The Communications Committee has recently recruited two co-Chairs to revitalize the Section’s outreach and communications, and to ensure that the Section continues to be an active contributor to the global health community. Please welcome Sophia Anyatonwu, our new social media manager, and Jean Armas, our new blog admin!
I am from Austin, Texas and have always had an interest in using my skills to make a global impact. I received my Masters in Public Health in 2015 and currently work as an Epidemiologist. In my role as the Section’s social media manager, I hope to further develop my social media skills and remain up-to-date on current trends and breaking developments in global health. Additionally, I am excited to help get the word out about what IH members are working on and passionate about. In the future, I would like to evaluate health services and policies that impact humanitarian aid and economic development.
Growing up, I was fortunate to travel to many places across the world with my family and saw how difficult life could be for others who had much less than I had. This left a strong impression on me and after many years working in public health in the US, mostly in the areas of chronic disease, health technology, and innovation, I began my career in global health. I currently work for a global health non-profit where I have helped my organization’s partners in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia introduce technology solutions to help them track vital medicines for survivors of gender-based violence, improve the care for children living with HIV, and tackle the challenging problem of reducing newborn mortality. I have always felt strongly about promoting social equality through public health practice and look forward to continuing to promote APHA’s mission of health for all including finding unique ways to keep our members informed and engaged with their section and the wider global health community, especially during these challenging times.