Sarah Vivo Alumni Career Profile

Alumni Career Profile: Sarah Vivo

BS in Health Services Management, 2016
Current Title: Program Manager, Mission Delivery
Current Employer: American Cancer Society

Sarah was working with patients in the hospital setting, but believed that real healing required more than tests and prescriptions. That’s ultimately why she chose the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management (BSHSM) program at IUPUI. She wanted a degree that would incorporate management within the entire healthcare sector, and knew the BSHSM program at the Fairbanks School of Public Health offered that.

 What Sarah didn’t know before choosing to study Health Services Management was how many resources she would gain along the way. “While at IUPUI, I learned a lot about finding resources, such as the library, online systems, professors and even other students to enhance my learning experience.”

Sarah said she uses her Health Services Management education in her current job, which is also the first job she began after graduating. In fact, two of the largest parts of her job are people management and program management. 

Because Sarah has so many volunteers and programs to manage, she uses critical thinking, communication and goal-setting skills on a daily basis. 

“I manage several programs that assist and impact the everyday lives of cancer patients in central and southern Indiana. Most of these programs require volunteers to be successful, so I currently manage over 300 volunteers!”

My overall understanding of public health and healthcare is an asset. I interact with many different organizations in the healthcare sector.  

Sarah really enjoys working in the health-related nonprofit sector, providing important supportive services that complement the traditional "diagnosis and treatment" side of medicine. Though she enjoys her current role, Sarah is excited about what’s to come.

 “I'd like to continue my career with a nonprofit, hopefully expanding health programs and services that serve my fellow Hoosiers.”

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