Moving NYC Forward

February: Healthcare

This February we are highlighting YPs working in healthcare.

Congratulations to our February Spotlights of the Month Loren Avellino, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Maya Kaufman, Crain’s New York Business!

Loren Avellino

Manager of Community Affairs
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
How did you get to where you are today?

As a first-generation Italian-American, I owe a great deal of credit to my parents for instilling a strong work ethic in me and ensuring that I had not just a well-rounded education, but also that I got to experience a lot of the cultural diversity of NYC.

What are you most proud of?

As a Brooklynite, I feel very fortunate that I get to contribute to improving the health outcomes of my own community in areas I care deeply about like food security, parent/child health, and equitable access to care. Another achievement I am proud of is being selected for the inaugural REACH (Responding to Epidemics and Crises in Health) Fellowship in at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. It has been an amazing and enlightening experience examining the community role in crisis response.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in your field?

Our city has thousands of amazing non-profits, health, and community-based organizations. I recommend volunteering with organizations that are committed to serving populations or causes you care deeply about, and work on building meaningful connections at those institutions.

When did you realize that you are a New Yorker?

This is a hard one. I would say that summers spent at Coney Island Beach, trips with my mom to Broadway musicals or the Museum of Natural History, or my first slice of pizza could all mark moments in my childhood when I realized I was a New Yorker, and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything!

Maya Kaufman

Health Care Reporter
Crain’s New York Business
How did you get to where you are today?

Writing, writing, more writing and a lot of listening. A reporter has to be an excellent communicator and an excellent listener.

What are you most proud of?

With every day I’m growing as a reporter and continuing to advance my expertise. I look back at old stories and see how I’ve matured in my career. I’m proud of my commitment to growth because it means every day I’m better and better at serving my readers and the public interest. That’s ultimately what journalism is about.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in your field?

Spend every day proving your commitment to accuracy and integrity to your readers, your sources, and your colleagues.

When did you realize that you are a New Yorker?

I’m a native New Yorker, but I feel like I only fully embodied that identity after having lived in three different boroughs. I think a large part of being a New Yorker is walking by some place and saying “I remember when that used to be…” You carry those memories of bygone, beloved locales with you.

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