Sarah Egan, MPH

Senior Research Assistant



2012, MPH, Master of Public Health, Oregon State University
2009, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Portland State University


Research Interests

Health Disparities
Sexual and Reproductive Health
Women’s Health
International Health


Current Research Project

I am working on the Astoria Women’s Heart Health Initiative, which is a pilot study on heart disease prevention in Clatsop County, Oregon. Our team has just completed our first health fair, in which we enrolled over 300 women into the study. We plan to have a second health fair in early April, and I am coordinating all health fair logistics and recruiting participants.


Academic Experience

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Portland, Oregon, April–June 2012
Organized and oversaw the 2nd Annual THRIVE Conference in Portland, Oregon. The primary purpose of this weeklong conference is to enhance the health and well being of American Indian/Alaska Native youth. Topics covered during the conference included alcohol and drug prevention, healthy relationships, and suicide prevention. The youth were allowed to participate in a variety of workshops that involved digital storytelling, art, and film production, including the filming of a SAMHSA Public Service Announcement.

Portland State University: Global Aging and Health: Enhancing Communities in Nicaragua, June 2009
Planned and implemented three health fairs for elders of rural Nicaragua, arranged and participated in health awareness community events at schools, social clubs and elder homes. Our group created and disseminated health promotion materials to rural and urban communities in Nicaragua. We also held meetings with local government officials to increase awareness and foster dialogue about aging and health.

Portland State University, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, 2009. Research Project: The Lents International Farmer’s Market: A Case and Comparative Study
In the summer of 2009, I completed a case study of the Lents International Farmer’s Market, which included conducting personal interviews, creating and collecting customer surveys, and visiting several farms. I discovered both challenges and opportunities of sustaining the market, and delivered feedback to the market manager of my findings.


Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association, 2010-present