Jessica Bender grew up in the Pacific Northwest where she attended medical school at the University of Washington. She did her undergraduate studies in Biology and Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University and then worked at the American Red Cross in Seattle. She completed her internal medicine residency training and chief residency at Boston University, focusing on refugee health and primary care. She has global health experience in Morocco, Madagascar, and Liberia. Her professional interests include health systems strengthening through primary care networks, quality improvement, and medical education.
Kelvin Chan is originally from the Los Angeles area. He did his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and majored in Cognitive Science, and his medical school training at Wake Forest University. He subsequently completed his residency in internal medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a county hospital in Los Angeles, where he was first exposed to global health after doing a rotation at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. After finishing residency, Kelvin completed a chief year, and stayed on board working as an academic hospitalist at Olive View. Kelvin is a rotating fellow who will serve at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico and at Last Mile Health in Liberia.
Emilia Connolly is currently a pediatric chief resident at Jefferson Medical College/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA, where she also completed her pediatric residency. She grew up in California, where her family currently lives, and attended Smith College for her undergraduate work. Emilia worked in pharmaceutical development for 2 years and then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey for medical school. She has been fortunate to have several global health experiences in eastern Africa during her training and is thrilled to learn and grow as a clinician and educator in the next two years. Emilia is a rotating fellow who will serve at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.
Amelia Fisher is a recent graduate of the pediatric residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She grew up in Vermont and came back to the state for residency. She did her undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to complete her MD at the University of California, San Francisco. She has done global health work in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, with a focus on pediatric HIV. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors- running, hiking, or biking. Amelia is a rotating fellow who will serve at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.
Kami Groten is of the Red House People Clan, born for the Water Flows Together Clan. Her maternal grandfather is of the One Who Walks Around Clan and her paternal grandfather is of the Big Water Clan. She grew up a stone’s throw from the Navajo Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico. She attended the University of New Mexico and studied Signed Language Interpreting and Biology before participating in the Southern California Regional Dental Post-Baccalaureate Program at UCLA’s School of Dentistry. She received her dental training with an emphasis in Rural Health from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2013. She then returned back home and has been working as a general dentist with the Indian Health Service at Gallup Indian Medical Center. She is a first time mom to a rambunctious little boy. He absolutely hates brushing his teeth, but like his mom, he loves the outdoors. She also enjoys camping, fishing, indoor rock climbing, snowboarding, competitive bowling, reading, going to the movies and pulling teeth. Kami is a site fellow at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.
Tarnue Jallah is from Lofa county in the northern part of Liberia. He is currently working as a Site Manager at Last Mile Health in Konobo District, Grand Gedeh county. He started working with Last Mile Health in March 2013. When he is not working, Tarnue enjoys playing soccer and reading. His favorite food is rice with soup, especially with greens and palm oil. Tarnue is a site fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia.
Alice Johnson is a rural health Liberian nurse who hails from Lofa County. She got involved in nursing care after witnessing and living through many terrible experiences during and after the Liberian Civil War. As a nurse working in the hospital’s emergency department, she saw that many patients, especially those coming from last mile villages, could not make it to the hospital or were too late. As a person, a nurse, and an aspiring Public Health Practitioner, Alice is motivated by the fact that health is a basic human right and that everyone deserves quality health care no matter who they are or where they live. In a post war country like Liberia, she believes her country needs a grass roots health care approach that involves community health workers. While she is not working, Alice likes listening to music and chatting with friends. Her favorite Liberian dish is spicy potatoes and greens with palm oil. Alice is a site fellow at Last Mile Health in Liberia.
Annie Khan is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a first-generation child of immigrants, her personal experiences with diversity helped foster her interest in community-oriented health care leading to a career in Family Medicine. She completed residency at Boston Medical Center, which serves Boston’s diverse urban underserved populations. After completing undergraduate studies at University of California, Davis, she volunteered and provided preventive and reproductive health care education to women and children in Afghani refugee camps on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. After living amongst vulnerable populations, she wanted to better understand community oriented health care of all ages in resource poor areas, eventually leading to a career in clinical medicine. She went off to Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she continued work in global health through volunteering at Arco Iris Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia and completing research involving risk factors associated with heminthic infections in Assendabo, a rural village in Ethiopia. Her specific interests are International/Refugee Health, Maternal Child Health, Family Planning and Addiction Medicine. Outside of medicine, her hobbies include theater, writing comedic skits, traveling, and hiking. She is fluent in Punjabi/Hindko and proficient in Urdu. Annie is a rotating fellow who will serve at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico and at Jan Swasthya Sahyog in India.
Anna Landau is currently a 3rd year family medicine resident at UCLA/Harbor. Anna’s interest in medicine started at the early age of four, with a plastic stethoscope, and was fostered through many personal and family experiences with the health care system over the years. She studied chemistry and Latin American studies at Barnard College, and attended University of Arizona for both Medical School and to complete her Masters in Public Health. She was drawn to the philosophy of Family Medicine when she worked as a promotora for a community clinic in Tucson, AZ. It seemed to be the perfect mix of caring for individuals and communities. It was a way to meld her passion for preventive care and public health with medicine, while at the same time addressing social and economic disparities and barriers to healthcare access among women, immigrants and minorities. Growing up speaking Spanish and French, the extension to global health was a natural progression. Anna has worked in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, helping to establish sustainable locally-driven medical care, train lay health workers and help indigenous communities conduct health needs assessments. During her MPH work she partnered with the Department of Health Services to evaluate the legal policy regarding TB patients crossing the US-Mexico Border. She has helped to coordinate and run free clinics for refugees at the University of Arizona, as well as homeless patients in Los Angeles. She has been very involved the resident union as an elected delegate, focusing her work on Women in Medicine programming, contract negotiations, and staff & patient safety issues. She recently has been involved in an exciting new project with group visits focusing ways to combat teen obesity. Annie is a rotating fellow who will serve at Tuba City Regional Health Care in Tuba City, Arizona and at Last Mile Health in Liberia.
Jimena Maza was born and rised in La Peninsula de Yucatan Mexico, (for her, the Paradaise on earth), in a very loving family. She did medical school in La Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. After she finished medical school, she spent one year working in a rural clinic in a Mayan community close to Chichen Itza. Since then, she has been working as a clinical supervisor at Compañeros en Salud (CES) in la Sierra Madre de Chiapas. Jimena is a site fellow at Compañeros en Salud in Mexico.
Malawi’s Ministry of Health in the remote district of Neno. After graduating in 2011 from the Malawi College of Medicine with a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Dr Nazimera did an eighteen month internship at Queen Elizabeth Central hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. In 2013, he was recruited by the Ministry of Health as Neno’s District Health Officer, the highest ranking health official in a district of 150,000 people. In the role of District Health Officer, Dr Nazimera leads, manages, and coordinates all health related programs that take place within the district. This includes supervising the District Health Management Team, managing the district’s health budget, performing clinical and mentorship duties in the inpatient wards, coordinating with several multi-sectoral partners, and spearheading strategic planning for the district. Dr. Nazimera is very passionate and committed to improving the health of the poor and vulnerable population of Neno as well as mentoring and building a strong clinical team in the district. Lawrence is a site fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi.
Michael Tutt is currently working as CMO for TMC in Fort Defiance, AZ. He is trained as an internist and rheumatologist. Interest includes traveling, farming, and natural medicine. Expand in the area of social injustice on the Navajo Reservation. Visited China, Libya, Turkey, Venezuela, Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Michael is a site fellow at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona.
Lena Wong was born and raised in the wonderland that is New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University as an undergrad where following a few trips overseas to South Africa and China, she saw the inequities in access to medicine and education and decided to go to medical school with an interest in international health. She moved to Philadelphia to attend medical school at Temple University, mostly to watch her beloved Flyers play. During that time, Lena was able to do medical work in Bolivia, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama and Tanzania, which served to solidify her goals in life. She went on to do a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Miami, working mostly in the county hospital. With the diversity in the patient population, ability to work with the underserved and a great exposure to tropical medicine, she travelled south for the first time in her life and found it warm and amazing. She worked with the international community on a daily basis but also had the chance to go to India, Costa Rica and Cambodia for rotations. Ultimately she wants to do public health based work overseas, specifically in Africa but also wants to focus on gender equality. Lena is a rotating fellow who will serve at Tuba City Regional Health Care in Tuba City, Arizona and at Possible in Nepal.