Lena is a fourth-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. She is majoring in public health and minoring in German. She grew up in Nanjing, China and came to the U.S for college. She began to volunteer at the Rwanda Family Planning Integration Project in Rwanda in April 2018, a project aiming to improve and sustain improved reproductive health services in Rwanda. She also began working with Professor Marc Mitchell from the Harvard School of Public Health, mainly working on a literature review that examines the role of mobile health in developing countries. She has explored many different aspects of the public health ranging from epidemiology to health economics to demography, and has found each area fascinating, insightful and impactful. This past summer she interned at the University of Fudan in Shanghai, where she worked on environmental health data analysis and will hopefully have a paper published by Christmas 2018. She is passionate about empowering others, global health and using data to improve lives.
Ruby is a 4th year Public Health major and intended LGBT Studies/GWS minor. Her research interests include reproductive and sexual health, adolescent health and development, MCH, infectious disease epidemiology and immunology (HIV/AIDS), social epidemiology, health disparities and social determinants of health. She is currently a research assistant with Daniel Perlman under the OASIS Initiative where she does ethnographic qualitative research on women’s and girls’ empowerment in rural Niger. She also does volunteer data entry for Ndola Prata’s Rwanda FP project. She intends on getting an MPH as well.
Emily is a third year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. She is majoring in public health and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice. Emily has been a Data Entry volunteer for the Family Planning Integration Project in Rwanda since April 2018, a research project aiming to study the effects of having comprehensive integrated reproductive health services in Rwanda. She is also a volunteer at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, was an intern in the neurology department at Children’s Hospital, is a committee member for the Cal Undergraduate Public Health Coalition International Health Committee, and is a Teaching Assistant for the Health and Medical Apprenticeship Program’s Field Studies Internship. She is passionate about public health and medicine, particularly global/international health, social determinants of health, health policy, and medical ethics.
Elizabeth Pleasants is a Master of Public Health candidate in Maternal and Child Health program. She began her MPH in the fall of 2017 and is pursuing an interest in mixed-methods research exploring issues in contraceptive access in the US, with a focus on the intersections between gender, race, health, and technology. She joined the Wallace Center after working 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 and the effects of globalization on population-level health. She currently works with Sylvia Guendelman on a project examining online health information seeking related to family planning in the United States, with a particular focus on contexts with very poor health women’s health outcomes and access to reproductive health services.
Stephanie Machado is a second-year DrPH student at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Cal she was an instructor of Population Health at Oregon Tech where she taught applied public health courses, directed the undergraduate externship program, and collaborated with rural communities in the design and implementation of child nutrition and physical activity interventions. She studies the intersection between the education system and health, and her dissertation is focused on the evaluation of a school cafeteria intervention to improve student fruit and vegetable consumption. Stephanie has worked with Ndola Prata as a Graduate Student Instructor. As a Bixby Fellow, she is presenting her research on chronic primary care non-attendance in rural communities at the American Public Health Association conference in November 2018.
Teresa Kopp is a Program Research Analyst through UC Berkeley’s Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability. She provides grantmaking support for the Packard Foundation’s portfolio of reproductive health and rights grants in the U.S. with a total annual budget of over $10.5 million. She worked closely on developing the current theory of change for the U.S. portfolio and continues to partner with grantees to monitor progress and impact. Teresa first joined the Population and Reproductive health team in 2013 as a Program Associate, and has a background in community-based grantmaking, grantmaking operations, and non-profit fundraising. Teresa received her BA in Communications for California Lutheran University and her Master in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Marc Mitchell, Founder and President of D-International, and Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health is a pediatrician and management specialist who has worked in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America on the design and delivery of health care services. At Harvard, Dr. Mitchell has taught classes on mHealth, health management, and evaluation.
Dr. Mitchell began his international career as a pediatrician at a hospital in rural Tanzania. Since then, he has worked at every level of the health system including including Assistant Secretary of Health in Papua New Guinea, advisor to the National Family Planning Program of Indonesia (BKKBN) and as a consultant to many international organizations including WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID, and DFID.
Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on the use of mobile technology to increase access to high quality health care for the world’s poor. In 2004 this led to the founding of D-tree International whose mission is to support the use of digital technology that enables health care workers worldwide to deliver high quality care. Dr. Mitchell holds degrees from Harvard University (BA), Boston University (MD), and MIT’s Sloan School of Management (MS).
Tiffany is a third-year at UC Berkeley, planning to declare simultaneous degrees in Nutritional Sciences (Physiology & Metabolism track) and Public Health. She has been working for the Bixby Center as a Student Assistant since May 2018. She works collaboratively with other researchers and faculty members to assist with UC Berkeley’s financial system, as well as performs various administrative duties. She also maintains the program’s website and Twitter account. As a director of Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ) at Berkeley, Tiffany is passionate about reproductive health and is an advocate for SB320–a senate bill that would provide funding for campus health centers and mandate that all UCs and CSUs to provide medication abortion.