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  • Just the FAQs! Updates and Answers to Common Questions about Contracting with VHA - February 4

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/04/2019

    This webinar will provide an update on VA Contracting Changes and Navigating the VA Contracting Resources available on the VA Contracting website.

    This webinar will provide an update on VA Contracting Changes and Navigating the VA Contracting Resources available on the Office of Academic Affiliation website for contracting with the VA.  Caroline Peabody will address sole source contracting, updates to VA policies and some new contracting items that will help ease the contracting process.  VA’s OAA will be online to provide additional information about VA affiliation and the resources available on the Office of Academic Affiliation website that will help make contracting easier.

    Q&A to follow.

    Caroline Peabody

    Senior Procurement Analyst-Principal Negotiator, VA Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Caroline Peabody is a FAC-C Level III certified Senior Procurement Analyst with over 15 years’ experience in various senior contacting roles with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Health Administration. She currently works as a Principal Negotiator with the Medical Sharing Affiliate Office where she is responsible for leading VHA sole source negotiations with affiliates. In her previous position with MSO, she established VHA’s Healthcare Contracting Training Program supporting COs, CORs, facility, VISN and VHA leadership.  In that role she completed the development,  instructional design and content of three resident courses and over twenty web-based training classes.  She has authored numerous VHA healthcare contracting publications including The VHA Affiliate Guide to Health-Care Contracting, The Healthcare Contracting Planning Guide for Acquisition Teams and healthcare contract planning templates used by over 3000 contacting, VISN and VA facility staff.  

    From 2008-2011 she also worked for the Army and San Diego City College as adjunct Professor of Finance. During her tenure, she delivered financial management classes to over 10,000 soldiers. Before joining the VA, she managed her own business for almost a decade supporting military friendly vendors in achieving contracts with the DoD and other federal agencies. She has been recognized by the VA and DoD for her work on behalf of soldiers and veterans being awarded The Army’s Patriotic Civilian Service Award, National Military Family Association’s Very Important Patriot Award and the DoD’s Seven Seals Award.  She is a graduate of the VA Acquisition Academy’s Senior Acquisition Leadership Training Program, holds an BA in Sociology and a Master’s in Organizational Management. 

    Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE

    Director, Medical and Dental Education, Office of Academic Affiliations, Veterans Health Administration

    Monica Lypson, MD, MHPE is the Director of Medical and Dental Education for the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she provides leadership, oversight, and coordination for VA's graduate and undergraduate medical and dental education program. Dr. Lypson is a board-certified general internist with significant leadership experience in clinical, educational, and administrative arenas. She has served as the Associate as well as Acting Chief of Staff at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System; in addition to Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Standardized Patient Program and Communication Skills Faculty Director and the Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Career Development at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a clinician educator and has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier medical education journals in the areas of veteran centered education, resident assessment, communication skills, cultural competency education and faculty development. Dr. Lypson has held many national roles focused on health professions education, including with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. As a medical education leader in administrative, organizational and professional matters and executive coach; she has mentored faculty, staff as well as peers in various specialties and administrative areas.

    Dr. Lypson graduated from Brown University and received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her graduate medical training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Internal Medicine - Primary Care. Subsequently, Dr. Lypson completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Chicago and a master’s in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University.  Most recently she was selected for the 2018 class of the  Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship.

    As a strategic, visionary thinker, Dr. Lypson inspires all people, at all levels, to meet their goals and optimize their full potential. Dr. Lypson continues to strive for wellness and work life balance. She has written on the topic of physician marriages especially in academic medicine and is the wife of Dr. Andrew D. Campbell, a pediatric hematologist oncologist, and a mother of two young children.

  • Understanding Unconscious Bias in the Health Professions and How to Mitigate It - January 30

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This AAMC webinar is hosted by the Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) Professional Development Subcommittee.

    This AAMC webinar, hosted by the Group on Institutional Planning (GIP) Professional Development Subcommittee, will focus on training in the following areas:
    • Understanding the filters through which one views and interprets oneself and others;
    • Identifying patterns in ourselves for evaluating, assessing, and working with other people; and 
    • Mitigating bias to improve individual and collective decision-making abilities by recognizing when bias may be playing a negative role. 

    Speaker:
    Diana Lautenberger
    Director of Faculty and Staff Studies and Services 
    Association of American Medical Colleges

  • The Medicare Shared Savings Program “Pathways to Success” ACO Final Rule - January 28

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    During this 60-minute webinar, AAMC staff will present on the provisions from CMS’s “Pathways to Success” final rule redesigning the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Medicare’s flagship program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

    During this 60-minute webinar, AAMC staff will present on the provisions from CMS’s “Pathways to Success” final rule redesigning the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Medicare’s flagship program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Topics covered will include changes to the program’s risk tracks, participation options for ACOs based upon fee-for-service revenue and prior experience in the program, changes to the benchmark methodology and risk adjustment, and expanding opportunities for ACOs to use of telehealth and the 3-Day SNF Rule waiver. 

    Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions once the presentation has concluded. 

    **CMS DEADLINE JANUARY 18th** 
    All organizations who intend to apply for the ACO program agreements beginning July 1, 2019 must complete the Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) by January 18, 2019. This includes ACOs under current agreements who wish to begin participating in SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver beginning July 1st or create a Beneficiary Incentive Program beginning July 1st. Details about the NOIA process can be found here. Please feel free to reach out to Phoebe Ramsey if you have any questions about this deadline.

    Phoebe Ramsey

    Senior Regulator Analyst - Quality & Payment Policy
    AAMC

    Gayle Lee

    Director - Physician Payment & Quality
    AAMC

  • Navigating the 2019 MD-PhD Admissions Cycle with the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool - January 30

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This webinar is specifically focused on helping the MD-PhD community in navigating the changes in the admissions process and to get a better understanding of the new tools and reports being developed in AMCAS.

    MD-PhD Program Directors and Administrators: 

    Please join your colleagues and leadership of the AAMC Ad Hoc Working Group on Admissions Tools and Resources for a webinar specifically focused on helping the MD-PhD community in navigating the changes in the admissions process and to get a better understanding of the new tools and reports being developed in AMCAS.  

    During this 60-minute webinar, representatives from MD-PhD programs will discuss how they adapted admissions processes for the 2019 application cycle and will share how they plan on using the new tool to support their admission practices. Panelists will also share what resources and partnerships were used to adapt their admissions processes for the upcoming cycle.  By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool and discuss potential resources that can assist in revising their admission practices.

    Christopher Kontos, MD

    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
    Duke University School of Medicine

    Barbara Kazmierczak, PhD, MD

    Director, MD-PhD Program, Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis
    Yale University

    Joe Barbieri, PhD

    Director, Medical Scientist Training Program, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
    Medical College of Wisconsin 

    Christine Cooney

    AMCAS Outreach and Engagement Director
    Association of American Medical Colleges

    Patrick Fritz

    Senior Director, AMCAS
    Association of American Medical College

    Doug Taylor (co-chair Ad Hoc Working Group on Admissions Tools and Resources)

    Associate Dean for Student Services, Admissions and Records
    ETSU Quillen College of Medicine

    Theodore R. Hall, MD

    Associate Dean for Admissions
    University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

  • Open Science by Design - January 14

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/14/2019

    This webinar will review key findings from the 2018 National Academies report “Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research” and focus on the implementation of two essential recommendations.

    Please register to view the recording.

    The 2018 National Academies report “Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research” discusses the global research enterprise and the movement of its stakeholders towards a new open science ecosystem. The report probes the motivations and limitations of allowing free access to scholarly publications, the data from scholarly research, and the methodologies, including code or algorithms that were used to generate those data. Openness and sharing of information are the critical factors that enable scientific progress and the effective functioning of the research enterprise. 

    Please join study director Tom Arrison in the third interactive webinar in the series as he reviews the key report findings and focuses on the implementation of two essential recommendations: 1) creating a culture that actively supports open science and 2) training students and other researchers to implement open science practices effectively. This webinar will also feature examples of institutional implementation of these two recommendations.

    Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenters and other participants during the presentation.

    Speaker:

    Tom Arrison
    Program Director; Development, Security, and Cooperation; Policy and Global Affairs
    NASEM

    This is the third part of the series “The Impact and Implementation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2018 Reports on the Biomedical and Medical Workforce.” If you would like information on the full series, please click here.

    Tom Arrison

    Program Director; Development, Security, and Cooperation; Policy and Global Affairs; NASEM

    Tom Arrison is a program director in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Since joining NASEM in 1990, he has directed a range of studies and activities in areas such as research integrity, open science, international science and technology relations, innovation, information technology, higher education, and strengthening the U.S. research enterprise. Arrison earned MAs in public policy and Asian studies from the University of Michigan.

  • Part II: Steps to Success with the SHPEP Application - January 3

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    The SHPEP application recently opened on December 1st and the completion process is underway for potential SHPEP applicants. Join the SHPEP webinar, part two series and hear the important steps students need to take in order to successfully complete the SHPEP application.

    The SHPEP application recently opened on December 1st and the completion process is underway for potential SHPEP applicants. Join the SHPEP webinar, part two series and hear the important steps students need to take in order to successfully complete the SHPEP application.The National Program Office (NPO) will offer tips for completing the personal statement and obtaining the best recommendation letter.  Attendees also hear directly from SHPEP alumni about the application process. 

    Join the webinar and get equipped to submit a stellar application and hear what happens next after applicants hit the submit button!  There will also be a live Q&A forum for webinar attendees to join.

  • Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century - December 17

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/17/2018

    The 2018 NASEM report ‘Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century’ explores how well the current US STEM graduate education system is meeting the full array of scientific needs in the 21st century.

    Please register to view the recording.

    The 2018 National Academies report “Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century” explores how well the current US STEM graduate education system is meeting the full array of scientific needs in the 21st century. This report analyzes factors that have affected the training of scientists:

    • How innovations in research methods and technologies have changes
    • Changes in the nature of STEM work 
    • Shifts in demographics
    • Expansions in the scope of occupations needing STEM expertise

    Please join study director Layne Scherer as she further summarizes the key findings of the report and focuses on the implementation of two essential recommendations: 1) creating an incentive structure that supports quality mentoring and 2) building an institutional culture that values a full array of careers in the biomedical workforce. This webinar will also feature examples of institutional implementation of these two recommendations from Indiana University School of Medicine and University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences with the presenters and with each other throughout the presentation.

    Speaker: 

    Layne Scherer
    Program Officer; Board on Higher Education and Workforce
    NASEM

    This is the second part of the series “The Impact and Implementation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2018 Reports on the Biomedical and Medical Workforce.” If you would like information on the full series, please click here.

    Layne Scherer

    Program Officer; Board on Higher Education and Workforce; NASEM

    Layne Scherer served as the study director for the Committee on Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century and is a program officer with the Board on Higher Education and Workforce at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the National Academies, Scherer was a science assistant at the National Science Foundation with the office of the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources and served as an executive secretary under the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education. Scherer earned her master’s of public policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, with a focus on education policy, nonprofit management, and quantitative analysis.

  • Part I: SHPEP Kickoff Webinar- An Inside Look into the Summer Health Professions Education Program - December 6

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Preparing Students for a Seamless and Successful SHPEP Application Process

    Are you interested in applying for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)?  Join the kick-off SHPEP webinar to hear about the free, educational opportunities and resources the program has to offer, directly from past scholars and alumni themselves.  You’ll also receive the best tips and tools for a successful 2019 SHPEP application.  

    This webinar event is your first step towards jumpstarting your career in the health professions!  SHPEP is a summer career-enrichment opportunity that lasts a lifetime.

    • Lauren Jordan attended SHPEP in 2018 at the University of Louisville.

    Ms. Jordan is currently a junior at St. John’s University in Queens, New York where she is expected to earn her bachelor’s in psychology in the Spring of 2020.

    Ms. Jordan’s interest in preventative healthcare was ignited during a pre-med student internship in Ahmedabad, India. Disturbed by the alarming number of health challenges faced by individuals of underserved communities, she is committed to being the change agent that improves the inequitable deliverance of healthcare in today’s society.  It was not until Ms. Jordan’s completion of SHPEP, that it became quite clear how she planned to fulfill her intentions in healthcare.

    Ms. Jordan transitioned her career plans from medicine to dentistry after her intense six-week experience in SHPEP. After leaving Louisville, she immediately solidified her decision by continuing to shadow in different dental specialties. She currently shadows and volunteers at a Dental office in New York. Upon graduation, Ms. Jordan plans to attend Dental school and provide dental care in underserved communities.

    • Shauntel Thomas attended SHPEP this past summer at the University of Washington- Seattle Campus. 

    She is currently studying Public Health with an emphasis in pre-medicine. She plans to work towards a MD/MPH after completion of her undergraduate year.

    SHPEP inspired her to pursue medicine to bridge the gap between Public Health and Medicine with an Indigenous perspective. She is passionate about both public health and medicine and with knowledge in both fields, she hopes to go back to her reservation and serve her Navajo people and their communities. 

    • Karen Morris-Priester, M.D. attended MMEP in 2001 at Yale University and later graduated from Yale University Medical School in 2007.

    She is an anesthesiologist practicing in Allentown, Penn. Dr. Morris-Priester gained national attention in 2007 when she appeared as a guest on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” where Ms. Winfrey recognized her for completing medical school as a single mother of five children and as the first grandmother to attend Yale School of Medicine.

    Since then, Dr. Morris-Priester has traveled the country as a motivational speaker encouraging her audiences to follow their dreams. She also acts as a mentor to young people who aspire to become physicians. Serving as Chair of the alumni advisory board, Dr. Morris-Priester hopes to use her time to develop a process that will allow alumni to reach back to assist current participants in their journey to becoming aspiring physicians.

    • Andy Tang attended SMDEP in 2010 at the University of Washington.

    Mr. Tang received a Bachelor of Science in biology and environmental health from the University of Washington in 2014. He is currently a research scientist in the Department of Radiology, Body Imaging Section at UW Medicine where he participates in ontological imaging research and provides tumor response assessments for patients enrolled in clinical trials.

    “My personal commitment to serve on the SHPEP National Advisory Alumni Board is grounded in the belief of improving the health and well-being of medically underserved patients and communities. Our pursuit of this goal may be met by establishing a culture of health through the alignment of a diverse, inclusive, inter-professional team that informs and improves high quality patient, family, and community centered care. As such, I believe the educational pipeline through SHPEP and engagement of our alumni is critical to achieving this goal. Serving on the Alumni Board propagates my passion of reducing health and health care disparities, ensuring that the doors to medicine are wide open to those marginalized and those working towards reducing health and social inequities in health care delivery systems.”

    • Rosemary Vergara attended SMDEP in 2014 at the University of California Los Angeles.

    Ms. Vergara describes her experience in the program as, “a life-changing experience that really motivated [her] to envision a career in medicine.”

    Ms. Vergara grew up in the Bay Area in California. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Science in biology with a double minor in biotechnology and public health science at Santa Clara University. After graduation, she had the amazing opportunity to join a lab at the Stanford University School of Medicine as a Life Science Research Professional.

    Ms. Vergara currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for MiMentor and has volunteered in K-12 Outreach with Latinas in STEM. She has also worked as an Emergency Department scribe and serves as a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar. Her role models include her parents and her little sister. In the future, she plans to attend medical school and work in an underserved community.

    • Stephanie Vink has been working for SHPEP (formally known as SMDEP) since 2013. 

    Ms. Vink recently transitioned and was promoted to the role of program specialist earlier this year. Ms. Vink has extensive knowledge of program operations, policies, and the overall application process.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiotherapy at the University of California, Long Beach in 2009. Ms. Vink is responsible for supporting the centralized application service from testing enhancements to SHPEP Web applications, troubleshooting, to the Web application system. She also maintains the SHPEP social media channels, assists with onboarding of new SHPEP Ambassadors and other outreach initiatives. Ms. Vink’s passion is focused upon helping others, whether it be through therapy, customer service, or supporting the career pathway of aspiring healthcare professionals. 

    • Chantez Bailey has served as the Senior Communications and Outreach Specialist for the SHPEP initiative since 2016. 

    Ms. Bailey works to increase visibility and awareness of the initiative to potential applicants throughout the year.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2007.  Her passion has always been non-profit outreach and engagement, which is evident with the great amount of nonprofit outreach and work experience she has obtained since 2011.  She also currently works with the SHPEP alumni advisory board to create educational resources and opportunities for past alumni of the SHPEP, SMDEP, SMEP and MMEP iterations of the program.

  • FPSC Webinar: 2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule - December 6

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please join the AAMC-Vizient Faculty Practice Solutions Center (FPSC) for a webinar discussing the Medicare Quality Payment Program Final Rule.

    Please join the AAMC-Vizient Faculty Practice Solutions Center (FPSC) for a webinar discussing the Medicare Quality Payment Program Final Rule.

    During this 60 minute webinar, AAMC and Vizient staff will present on physician quality provisions from CMS’s 2019 Quality Payment Program final rule.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions once the presentations have concluded.

    Gayle Lee, JD
    Director, Physician Payment & Quality
     
    Gayle Lee is the Director of Physician Payment Policy and Quality at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Ms. Lee has an expansive background in health care law, regulation, advocacy, and policy. She is responsible for educating and advocating on federal regulations and policies that impact teaching hospitals and physicians.  Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Lee served as Senior Director of Health Finance and Quality at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) where her key areas of responsibility involved Medicare, Medicaid, HIPAA and health care reform regulations impacting rehabilitation. Before APTA, Ms. Lee was the Assistant Counsel and Policy Coordinator at the American Rehabilitation Association where she worked on issues that affected rehabilitation hospitals and units.   
    Ms. Lee received her law degree at the Washington College of Law at the American University DC and completed her undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University located in University Park, Pennsylvania.

    Kate Ogden, MPH
    Policy & Regulatory Analyst

    Kate Ogden is a Policy & Regulatory Analyst focusing on physician payment & quality at the Association of American Medical Colleges. At the AAMC, Ms. Ogden analyzes and advocates on a wide range of physician payment and quality federal regulatory issues impacting academic medical centers and faculty practices. Prior to joining the AAMC, Ms. Ogden was Health Policy Associate at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she advocated for members on health care payment policies. Ms. Ogden holds a master's degree in public health from Drexel University.

    Chelsea Arnone
    Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations Director

    Chelsea Arnone is the Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations Director in Vizient’s Washington, DC office. She joined the Public Policy team in 2016 after serving as the regulatory and policy director at a DC-based health care consulting firm. Chelsea has also previously worked in the House of Representatives and consulted for several U.S. Senate, House and Gubernatorial campaigns. Before coming to Washington, Chelsea worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a legislative aide. She attended West Chester University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

  • FPSC Webinar: 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule - December 3

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please join the AAMC-Vizient Faculty Practice Solutions Center (FPSC) for a webinar discussing the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

    Please join the AAMC-Vizient Faculty Practice Solutions Center (FPSC) for a webinar discussing the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

    During this 60 minute webinar, AAMC and Vizient staff will present on physician payment provisions from CMS’s 2019 Physician Fee Schedule final rule.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions once the presentations have concluded.

    Gayle Lee, JD
    Director, Physician Payment & Quality
     
    Gayle Lee is the Director of Physician Payment Policy and Quality at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Ms. Lee has an expansive background in health care law, regulation, advocacy, and policy. She is responsible for educating and advocating on federal regulations and policies that impact teaching hospitals and physicians.  Prior to joining AAMC, Ms. Lee served as Senior Director of Health Finance and Quality at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) where her key areas of responsibility involved Medicare, Medicaid, HIPAA and health care reform regulations impacting rehabilitation. Before APTA, Ms. Lee was the Assistant Counsel and Policy Coordinator at the American Rehabilitation Association where she worked on issues that affected rehabilitation hospitals and units.   
    Ms. Lee received her law degree at the Washington College of Law at the American University DC and completed her undergraduate work at Pennsylvania State University located in University Park, Pennsylvania.

    Kate Ogden, MPH
    Policy & Regulatory Analyst

    Kate Ogden is a Policy & Regulatory Analyst focusing on physician payment & quality at the Association of American Medical Colleges. At the AAMC, Ms. Ogden analyzes and advocates on a wide range of physician payment and quality federal regulatory issues impacting academic medical centers and faculty practices. Prior to joining the AAMC, Ms. Ogden was Health Policy Associate at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she advocated for members on health care payment policies. Ms. Ogden holds a master's degree in public health from Drexel University.

    Dave Troland
    Ambulatory and Physician Analytical Director

    Mr. Troland is responsible for overseeing and producing analytic output primarily related to the Vizient-AAMC Faculty Practice Solutions Center®, the RVU Benchmarking process, and analysis relating to changes in healthcare policy. With seventeen years of experience in clinical benchmarking and support for faculty productivity concerns, and an earlier career supporting financial system IT, he has collected considerable experience to assist the academic medicine community with comparative data and analytics.

    Chelsea Arnone
    Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations Director

    Chelsea Arnone is the Regulatory Affairs and Government Relations Director in Vizient’s Washington, DC office. She joined the Public Policy team in 2016 after serving as the regulatory and policy director at a DC-based health care consulting firm. Chelsea has also previously worked in the House of Representatives and consulted for several U.S. Senate, House and Gubernatorial campaigns. Before coming to Washington, Chelsea worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as a legislative aide. She attended West Chester University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.