What is Delta Omega?
The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University within the School of Hygiene and Public Health to promote the graduate study of public health, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the new field. Click here for information on the history of Delta Omega.
Members are inducted to the chapter through a highly-selective process that assesses their outstanding performance and devotion to the field. To maintain the credibility of this prestigious society, chapters are limited in the number of members they may induct each year.
Chapter Officers 2020-2022
Kelsey Irvine, MPH, CPH
DO Title: Chapter President
Graduating Year: 2016 (Health Promotion)
Kelsey Irvine graduated with her MPH (concentration in health promotion) from UNMC in 2016. Prior to pursuing her masters degree she completed a BS in Developmental Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. While completing her masters degree, Kelsey worked as a program assistant for the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH), a NIOSH funded agricultural safety and health center housed in the College of Public Health. Through her work with the CS-CASH she completed her final capstone project researching and developing a safety guide for tribal bison herders. Since graduating, Kelsey spent 5 years with the Panhandle Public Health Department in rural Nebraska as their community health planner and performance improvement coordinator. During her time with PPHD she completed community health assessments, facilitated community health planning, and worked on evaluation and performance management for the health district and community partners. Kelsey recently returned to the Omaha area and currently stays home full-time with her infant daughter.
Kelly Erickson, MPH
DO Title: President-Elect
Graduating Year: 2014 (Epidemiology)
Kelly Erickson graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2009 with majors in Biology and French and a minor in Chemistry. In 2014, she graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. In the years after graduating with her MPH, she has been doing mostly pediatric clinical research in various areas, such as cardiology, infectious disease, radiology and others. Kelly really enjoys this research and believes it will have a positive impact on clinical outcomes for patients in the future.
DO Title: Member at Large
Graduating Year: 2016
Ami Sedani is currently a doctoral candidate in the epidemiology concentration at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her research interests are in chronic disease etiology and subsequently prevention/early detection, as well as the utilization of geographic information system (GIS) in epidemiologic studies. Her research has involved studying risk factors for chronic diseases including lifestyle factors and health disparities. This research spans international and domestic settings, as well as at the state and local government level. She earned her MPH with a concentration in epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2016, and her BS in Biology from Arizona State University in 2013. During her MPH she was a nutrition educator for AmeriCorps in partnership with Nebraska Extension, interned at the Douglas County Health Department, and participated in the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) program which allowed her to complete her capstone project in Tanzania. After completion of her MPH, she became a chronic disease epidemiologist at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, where she was the sole epidemiologist on a team of ten for two multimillion-dollar grants from four CDC divisions covering heart disease and stroke, diabetes, school health and nutrition and physical activity.
Kelli Gribben, MPH
DO Title: Member at Large
Graduating Year: MPH in 2011, PhD Anticipated in 2021
Kelli Gribben graduated with her MPH from UNMC in 2014, and is currently pursuing her PhD. Kelli knew she wanted to help people and was interested in science and health from a young age. She learned about epidemiology as an undergraduate biology major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This was a defining moment in which she saw how her interests could become a career. As an MPH Epi student at the UNMC College of Public Health, she learned the fundamental concepts and skills she would need to be a successful epidemiologist in public health practice and learned about the research process. She went on to work as a CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow at the state health department in Denver, Colorado. Through this valuable experience she contributed to several programs under the mentorship of a CDC state-assigned epidemiologist and was exposed to several different topic areas, mainly chronic disease and oral health epidemiology. Kelli returned to Omaha and worked at a local research institution before returning to UNMC in 2017 to pursue her doctoral degree. Throughout her time as a doctoral student she has worked as a graduate assistant on emergency preparedness projects and courses. Her dissertation research investigates genetic and environmental factors related to adult asthma and other respiratory diseases. Kelli plans to pursue a career in public health research and education.