Rachel Bowers-Sword , M.S.W

Research Assistant

Photograph of: Rachel Bowers-Sword, M.S.W, Research Assistant.
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  • Education
    • Master of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health (expected: December 2018)
    • Master of Social Work, Boston University School of Social Work
    • Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies & Spanish, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities


Rachel Bowers-Sword joined the Center for Health Policy and Practice in September 2017 as a research assistant on the HRSA Community Health Worker Project. She is involved in various aspects of this project, including training development and technical assistance, as well as coordination and support for project partners. Rachel graduated with a MSW from BU School of Social Work in May 2017 and is currently pursuing her MPH at BU School of Public Health.

Before joining CAHPP, she was a research assistant at the Center for Addictions Research & Services at Boston University School of Social Work on a SAMHSA technology grant. Her work involved integrating care through a bilingual phone application for Latinos with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Rachel was an HIV Medical Case Manager in Madison, Wisconsin. Rachel also served in the Peace Corps as a Community Health volunteer in Ecuador. Her primary project focused on developing curricula and facilitating trainings on reproductive health and HIV/AIDS at a local university. For her secondary project, she helped to start a girl’s youth group that worked to promoted leadership, self-esteem, and communication skills through modes of art and theater.

Moment of Pride

Successfully volcano boarded down Cerro Negro in Nicaragua.

Fast Fact

Rachel loves to bake and dance Salsa, Merengue y Bachata.