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White House appoints Bangor native to Department of Health and Human Services as White House Fellow

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships announced the appointment the 2011-2012 Class of White House Fellows. The Fellows come from diverse backgrounds, varied professions, and all have shown a strong commitment to public service and leadership. The 2011-2012 Class of Fellows and their biographies are included below.

The White House Fellows Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to give promising American leaders “first hand, high-level experience with the workings of the Federal government, and to increase their sense of participation in national affairs.” This unique opportunity to work within our nation’s government is designed to encourage active citizenship and a lifelong commitment to service. The Fellows also take part in an education program designed to broaden their knowledge of leadership, policy formulation, and current affairs. Community service is another essential element of the program, and Fellows participate in service projects throughout the year in the Washington, DC area.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, and a proven commitment to public service. Each Fellow must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute meaningfully at senior levels in the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields, including leaders in government, business, media, medicine, education, diplomacy and the military. Additional information about the White House Fellows program is available at www.whitehouse.gov/fellows.

Elizabeth Coté, Bangor, ME. Elizabeth Coté most recently served as a resident physician in Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She completed an internship in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2010, she provided medical assistance to earthquake victims in Haiti and worked in a relief camp to deploy a mobile medical record system that tracked patients and prevented family separation. While in medical school, Elizabeth started a training program in Chennai that empowered orphanage caregivers to prevent and detect newborn disease. In 2004, she served in the Coalition Provisional Authority as a special assistant to the Iraqi Ministry of Health and volunteered at the main combat support hospital. Working at the OECD in Paris, she managed a study that compared health quality among 20 countries. As an AmeriCorps Fellow, Elizabeth established a program that linked enrollment in the school meals program with access to MassHealth. Raised in Bangor, Maine, Elizabeth earned a Foster Scholarship at Harvard Medical School (M.D. ’09) and a Zuckerman Fellowship at the John F. Kennedy School Government at Harvard University (M.P.A. ’09). She is a magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College (B.A. ’99). Placement: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Additional information:

Elizabeth’s parents Vincent and Monica Cote live in the Bangor area. Her younger brother David Cote was recently recognized as Marine of the Year. Her brother Stephen Cote runs Archventures, a Boston non-profit that renovates and rehabilitates the spaces of other non-profits critical to the city of Boston. Her sister Margaret Guimond, a Fort Kent public school French teacher and new mother who works with her husbands family on their farm raising grass-fed beef cattle for Whole Foods.

Elizabeth attended Bangor High School where teachers in the English Department, especially Deanna Jones and Bill Ames, greatly impacted her, steering her to college. She was active in St. Mary’s Catholic Parish where parishioners provided strong support for her family in tough times, and she was a Bangor Daily News paper-carrier. Elizabeth will be working in the office of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was recently named Forbes 13th most powerful woman in the world.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Elizabeth Cote MD, MPA

Telephone Number: (617)894-3154

Website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/fellows

Email: cote@post.harvard.edu