Stride Spotlight: Meet Cooper, the Pun Master of Stride Health
Stride Health is a growing suite of benefits for independent workers. We're on a mission to empower our members to take control of their physical and financial well-being while building lasting relationships with them along the way. In our Stride Spotlight series, we’ll give you a glimpse into the lives of our team members who are working to make independence achievable.
For this Stride Spotlight, we chatted with Cooper about his personal connection to healthcare and how engineering plays such an important role in the Stride Health experience.
Can you introduce yourself and your position?
I’m Cooper, Data Automation Engineer for Stride Health.
Where are you from?
San Luis Obispo, California. It’s a college town about ten miles from the beach!
What got you interested in the healthcare field?
I’m a cancer survivor, as are many of my friends and family, so the importance of healthcare access has been a high priority to me for a long time. It wasn’t until I read Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains in college that my determination was reignited to find a way to focus my work on health equity. My interest in tech stems from my mathematics background. Code can be an elegant way to express abstract ideas, and from there I got interested in using it to solve more concrete problems as well.
We hear you like puns. Can you tell us your favorite?
"There's no I in team, but there's a UFC Hat in Neufchatel."
What’s the most rewarding part about working at Stride?
Finding a need for a tool, building it, and handing it over to my co-workers. It is rewarding to see the positive impact my work has on members’ well-being and experiences.
Why do you believe the work you do is so meaningful?
Dealing with health coverage can be an intimidating, complex, and stressful experience. I come to work with the hope that I can help to improve that.
What’s on your Spotify playlist right now?
I’ve been getting into Zeuhl recently. It’s a subgenre of French progressive rock, sort of a mashup of neoclassical and jazz fusion. I’m currently listening to “MEKANÏK DESTRUKTÏW KOMMANDÖH” by Magma, “Barndomens Stigar” by Kultivator, and “Nivraym” by Kōenji Hyakkei in particular.
Alright, hit us with another pun!
"Did you know bees measure distance in buzz lightyears?"