Sophia Anyatonwu, MPH
Committee Co-Chair, Social Media Manager
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 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.
Jean Armas, MPH
Committee Chair, IH Connect Website and APHA Connect List-Serv Manager
I currently live in Oakland, California and work for a global health non-profit where I help 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. In addition to my role as the Communications Committee Chair for the International Health section, I am also a Section Councilor. I like writing about women’s and children’s health, health care policy, health innovation and technology, human rights, and global health careers. I have a bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Francisco State University and a Master’s in Public Health in Applied Epidemiology from Emory University. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling and taking my dog out for long walks in the beautiful California woods.
Yara Asi, PhD
I am currently a Lecturer in the Health Management & Informatics Department at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, primarily teaching undergraduates in health services administration or pre-clinical majors. My research interests are in healthcare in conflict-affected/fragile settings, women in global health, and uses of health information technology in global settings. Outside of global health, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and reading, even though I’m starting to be convinced I’ll never finish that stack of books on my nightstand.
Christa Cook, MPH
Social Media Manager in Training, Contributor
I am a 26-year-old Texas girl that enjoys the sunny outdoors, traveling all over the globe and curling up to a good mystery book. I have recently become a new epidemiologist for one of the local health departments in central Texas. My interests in public health range from infectious diseases (I have a background in Microbiology) and global health to mental health and freshwater sustainability. I am very excited to be a part of APHA and contribute to the International Health Section with health promotion through social media.
Cherrelle Dorleans, MPH
Social Media Manager in Training, Contributor
I am a recent graduate of Florida International University and earned a Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. I received my bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology from the University at Buffalo. I was born and raised in Queens, New York. Currently, I work as a Zika Case Manager for the Florida Department of Health in Broward County. My interests in public health span across the areas of infectious diseases, global health, health education, and health equity. In addition to being a Social Media Manager in Training, I am also a mentee for the 2018 cohort of the International Health Section’s Global Health Mentoring Program. My future plans are to pursue a PhD in public health. When I’m not working, I enjoy attending professional development events, mentoring, volunteering, cooking, traveling, and crossing things off my bucket list.
I am currently living in Boston, MA and working at Boston Children’s Hospital as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Neurology Department. Some of the most recent projects include a clinical trial on combination therapy for patients with infantile spasms. I am graduating this May with my Masters in Public Health from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS). After graduation I am moving to Tampa, Florida and will continue my education by starting a Doctorate in Health Sciences program. Some of my main interested within international health are LGBT health education, health equality, and HIV/AIDS prevention. In my spare time I enjoy traveling and trying the local food, training for half-marathons, and collecting vinyl records.
I spent nearly 15 years as a cell biology researcher. But my itch to do more for people led me to a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public health and I transitioned full time into public health in 2015. My first job was with Harris Country Public Health where I worked on wide ranging projects from accreditation to health equity. When not working, I spend my time thinking about racial and gender issues, health equity, food systems and the plight of the planet. I love to grow my own food, read old mysteries, and write blog posts!
I currently live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area where I work for a state health association as a member of the maternal and child health team. I received my MPH from the Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2015 where I was able to intern at the World Health Organization. I enjoy staying up to date on health policy and am passionate about reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. In my spare time you will catch me horse back riding or enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.
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