Where are they Now?

Today, Kaitlyn Sprague works for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a Health Scientist, Policy & Issues Management.

Robert Sagastume currently works as Senior Family College Prep Program Advisor for Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund.

Linde Parcels works today at the CDC in the Center for Preparedness and Response as a Policy Advisor.

Invitation to Apply to the 2022-2023 Graduate Policy Scholars Program

Policy-interested and passionate graduate students, Clark-Fox Policy Institute and the Social Policy Institute are pleased to invite you to apply to join the 2022-2023 cohort of the  Graduate Policy Scholars Program! Spanning an academic year, the program offers graduate students a unique and highly flexible learning opportunity to build capacity for policy practice and engagement. Participants gain access to a campus-wide community of peers and exclusive learning opportunities to develop skills in research and communication, advocacy, organizing, and electoral activism.

The deadline to apply for our 2022-2023 program is September 23, 2022.

To sign up for the GPS Zoom info session on Monday, September 12, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST, click here.

Interested students should contact Gary Parker at gary.parker@wustl.edu.

We expect to notify students of their application status in early October. If you are selected for the program, a mandatory orientation and kick-off will be held in mid-October.  

Spring/Summer 2022 Semester Practicum

This practicum opportunity for this project involves using formative literature and policy review to collect local, state, and federal policy information from a variety of policy dissemination forums, translation of research findings and development of policy briefs and other forms of communication. The student will analyze policy related research and translate the research into policy briefs that provide in-depth information about the processes, facilitators, and challenges of adopting, implementing, and/or enforcing public health and social welfare policies. The following activities will need to be completed in coordination with the Clark-Fox Policy Institute Leadership team:

  • Collaborate with institute’s analysts and Brown School faculty to produce policy briefs
  • Obtain and review relevant state, county, or local public health and social welfare policies
  • Develop newsletter articles, legislative testimony, opinion pieces, letters to editor,andpress releases
  • Coordinate communications with Brown School’s External Affairs Team
  • Help maintain the institute’s website and email lists
  • Organize lectures and meetings
  • Other tasks as needed and depending on intern’s interests

Practicum Learning Objectives

  • To attain experience in collecting policy information regarding a specific public health or social work topic;
  • To strengthen data analysis skills and the ability to translate research findings in a way that is accessible, succinct and can be used to inform policymaking; and
  • To develop an understanding of national, state, and local public health and social welfare policy options and their wide-ranging impacts

Practicum Deliverables

  • Published policy briefs and other informational materials
  • Organize a panel discussion
  • Published information in Policy Institute Newsletter


  • Experience collecting information and synthesizing findings for a variety of audiences (e.g., policymakers, academics, and community members)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Interest in public health and social work policy at the national, state, and community levels

Interested students should contact Gary Parker at gary.parker@wustl.edu.