Carina Flaherty is a clinical research assistant at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Ms. Flaherty is working with Dr. Chén Kenyon to address daily controller medication adherence among children with asthma. Ms. Flaherty is a native Philadelphian and recent graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. While at Wesleyan, she studied government and East Asian studies, and ran a community opioid education and Naloxone training program through the university’s health center.
Ms. Flaherty began pursuing public health research in the summer of 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Public Health Initiatives where she studied the role of public libraries in the opioid epidemic. She has previously worked for Community Health Center, The Free Library of Philadelphia, New York City Council and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Growing up in the Philadelphia public school system where nurses and counselors were scarce and deteriorating buildings posed significant health hazards, Ms. Flaherty is passionate about investing in public education to improve children’s health and well-being. She is excited to work toward improving population health in her hometown and hopes to use research to advocate for effective local policies. Ms. Flaherty enjoys running and cooking in her free time.