Matthew is a Junior at UC Berkeley double majoring in Development Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in French. He has been working for the Bixby Center since August 2016 as the Administrative Student Assistant for the OASIS Initiative in the Bixby Center. He assists with coordinating programs initiatives with the OASIS staff and managing finances and reimbursements. Matthew has multiple work experiences internationally both in the Sahel working in Western Burkina Faso as well as working in Northern India for non-profit organizations focusing on a variety of development initiatives. His interests include social justice, human rights and political economy.
Thi Truong was the administrative student assistant on the Bixby team. She worked with the Bixby Center during her senior year while majoring in Social Welfare and double minoring in Demography and Geographic Information Systems. In the past, she has volunteered with local nonprofits such as the California Prison Focus and the ASD Climber Foundation. She works as a legal advocate for domestic violence survivors and conducts research that examines the intersection between migration and social unrest in Latin America. She is interested in pursuing graduate studies in GIS technology and using data science for social advocacy.
Nelie Sithong is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health, with a concentration in health policy and management. She began her work with the UC Berkeley Bixby Center in June 2015 as an undergraduate research assistant for Expanding Access to Safe Abortion Services Project in Rwanda. As a member of the research team, Nelie provides support in data management through data entry and analysis, and assists in preparing reports and proposals.
Nelie is committed to serving her community through a public health lens, and is currently a caseworker for the Suitcase Clinic, writer for the Public Health Advocate, and Vice President of SDC Blue Ribbon Foundation. She hopes to continue her interest in the public health field by pursuing a MPH degree.
Tomomi Sarah is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health with concentrations in Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management. She transferred from De Anza College in Cupertino, California in 2015. She has been working for the Bixby Center as the Website Student Assistant since August 2015, and collaborates with other researchers and volunteers to maintain the program’s website and coordinate an online presence. She also assists in various administrative duties and graphic design for publications and conferences. She has multiple overseas experiences in underdeveloped nations over the past three years, doing work with a focus on public health, environmental sustainability and education. She worked as an administrative intern at a non-profit organization in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala and has also worked as a volunteer teacher in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Her interests include epidemiology, community health and health management and she hopes to pursue a dual MPH-MBA degree.
Adiba is a sophomore at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health, with an emphasis in Epidemiology and minoring in French. Adiba’s work at the Bixby Center began in June 2015 where she created and organized a data base for the Rwanda Safe-Access to Abortion scale-up 2015 project. She collaborates with on-site focal persons and is working on data cleaning and analysis centered on the relationship between gender-based violence and abortion. Adiba’s commitment to being a research assistant at the Bixby Center is due to her devotion in working for reproductive rights and access to reproductive health services. Currently, she is focusing on analyzing abortion stigma in Rwanda, decreasing stigma among abortion providers, and integrating health services for women to be able to easily access reproductive health services. She is a founder and co-director of Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ), the 1st reproductive rights and justice group for undergraduates at Cal, a former member of the Cal Consent Campaign, and a former volunteer for Planned Parenthood. She is a 2016 NIH/MHIRT Scholar and will be traveling to Mysore, India in the Summer of 2016 to conduct research on HPV vaccination and cervical cancer. She is an active member of Phi Chi, a pre-health society and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. Adiba is a Bangladeshi-American from Norman, Oklahoma.
Andrew Pastor is an undergraduate project assistant for the Bixby Center within the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Since beginning with the Bixby Center over the summer 2015, he has been assisting with various facets of the Expanding Access to Safe Abortion Services Project in Rwanda, supporting monitoring & evaluation efforts (data entry and data cleaning) and report and presentation preparation as well as graphic design. A current UC Berkeley Junior and transfer from Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California, he is majoring in Microbial Biology and hopes to pursue a joint MD/MPH degree following graduation.
Andrew’s previous experience includes work as a Certified Health Outreach Educator with the Health Outreach through Mobile Education project as part of the Price School for Public Policy within the University of Southern California and as a Patient Experience Intern for the UC Irvine Medical Center.
- Director & Chair, Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability
- Professor in Residence Maternal and Child Health
- Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning
- Co-Director, Innovations for Youth (I4Y)
School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
- Co-Director, Center of Expertise on Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment
University of California, Global Health Institute (UCGHI)
Ndola Prata is a public health physician and medical demographer from Angola. She earned her medical degree from the University of Angola and an MSc in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She began her career practicing medicine in Angola for 10 years and served as Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics of Angola. Shortly after moving to the US, while beginning her tenure as a researcher and lecturer at UC Berkeley, she served as a Demographer/Analyst for CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health for six years, a role she resumed briefly from 2010 to 2011. Prata’s current research is based in sub-Saharan Africa, she is especially interested in family planning, abortion, reproductive health, women’s health and empowerment and maternal mortality. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of family planning and maternal health interventions that maximize distribution and financing mechanisms to increase access to contraceptives in developing countries, particularly for the underserved populations. Her projects investigate strategies for harnessing existing resources, including human capacity and health care infrastructure while also gathering evidence for setting priorities on national health agendas. Dr. Prata teaches courses and has published extensively on topics related to family planning, financing and ability to pay for reproductive health programs, the role of the private sector in health care, adolescent sexual behavior in developing countries, priorities for maternal health, the use of misoprostol in obstetrics and women’s empowerment, fertility and family planning.
Elise Tam-Cooc was an undergraduate student assistant for the Bixby Center at UC Berkeley. She recently graduated from Berkeley with a BA in Cognitive Science with a minor in Education. She helped update the website during the redesign process and collected new content to add to the website.
Elise had previously worked as a research assistant for the organization called The Living New Deal, which aims to preserve New Deal art and architecture. Later, Elise joined the team at the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) as a development intern to get more experience with nonprofits.
Maggie Crosby is an MPH candidate in the Maternal and Child Health concentration at UC Berkeley. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Maggie worked for several years in the field of human rights in Minneapolis, Guatemala City, and Washington D.C. Her area of focus is the role of girls and women in conflict and post-conflict settings. Maggie has worked with both Ndola Prata and Malcolm Potts as a graduate student instructor. In 2014 she spent 3 months working with child mothers in northern Uganda to design their first-ever sexual and reproductive health curriculum