Blen Asres brings her passion for policies advancing health equity to her work with WHG’s diverse array of clients. She prepares analysis of grant and nomination opportunities along with memos regarding recent health policy developments, such as new legislation and regulations.
Prior to joining WHG, Blen served as a health policy intern for the Health Resources and Services Administration where she wrote a report on the importance of health workforce diversity. Additionally, Blen interned with the Office of Inspector General in the Office of Evaluation and Inspection where she conducted research on NIH’s system for evaluating inclusion enrollment plans during the pre-approval process for extramural grants for phase 3 clinical trials.
Blen holds a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Maryland. She conducted her senior thesis on the correlation between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and cardiovascular disease with a focus on public health interventions at the level of the healthcare system, school system, and family unit. Following her Fall internship with Wynne, Blen hopes to pursue a Spring internship with a think tank, physician group, health plan, or congressional committee. Blen holds a membership with the DC Society of Young Health Professionals and currently lives in Columbia, MD.