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Olivia M. McCoy

Olivia M. McCoy

Information Specialist

University of Kentucky Office of Public Relations

Lexington, KY

After completing my undergraduate studies I began developing my public relations instincts and forming long term career goals. After working in healthcare administration and healthcare public relations I decided to pursue public health education; in June 2016 I began pursuing my Masters in Public Health.

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The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. -FDR
My dream job would be director of a federal public health organization like the CDC, NIMH or Department of Health and Human Services. I want to help create policies and implement measures that provides citizens equal access to tools and services to live healthier, happier lives.

University of Kentucky

Bachelor of Arts, Communication

My focus was in Digital and Mass Communication. I learned to communicate with large groups through presentations, traditional media like television and news as well as social media.

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Education

University of Kentucky

Master of Public Health, Population Health Policy and Management

I'm currently pursuing my Masters in Public Health with a focus in Health Policy and Management.

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Education

University of Kentucky Office of Public Relations and Marketing

Information Specialist

I produce news releases, feature stories and advisories for the Hospital Volunteer Office; UK Arts in HealthCare program; College of Dentistry; College of Medicine Student Affairs; University Health Service; Department of Psychiatry; and Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. I also manage the university's Twitter account and work with a team to develop social media strategy.

Graphic Design Work
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Mental Health & First Responders

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ASK About Gun Safety

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Knee and Hip Joint Pain

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Growth of Alzheimer's Diagnosis

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Normal Aging vs. Alzheimer's

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Preventing Antibiotic Resistance

Markey Cancer Center

Administrative Support Associate

I had the opportunity to organize and execute the second annual survivor celebration hosted by the Markey Cancer Center. It was a unique and rewarding experience to plan an event as large as this one and see the people whose lives are changed everyday by the work done here. It gave me the chance to see how my position fits into the overall mission of the cancer center. I enjoyed writing correspondence emails and had the opportunity to become better acquainted with Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Photoshop while working on promotional materials.

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Career

University of Kentucky Office of Public Relations

Social Media Intern

Writing press releases and articles on topics I feel passionately about was my favorite aspect of my internship with UK PR. During Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) I asked for the opportunity to write an article about mental health and to discuss the resources available to University of Kentucky students. I was able to develop my interviewing skills while interviewing the Clinical Director of University Health Service, Dr. Ann Hays Additionally, I was responsible for managing Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr.

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Blue Grass Community Foundation

Media Relations Intern

My favorite task I completed during this internship was writing emails, Facebook and Twitter posts for the social media toolkit provided to the 155 non-profit organizations who participated in the 2014 GoodGiving Guide Challenge. It was incredibly rewarding to see those same materials used by the organizations who participated in the event, whom I supported. Additionally I managed Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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University of Kentucky Writing Center

Undergraduate Peer Consultant

Assisting in the development of the writing skills of others helped me develop my own. International Conversation Hour allowed me to learn about differently cultures and assist students at the University of Kentucky in improving their skills writing and speaking using the English language.

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Black Card Media

Social Media Manager

This was my first serious experience with social media management. I established and grew the Twitter account for UK's campus to over 2,000 followers.

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Girls on the Run Central Kentucky

Marketing Committee

Working with Girls on the Run Central Kentucky gives me the opportunity to combine my passions: health, fitness and women's empowerment. I handle many of the public relations and marketing functions of the organization, like managing social media and graphic design.

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Girls on the Run Running Buddy

As a running buddy, I was partnered with a girl who had been training for a 5K. I helped to motivate and support her during the final 5K race. This was my introduction to the organization and sparked my interest in the program.

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Running.

I run to be healthy but I also run to remind myself how incredible pushing myself feels. Running teaches me dedication, to challenge myself and that I am capable of more than I realize.

In March 2016 I completed Rock N' Roll DC marathon, which I ran to raise $800 for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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The Bourbon Chase

In 2016 I'll be running The Bourbon Chase, a 200 mile relay race through Central Kentucky.

Race day is October 14-15, 2016!

2016 Bourbon Chase
I love you, California!
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Yosemite National Park

One of my favorite places to hike.

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Sequoia National Park

I love trees and national parks.

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Santa Monica Pier

One of my favorite beaches.

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San Francisco

My #1 favorite city!

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San Francisco Carousel

My favorite place in my favorite city.

My Old Kentucky Home
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Keeneland Racetrack

I've learned very little about horse racing.

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UK Arboretum

My favorite place to run.

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Natural Bridge

Hiking is a great way to relax.

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Snow Days

Being from CA, I'm not a fan of snow days.

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The Bourbon Trail

Distilled, bottled and sipped in KY.

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Buffalo Trace

A bison at Buffalo Trace

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Buffalo Trace

KY has fancy horses and barrels.

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Kentucky Horse Park

I'm a horse whisperer.

THE University of Kentucky-Wildcats
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UK Football

Go CATS!

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UK Basketball

Ever heard of Big Blue Madness?

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Big Blue Madness 2015

Kicking off the 2015-2016 season

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Start to finish

My freshmen year vs. senior year.

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2015 Final Four

We love the CATS

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Graduation

As quickly as it started, it ended.

Cincinnati, OH
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Welcome to Ohio

Birthplace of aviation

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The riverfront

Ohio river

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Cincinnati Zoo

Feeding giraffes

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Great American Ballpark

Dodgers vs. Reds

Washington, D.C.
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Supreme Court

Saying hello to the justices.

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WWII Memorial

Recently opened when I visited.

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JFK

The eternal flame at Arlington.

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FDR Memorial

Hanging with my friend FDR.

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MLK Memorial

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Lincoln Memorial

The best known Kentuckian.

New York City
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The Met

Pharaoh Ramses

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The Met

Haute couture.

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Bronx Zoo

This bear was posing for me.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral

Just before Pope Francis' visit.

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9/11 Memorial and Museum

The last column.