Juan Carlos Bordes
Juan Carlos Bordes (he/him) will be starting the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program in the fall of 2021. Born and raised in Ecuador, he immigrated to the US in 2006 at the age of 16. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University. His professional work has led him to serve in a variety of healthcare settings for the past 8 years including hospitals, long-term acute and nursing centers, acute rehabilitation, and outpatient clinics. Over his years working in healthcare he has witnessed the disparities experienced by individuals in marginalized communities. These experiences led to a desire to pursue a doctoral degree in public health based on a deep commitment to advance health equity in our current healthcare system. He has provided volunteer work to assist local and state organizations work on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as assisted on advocating for inclusive-based policy. His research interests include management and health policy, minority health and health disparities, public health ethics, public health leadership, public health policy, and the social determinants of health. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, running, listening to a variety of podcasts, yoga, coffee-shop hunting, and star-wars related content.
Brittany Campbell is a first-year DrPH student bringing more than 5 years of experience working at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center on projects centered around social justice, cancer health equity, and community engagement. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, she was awarded a NCI Diversity Supplement to better understand patients’ experience navigating care in the safety-net setting. This project led to her current research interests which lie at the intersection of structural racism, implementation science, and cancer health disparities. She received her Master of Public Health from Saint Louis University and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Missouri. She is a proud St. Louis, Missouri native who enjoys music, art, and activities that promote self-exploration and development.
Purba Chatterjee Purba Chatterjee joins UCB as a first year DrPH student. Purba grew up in India; her formative years were spent in Chennai and Kolkata. Purba came to the US to pursue her undergraduate studies at UCLA. She has a Bachelor’s in Economics from University of California Los Angeles and a Master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Purba has over 15 years of public health program management experience. She has worked on HIV/AIDS and other non-communicable diseases projects in Uganda, India, and now Kenya. With the Dr.PH program, Purba plans to pivot to global mental health research with a focus on building capacity for non-specialists to provide mental health care in low and middle-income countries. She is passionate about partnering with the community to build capacity, address stigma, and increase access to treatment for common mental health disorders. In her current role as the Chief Operating Officer for UCSF Bixby Center’s global programs, she oversees operations and administration for the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program, an HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in Kenya, and affiliated research studies. Aside from work, Purba enjoys going on long hikes with her husband, daughter, and son. She is also an avid traveller, loves to cook, and enjoys practicing yoga!
Renee Clarke is a first year DrPH student with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Renee completed her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at University of South Florida and holds two bachelor’s degrees in nursing and public health completed at University of Miami and University of Maryland, College Park respectively. Prior to University of California, Berkeley she served in a capacity of different clinical settings including Emergency Management, Neonatal Intensive Care, Global Health and Maternal and Child Health as a Registered Nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital and Children National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Her passion has always been service leadership and eliminating health disparity gaps among minority women, infants, and children. Renee’s interest to improve health outcomes extends nationally and internationally. She has served in places such as Niger (Africa), Milot, Haiti and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Her values and experiences lead her to many roles within her career. Quality improvement, evaluation, implementation and decreasing health disparities has always been a cornerstone of her experiences.
Renee is currently an active member of NAHSE, National Association of Health Service Executives, where she has been involved in several service leadership activities. Through NAHSE she has volunteered at homeless shelters and moderated healthcare webinars and events. She was a mentee in NAHSE Houston’s Executive Mentorship Program where she and her cohort planned and executed several events. Renee was born in the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago and came to the United States as a teenager. As a child, she represented her birth country on numerous occasions in national track and field events and was a full scholar colligate athlete. She learned teamwork, dedication, time management and discipline at an early age balancing both academics and athletics. Just as she represented her country athletically, Renee hopes to help improve the healthcare of the Caribbean Diaspora. Most recently, Renee found her purpose in serving other women to become their best selves through strategic coaching. Her mantra is “Give yourself permission to become the best version of you! You already have everything inside of you!” She enjoys travelling, learning new cultures, outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family.
Yao Doe joins the DrPH program from fall 2021 at UC Berkeley. He was born and raised in Ghana. He Attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana where he completed his BSc. Chemistry. Upon completion, he worked as a laboratory chemist for a year and then moved to medical school in Ukraine. After graduating from medical school, he did his residency in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Kyiv, Ukraine. Following the completion of his residency, he returned home where he worked as head of the OB/GYN department of a hospital in Ghana and a medical director of a hospital in Togo.
Besides working as a medical doctor, he took active roles in community outreach programs such as screening for breast and cervical cancer, HIV prevention, vaccination programs, chronic-care home visits in underserved communities, and vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula repair in sub-regions of Ghana.He also introduced an innovative program that employed the use of prophylactic misoprostol (an inexpensive and easy to use medication that needs no refrigeration) for postpartum hemorrhage and he provided training for midwives and nursing assistants in various regions in rural Togo and this led to drastic reductions in postpartum hemorrhage and subsequent reductions in the evidence of maternal mortality and hospital referral rate in rural areas of Togo. Being thirsty for more knowledge, he moved to the United States to further his studies in Public Health at the University of New Haven, where he obtained his degree in Master of Public Health.
Yao’s primary interest is in maternal and child health, especially the prevention of maternal morbidity and mortality in developing countries. He likes playing soccer, going on road trips, and listening to classic country music.
Blake Erhardt-Ohren is a first year DrPH student. She is passionate about improved access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, particularly abortion services, for forcibly displaced and immigrant populations. Prior to joining the program, she spent three years at Pathfinder International, where she provided monitoring and evaluation support to SRH projects around the world. During her master’s program, she worked at CARE USA, assisting with the Supporting Access to Family Planning and Post-Abortion Care (SAFPAC) project in emergency settings. She holds a BA in History from UC San Diego and an MPH in Global Health from Emory University. In her free time, Blake enjoys hiking with her partner and two dogs, birdwatching, and traveling.
Olufunke Fasawe joins the DrPH program in the fall of 2021 from the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) where she is a Senior Director, Primary Health Care (Global), Director of Programs (Nigeria) and Technical Lead for the Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Program (Nigeria). She has over ten years’ experience in global health working on program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation cutting across HIV/AIDS, Routine Immunization, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal and newborn health, Cervical Cancer, and health systems strengthening. Prior to starting her career with CHAI, she worked with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS in Geneva as a health economics consultant conducting economic modeling for HIV programs and. She also interned at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva during her Masters program. Olufunke holds a Master’s degree in International Health Management, Economics and Policy from SDA Bocconi, Milan, Italy; she earned her Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She loves to play tennis and enjoys running outdoors. She is passionate about gender equity and promotion of universal health care in developing countries.
Bhavya Joshi is a first-year DrPH student working at the intersection of public health and human rights. Her research organization WomenSARRA, aims to work towards the full realization of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) as a Human Right. As a women human rights advocate and educator herself, Bhavya supports women rights defenders from across the globe to build their capacity to use international human rights mechanisms for advocacy and activism at national, regional, and international levels. Before starting her organization, she managed, implemented, and evaluated public health projects in South Asia for more than 5 years. Among other projects, she has worked on a BMGF human-centered design intervention on MCH; managed the evaluation of USAID and Abt Associates project on Family Planning, Child Health and SRH in India and supported the development of the national strategy for India and Bangladesh on SRH for Deaf Young Persons for DCW, UK. Within India, she has worked in 18 out of 28 states. Bhavya received her MA in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations mandated University for Peace, Costa Rica and is finishing her second MA in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation from University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her bachelor is in Political Science from Delhi University, India. Using her multidisciplinary academic background, Bhavya is passionate about building community-based approaches embedded in human rights mechanisms to aid women’s reproductive autonomy and informed healthcare decision making in low and middle-income countries. She is a travel enthusiast and is fond of outdoor sports, drinking coffee and experimenting with cuisines.
Silvana Larrea is a first-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. She is a Medical Doctor from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and received her MPH in Epidemiology from the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico. Prior to starting her graduate program in UC Berkeley, she was a Program Officer for the Poverty, Gender, and Youth department in the Population Council Mexico office. In the Population Council, she provided technical support for the Council’s research portfolio: design, implementation and evaluation of interventions and developing new proposals, IRB protocols, briefs, donor reports, and manuscripts. She is also co-investigator in diverse research projects related to migration and health, with a focus in sexual and reproductive health. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health, migration and health, and inequalities in health.
Wan Nurul Naszeerah
Wan Nurul Naszeerah is pursuing her dream as Berkeley’s Doctor of Public Health candidate in Fall 2021. As a military officer from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Wan Nurul has been involved in the planning and coordination of military medicine training and research. Having led various life-saving training programs for clinical and combat medics as well as first aiders, Wan Nurul is interested in understanding and intervening on the social determinants of cardiovascular diseases amongst the military communities.
Prior to her military career, Wan Nurul had graduated from Yale School of Public Health with Master of Public Health and University of California-Davis with Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, both times under the sponsorship of Brunei’s Ministry of Defence. At Yale, she had acquired training in the application of remote sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS) as well as other epidemiologic tools. Interested in the intersection of ecology and microbiology, she chose to study the eco-epidemiology of malaria along the porous Bhutan-India border as Yale’s Global Health Research Fellow in 2014. Wan Nurul is also an ASEAN Youth Fellow, advocating for skills and information accessibility.
Nadia Rojas is a first-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. She received her Master of Public Health from UC Davis and her Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley with a double major in Ethnic Studies and Integrative Biology. Before attending the DrPH program, Nadia was working at ChangeLab Solutions, a national nonprofit in Oakland, CA, where she was developing tools and resources for community-based organizations, policymakers, and public officials across subject matters on upstream policy interventions. Nadia also worked at the School of Public Health at Berkeley where she led the data collection and data management of various projects evaluating Berkeley’s soda tax. Nadia is a DACA recipient and a strong advocate of the undocumented community. She co-founded Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred Northern California (GRADD NorCal) where she was instrumental in organizing conferences throughout California for undocumented youth who were interested in attending graduate school. Nadia plans to advance research that will reduce health disparities and promote equity among communities that have been marginalized, including the undocumented population. Nadia enjoys vegetarian cooking in her spare time and loves salsa and bachata dancing.
Ida Wilson is an Oakland native and first year DrPH student. She received a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology from San José State University and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from UC Riverside. Prior to joining the program, Ida served as a Project Manager for the Center for Critical Public Health at the Institute for Scientific Analysis for several NIH- and Tobacco Related Disease Research Program-funded projects that investigated substance use among young adults in the Bay Area and in rural counties in Northern California. In addition to her duties as Project Manager, she also served as the Coordinator for the Center’s Internship program. Ida’s research interests include framing police violence as a public health issue, health inequities, as well as the use of critical perspectives in examining public health issues by exploring the ways in which socio-structural systems contribute to health inequities for marginalized populations.
Emily Winer is a first year DrPH student. Before coming to UC Berkeley, Emily spent five years working at the International WELL Building Institute as one of the developers for WELL, a global certification for advancing health and well-being in buildings and communities. Drawing on her knowledge of the intersection of the built environment and public health, Emily’s work has focused on the promotion of policies, programs, and design strategies that shape mental health and health behavior at the building, organizational, and urban scale.
Emily’s prior experience also includes work in digital health communications, as well as pediatric and adult psychosocial oncology research. Emily holds a BA in Psychology from Carleton College and an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A longtime East Coaster, she is excited to join the UC Berkeley community and explore all that California has to offer.
Amanda Marr Chung
Amanda Marr Chung joins the DrPH program from UC San Francisco’s Malaria Eradication Initiative, where she is currently Associate Director. Once the program begins, she will switch gears to focus on an HIV grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care in transforming the Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision program into an integrated, sustainable program that is government led and owned. She received her Master’s degree in Community Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington and her AB in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. She has 15 years of experience in global health and has worked in the areas of program management and monitoring and evaluation for HIV, eye health, and malaria. She is passionate about frontline delivery channels, community interventions, and capacity building and has a keen interest in women’s health. Aside from work, she loves to cook, bake, travel, and pursue many outdoor activities, including running, cycling, backpacking, and alpine skiing. She also recently dabbled in ice climbing with her husband and is looking forward to the day when they can go with their two sons.
Amanda Mazur is a first-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. She received her MS in Global Health Sciences from UCSF and a BS in Biological Science and BA in International Relations from the University of Calgary. Before attending UC Berkeley, Amanda worked at UCSF on projects in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and coordinated international behavioral health research projects focusing on HIV adherence and stigma reduction interventions, detection and treatment of common mental disorders among people with chronic diseases at rural health clinics, and understanding intersectional stigma related to HIV and cancer. Prior to starting graduate studies, she worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Zimbabwe collaborating with government institutions, NGOs, and CBOs to accelerate achievement on the UN Millennium Development Goals. Her research interests include global mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and understanding how structural and behavioral interventions can address health outcomes in low-resource settings.
Betsy Pleasants is a first year DrPH student. She received her Master’s in Public Health in the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program at UC Berkeley in Spring of 2019. During her MPH program she worked as a graduate student researcher at the Wallace Center for MCAH Research and as a Research Associate at ETR’s YTH Initiative. Previously she worked with the Women’s Global Health Imperative at RTI International in San Francisco, before which she graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she received her BA in Anthropology with a focus on Medical Anthropology. She has an interest in innovative approaches to researching and intervening upon public health issues, particularly in health access and health equity in the US, with a focus on the connections between intersectional vulnerabilities, health, and technology. She is excited to return to Berkeley for her DrPH and continue her work with a community of inspiring researchers and advocates.
Chris Rubeo is a first-year doctoral student at UC Berkeley in the Doctor of Public Health program. His work has primarily focused on designing programs that enable healthcare providers to meet their patients’ basic needs like nutritious food, affordable transportation, and quality housing. As a researcher at the Center for Care Innovations, he uses human-centered design and quality improvement methods to provide technical assistance to healthcare organizations across California. He is an avid cook, loves to rock climb, and continues to pursue his own musical projects.
Ifunanya Dibiaezue will be starting her DrPH program in the fall of 2020. Ifunanya is a Public Health Professional with over 7 years of experience in maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable disease prevention, nutritional awareness and training programs, and public health policy development. She holds a Bsc degree in Biomedicine from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of York, York, UK. While working as an Assistant Program Officer in Africare under the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Project, Ifunanya helped increase the earning capacity of over 1000 women cooks, reduce indoor air pollution and reduce the incidence of respiratory diseases by 65% in Lagos State, Nigeria. In addition, she has helped improve the health of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Southern Nigeria. She has coordinated over 25 HIV testing and counseling programs, and training campaigns with over 70 clinical staff to improve the overall quality of care for PLWHA. She is also very passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles among women. She is the founder of ActivEaters, an organization that focuses on improving the quality of health of women through diet, exercise, and behavior change.
Julia Ryan joins the DrPH program with a passion for improving sexual and reproductive health in vulnerable communities globally. Over the past seven years, she has worked on a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research projects at academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. Most recently, she spent three years as a qualitative research coordinator focused on HIV prevention in sub-Saharan Africa with the Women’s Global Health Imperative at RTI International. Prior to that, she worked on reproductive health research with UNC Project in Malawi, vertical HIV transmission with USAID, Ebola response with the WHO, and Zika response with the CDC. Julia received her BA in Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania, and her MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She grew up in Boston and Philadelphia and loves running, reading, and snowboarding.
Mikail Aliyu is a first-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. He graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with a degree in pharmacology. He started his career in the pharma industry working with Sanofi, where he focused on increasing access to essential medicines at primary health care level in anglophone West and East African countries. Mikail later received his MPH from the University of Leeds, in the UK, and moved into management consulting as a Program Officer at The Palladium Group. More recently, before UC, Mikail managed a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded investment called the Technical Support Unit (TSU) project. Through this grant, he provided technical support to the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria to create an enabling environment for women and girls to access better reproductive health and family planning (RH/FP) services. He worked closely with government officials and decision-makers to facilitate the creation of enabling structures and processes for accountability, priority setting, and coordination of RH/FP services—this involved strategy design, policy development, and implementation. Notably, he supported the development and execution of the Nigerian Family Planning Blueprint. Mikail is passionate about reducing barriers and addressing sociocultural norms that hinder access to reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health, and nutrition using system thinking and context-based approaches. In his spare time, he enjoys football, hiking, and traveling, and in more recent times, has gained particular interest in recycling of used tires and plastics.
Sai Ramya Maddali
Sai Ramya Maddali joins the DrPH program with 4 years of experience in program evaluation both in the US and globally. She has previously worked as an analyst and researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UCSF, and the non-profit sector. Sai Ramya received her MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and BS in Biology from UC Riverside. Her research interests include building multidisciplinary/collaborative approaches to emerging public health problems that center the effects of historical and institutional racism, socio-spatial methods in epidemiology, and the translation of public health research into science-based policy. In Sai Ramya’s personal life, she is an avid backpacker, runner, and baker and can be found wandering the Californian coast with her spouse and dog.
Samanta Anríquez is a first year DrPH student. She comes to Berkeley sponsored by the Fulbright Commission in Chile. She has served in Chilean public health services for 6 years, focusing in Primary Care and Family Practice in extreme zones, where she has been the director of a family health center in the Chilean Patagonia. She recently finished a Medical Residency in Public Health and a MSc of Epidemiology, both at the Universidad Católica of Chile, where she focused her research in Chronic Multimorbidity and Primary Care Models. She has advocated for Health and Human Rights as a volunteer in Amnesty International while being a medical student at the Universidad of Chile and later worked with Medical Residents Union in Chile. She has two beautiful girls and a husband, who joined her in this adventure.
Auwal A.A. Abubakar
Auwal A.A. Abubakar joins the DrPH program in fall 2019. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he worked for Bauchi State Government in Nigeria as the Incident Manager of the Polio Emergency Operations Center (EOC). At this coordinating center, he was responsible for oversight and managed the state’s Polio Eradication Initiatives (PEI) and Routine Immunization (RI) programs. He also participated in the coordination of the Primary Health Care Systems Strengthening program.
He received his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, and postgraduate degree in M.Sc. Epidemiology and Biostatistics from SRM Institute of Science and Technology in India.
He began his career as a physician providing clinical care and management of HIV/AIDs clients in a tertiary health hospital in Bauchi State Nigeria. During the one year period on this program, he experienced first-hand the limitations and inadequacy of the Nigerian health sector, which oftentimes left him feeling helpless. Most painful to him were the needless cases of children and women who lost their lives due to poor access to life-saving medical interventions and preventive medical services in their communities. He realized quickly that if impact was to be made at scale, he would need to venture into public health and contribute to resource mobilization, program management and health systems strengthening.
Auwal’s primary interest is in the area of HIV/AIDs, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (MNCH). He loves music, travelling, reading, networking, and watching movies.
Andrea Jacobo is a second-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. She received her Masters of Public Health from The University of Memphis and Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami. Prior to her attending UC Berkeley, Andrea implemented various evidence-based nutrition and physical activity programs in community settings and serving youth to older adults. Along with program implementation, Andrea co-facilitated a community of practice focused on addressing the root causes of health disparities in Memphis through policy, systems, and environment. Andrea’s areas of interest are addressing health inequities through community-centered, people-centered approaches including human-centered design thinking as a tool for community organization and capacity building. She has a passion for community health, culture & arts, and food. In her spare time, Andrea loves to work out and teach group fitness classes to help promote wellness and write poetry to catalyze social change!
Alma Juarez-Armenta is a first year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. She received her MPP from The University of Chicago and her BA in Economics and Political Science from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). Before attending UC Berkeley, Alma was awarded a Metcalf Fellowship at the Center for Global Health at UChicago, where she performed cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis for different solutions to alleviate the arsenic poisoning problem in Bangladesh. For the last year, she worked as an advisor to the Health Minister in Mexico, studying the negative effects of conditional cash transfers on the population’s health. Her research interests include quantitative methods and evaluation of public health policies. During her DrPH, Alma hopes to further analyze and develop public policies regarding homelessness in Mexico.
Daryl Mangosing (all/any pronouns) is a second-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley whose research interests include LGBTQ+ health disparities, community engagement, public health discourse, and critical theory. For their doctoral studies, Daryl is interested in “party and play” or chemsex (i.e., illicit drug use to facilitate and enhance sexual activity) and health outcomes in the context of biomedical HIV prevention and online sexual networking applications. They have been a GSI at Cal and are working with the research team of the PCORI/NIH-funded PRIDE Study by Stanford University and University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Prior to Cal, they worked at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and Prevention Research Center in the Division of Prevention Science at UCSF, where they drove communication efforts and disseminated HIV prevention and public health research. As a queer Filipinx from Guam, Daryl received their MPH (Health Communication, 2015) from Tufts University and their BA (Health Sciences, 2013) from Berea College. Daryl plays video games on the PlayStation; enjoys going out for good food/drinks or nature walks; and loves to entertain his black cat, Sienna.
Amia Nash is excited to start her second year of Berkeley’s DrPH program. She attended Santa Clara University for her undergraduate education where she was a public health major and triple minor in biology, sociology, and religious studies. Her diverse coursework challenged her to think critically about the intersections between public health and social justice. Amia earned her Master of Science in Community Health and Prevention Research from Stanford University School of Medicine. Her thesis focused on the ethical considerations for community-based research with homeless populations. Her past research was at the Stanford Center for Youth Mental Health and Well-being where she conducted qualitative research focused on the mental health needs and concerns of Asian-American adolescents and parents in Palo Alto. In 2019, Amia was nominated by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Department for a Community Hero Award for her policy and advocacy work focused on adolescent mental health. Amia is currently a graduate student researcher with Berkeley’s YPAR lab focusing on youth-led participatory action research in school settings and bringing youth voice to the development and implementation of health programming and policy.
Jasmine Santoyo-Olsson is a second-year DrPH student. Jasmine has been a Project Director at the University of California San Francisco for over 10 years. Jasmine’s primary interests include conducting health disparities research among underserved U.S. ethnic minority groups, specializing in Latinos, cancer, psychosocial distress, and developing interventions that provide self-management, social support, and build community engagement. She has experience on testing community interventions to improve cancer outcomes among Latinos (urban and rural dwelling), testing online interventions to improve the quality of life of rural dementia caregivers, cultural and language factors related to health outcomes of ethnically diverse patients, translating evidence-based interventions into mobile applications (mHealth), developing conceptual and psychometric adequacy of health measures for use with ethnically diverse patients, and evolving effective recruitment and retention methods in ethnically diverse groups. She is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Jasmine graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Epidemiology from Brown University. Jasmine is a mom to twin girls, a teenager, and two dogs. She is very grateful for her supportive husband.
Ariana Bennett Is a third year DrPH student, focusing on sexual and reproductive health and justice. She joined the DrPH program after working with the Fellowship in Family Planning in Family Medicine, where she worked with a group of family doctors to integrate abortion and contraception into primary care. In the fellowship, she helped physicians develop clinically- and socially-relevant research projects to improve patient-centered sexual and reproductive health care. Ariana’s primary interests are sexual well-being and reproductive justice as they relate to health care. She received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in Sexuality and Health in 2010, and before that, worked as a sexuality and health educator in high schools. She loves to cook and ride her bicycle, and is happy to be back at Berkeley, where she was an undergrad!
Jennifer Jarin received her BSN and MS in Community/Public Health Nursing (Environmental Health Specialty) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She also received an MA in Geography from the University of California, Davis. She specializes in issues of “place and health,” particularly regarding environmental justice and health equity.
She began her career as a pediatric intensive care unit nurse, and she worked for Baltimore City’s Reducing Asthma Disparities program. She later became a nursing instructor for UMSON and UCD BIMSON where she has facilitated university partnerships with Head Start programs. She has conducted place-based research at the UCD Center for Regional Change and the UC Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development. She utilizes social justice-oriented critical theory and socio-spatial methods to examine how systemic racism impacts health. She is looking forward to concluding her Doctor of Public Health degree at UC Berkeley.
Tracy Lam-Hine is a third-year DrPH student. Born and raised in the East Bay, Tracy graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in economics and public policy and from the University of Washington with an MBA. Tracy currently works as a community epidemiologist at the Marin County health department, focusing on racial disparities in Covid-19 outcomes and substance use mortality. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant in the healthcare industry, as a research assistant for a global health foundation, and as a program officer in workforce development philanthropy. Tracy’s research interests include the health of low-income workers in California, mixed-race and multi-ethnic Americans, disparities in substance use morbidity and mortality, social epidemiology, and health disparities research broadly.
Kevin Lee is a third-year DrPH student whose research interests include conceptualizing and operationalizing the effects of structural racism and discrimination on immigrant worker health through the examination of immigration and labor policies. Prior to joining the program, he spent three years at the Marin County health department developing and evaluating strategies to improve the health of communities living and at risk for HIV. His previous work focused on working class immigrant families and includes research and evaluation related to sex and labor trafficking, financial savings and economic mobility, and health care systems. His most recent experiences include the UC Berkeley Labor Center analyzing health coverage among marginalized workers including those impacted by COVID-19, and the Urban Institute in Washington, DC conducting policy research on immigrant and refugee workforce development. As a proud Golden Bear, Kevin received both his BA in Ethnic Studies and Psychology and MPH in Health & Social Behavior from UC Berkeley. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, traveling, food, his house plants, and exploring everything cities have to offer.
Angela Nguyen is a born and bred Seattle native. She received her BS in Public Health from the University of Washington in 2009 and her MPH in Community and International Health from New York University in 2013. Prior to joining the DrPH program, Angela served as a research scientist at the World Trade Center Health Registry examining the physical and mental health outcomes among 9/11 survivors. Her research interests include disaster epidemiology, emergency preparedness, and trauma response. Angela hopes to investigate the protective factors against psychological impairment among vulnerable populations who have faced mass trauma. She is currently a research assistant at the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment examining the relationship between air pollutants and mental health-related emergency room visits.
Elizabeth Ambriz received her MPH in Health Systems and Policy from the University of Washington and her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley. Her interests include Equity and Social Justice, farmworker health, and addressing structural level trauma. She has extensive experience working with and engaging communities to improve community conditions. Her experience includes working as Program Coordinator with the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, Program Manager with the Seattle King County’s Office of Equity and Social Justice, and most recently, Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention Coordinator at the Monterey County Health Department. She is looking forward to connecting and building relationships with her DrPH cohort.
Kira Jeter is a third-year DrPH student. She received an MPH from The George Washington University School and a BS in Psychology from Holy Names University. Prior to entering the DrPH program, Kira served as a supervising project director at UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Program and was responsible for the implementation and evaluation of multiple addiction health services and mental health treatment programs for homeless and justice involved individuals. Additionally, she provided technical assistance on a variety of topics such as data collection, evidence-based practices, project management, and building collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations. Her research interests include gender responsive/trauma informed treatment for criminal justice system-involved women, program evaluation, and mixed methods research.
Julie Miller is a third-year in the DrPH program. Julie’s interest in public health began as a high school student when she became inspired by the potential for nutrition to reduce, reverse, and prevent diseases. She studied the relationship between diet and disease as an undergraduate student and graduated with her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley. After graduation, she moved to New York City to continue to pursue her interest in nutrition at the population level and received her MPH in Public Health Nutrition from NYU. She returned to California after graduation and completed her training and credentialing as a registered dietitian at UCSF. Her work experience as a pediatric dietitian at UCSF introduced her to the field of neonatal nutrition and ignited a passion within her for neonatal nutrition and health. Prior to starting the DrPH program, Julie worked as a neonatal and pediatric dietitian at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She is interested in neonatal nutrition research and hopes to investigate and develop nutrition strategies focused on disease prevention and health promotion among infants.
Joseph Griffin joined the DrPH program after seven years of working in a variety of Public Health arenas, most recently serving as the Training Officer for the Healing Justice Alliance. His research explores community violence, particularly gun violence, as a form of toxic stress and healing. A Golden Bear through and through, Joseph also earned his BA and MPH from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). He is a native of Richmond, CA and currently lives with his wife and daughter in Vallejo.
Monique Hosein completed her MPH (Community Health Education) at San Francisco State in May 2015 with a culminating paper on Institutional Racism and Police Killings of Black Adults, Youth and Children, All Unarmed. Her interests include community-based participatory research and cultural humility as well as the study of institutional racism as a social determinant of health. As a Doctor of Public Health candidate she continues to focus on police violence as a public health issue, in particular, policing and the health of Black women employing the intersectional approaches of Critical Race Theory and Black Feminist Thought.
Before attending UC Berkeley, Monique worked in San Francisco’s Mission District managing the Teen Clinic and youth program at a community health center primarily serving Latinx communities. Her public health experience ranges from street outreach with a harm reduction/needle exchange program to grant writing and program management.
Monique is also a jazz vocalist. She lives in Albany with her husband and their daughter, a delightful, rising third-grader.
Madelena Ng is a DrPH candidate with a focus on population health and digital research platforms. Her research focuses on understanding how emerging technologies can be leveraged to address participation challenges in clinical research. Her work also explores the ethical implications of digital research participation in the information age. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, she worked at UCSF on the Health eHeart Study and the Eureka Mobile Health Research Platform, an NIH-funded national resource that enables investigators to conduct mobile- and web-based studies across all domains of public health. She holds a BS in Neuroscience and an MPH in Epidemiology, both from UCLA.
David Moore, a fifth year DrPH candidate, works as an Industrial Hygienist at UC Davis’ Office of Environmental Health & Safety. His research examines the Workplace Organizational Factors, and Process Safety Management practices that mitigate catastrophic risk in California’s petroleum refineries. Additionally, he works with UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program as an instructor for Oakland’s Cypress Mandela Training Institute, which provides hands-on chemical safety awareness training to participants in pre-apprenticeship construction programs. May 2018 David passed the CIH Exam to become a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist. In 2017, David and his wife Stephanie, an Environmental Planning student in UCB’s College of Environmental Design, founded Entrinzic Global Solutions LLC to build a consulting practice in the Environmental Occupational Health field.