staff.

In her spare time, Elena enjoys singing, dancing, exploring new foods, hiking, and spending time with friends and family. While implementing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, her nights are occupied by reading the news, video chatting, and watching Schitt’s Creek with her partner, Matt, and their dog-daughter, Stella.

Each month, we’re featuring a member of our CHIPTS family and their work! To see past spotlights, check them out on the spotlights page  and make sure to check back to see who we feature next!