IH Communications Committee Team Members

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Jean Armas

Communications Committee Chair, IH Connect Website and APHA Connect List-Serv Manager

WordPress: @jeanarmas

Twitter: @jean_armas

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 careersI 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 with my husband and taking our dog out for long walks in the beautiful California woods.

Anlan Cheney

Regular Contributor

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WordPress: @anlanc

Anlan is an epidemiologist with the CDC Foundation at the Nebraska Department of Health. She earned her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center while working with non-governmental organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and India on health and development projects. Prior to “discovering” public health, Annie completed her bachelor’s degree in communication arts.  During this time, she reported on Kosovo-Serbia relations and worked for a development project in Kosovo. She also holds a Master of Peace Studies from the University of Belgrade and has taught in indigenous and migrant communities near her hometown in the American Midwest. Annie is interested in peacebuilding, peace processes, the use of epidemiology in conflict analysis and prevention, and global health governance.

Asma Awan

Regular Contributor


WordPress: @asmaawan25

My name is Asma Awan. I live in Las Vegas with my family. My husband is an anesthesiologist, and we have three children, a daughter 23 years, a son 20 years old, and the youngest son 14 years old. I am originally from Pakistan. I completed medical school there and then we moved to USA in 2005. While in the USA, it occurred to me that there is something beyond clinical medicine, and that is research in public health. So, in the process, I revisited my career plans and found many ambitions for research, preventive medicine, and epidemiology and not merely the practice of diagnostics and therapeutics. I graduated with an MPH from Capella University with honors in 2014. I just completed my DrPH Epidemiology from the same institution in September 2020.

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Communications Committee Co-Chair, Social Media Subcommittee Co-Chair

I am an Assistant Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Public Health at Arcadia University. I teach courses focused on epidemiology, biological foundations and global health. My research interests include intimate partner violence, health literacy and chronic diseases. Some of my favorite hobbies are traveling and hiking.

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Social Media Associate

WordPress: murmursofmine
Twitter: @murmurs_of_mine

Originally from Nepal, I am a first-generation college graduate from California State University East Bay. I received my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences B.S., Public Health minor and feel passionate about infectious diseases on a global setting, mental health and community health promotion through social media. I hope to pursue an MPH in Global Health in the next few years and use my knowledge to promote sustainable public health interventions in Nepal. Outside of my professional setting, I enjoy hiking, indulging in Harry Potter content and traveling the world to learn about different cultures.

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Communications Committee Co-Chair, Social Media Subcommittee Co-Chair

WordPress: @saraheedmonds

Twitter: @SarahEEdmonds

I am an author and filmmaker from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who is currently pursuing a Dual Masters degree at Arcadia University. My films have won recognition at multiple national and international festivals and I have had multiple poems published in literary journals. I began creating, in both film and writing, out of a desire for greater representation of how diverse humanity can be and how deep the challenges we face may go. My creative works are a medium through which I explore many issues surrounding mental health and disparities in public health that are ever present in the world around us. I hope to use my creative background to make health issues and difficult topics in health more accessible for everyone.

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I write the bi-weekly Global Health News Round Up and have also contributed to the Global Health Jobs Analysis project.

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Sophia Anyatonwu

Social Media Team Member

WordPress: @scanyatonwu

Twitter: @SophiaCA1

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.

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WordPress: @yaraasi

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

Committee Co-Chair, Social Media Subcommittee Chair

WordPress: @publichealthtalks

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

Assistant Social Media Manager, Contributor

WordPress: @cjdor

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.

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Kimberly Levitt


WordPress: @kimberlybug12

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.

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WordPress: @awpain

Amanda Pain is a freelance health writer that helps organizations bridge message and mission. Amanda has over 15 years of experience working in global health and development for non-profits and academia. She has a dual masters in social work and public health and a bachelors in journalism. Since starting her business Amanda has written blogs, newsletters, reports, white papers, articles for peer-reviewed journals, literature reviews as well as B2B and B2C marketing materials. As a writer she utilizes her storytelling ability as a tool for social change. Before starting her business Amanda worked as a project manager working on the Global Burden of Disease research study at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan and worked as a field research assistant on an HIV/AIDS study in Malawi. Her educational and professional pursuits are instilled with her values of intellectual challenge, openness to change and optimism for making the world a better place.

Abbhi Rajagopal 


WordPress: @abbhirami

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!

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Social Media Associate

Twitter: @rousseau_fierce

I am a global health fanatic, and passionate about partnering with all stakeholders to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable populations. I am an MSPH student in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control at Johns Hopkins University. I most recently worked in Haiti, partnering with the Ministry of Public Health to support a network of small hospitals and health centers in offering the package of essential services, from vaccination through maternal-child health, and even disaster preparedness. I have previous experience in Ecuador, Uganda, and the Philippines, as well as in my home town of Muncie, Indiana. I am particularly interested in monitoring and evaluation of HIV programs, and researching questions surrounding human resources for health. Viva CHWs! In my personal life, I love to eat fermented foods, play tennis, dance salsa rueda, and read short stories.

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WordPress: @hanstewart

I am a native Texan currently living in Los Angeles. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Baylor University and my MPH in Global Health from the University of Southern California. Before returning to graduate school in 2016, I worked in clinical research investigating the neurophysiology of nicotine addiction. Most recently I worked with the Mayor of Los Angeles to develop a target and indicator set for monitoring human rights issues related to the city’s growing number of unsheltered residents. My passion has always centered around advancing mental health as a human right, and I am excited to continue my global mental health research and advocacy as a Research Fellow at the Global Environment Health Lab in Myanmar studying mental health outcomes after natural disasters. I’m a “dog-mom” to three pups and a lover of all things caffeinated, Texas-shaped, or spicy.

Dallas Smith


WordPress: @pragmaticsolidarity

I currently inhabit the beautiful country of the Kingdom Cambodia where I serve as a Community Health Educator with the United States Peace Corps. My primary assignment is contributing to the empowerment of the staff at a rural health center along with focusing on sustainable health outcomes through education. The health sectors that I have the unique opportunity to educate on include nutrition, growth monitoring, and non-communicable diseases. In addition to my primary assignment, I teach the English language at a local high school and get to share the fate of my fellow community members for a duration of two years. In May of 2017, I completed my doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Biosocial medicine, Tuberculosis, Neglected Tropical Diseases, and drug quality are extremely fascinating to me, and I look forward to discussing these topics through the blog! Outside of healthcare, I thoroughly appreciate reading books about history, listening to musicals, and traveling to unique parts of this vast planet.

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Eighmey Zeeck 


WordPress: @globalhealthandyou

Twitter: @ENZeeck

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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