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Angelique C. Karambizi
Angelique C. Karambizi
Inshuti Mu Buzima

Angelique KarambiziAngelique C. Karambizi has been a clinician since 15 years and has always dreamt of being a pediatrician since her childhood. She grew up in Rwanda, and went to medical school and did her residency in pediatrics at the University of Rwanda. Thereafter, she had worked in a teaching hospital, where she mainly focused on clinical care delivery in the pediatric emergency and critical care departments, quality improvement projects, clinical teaching and research and guideline development. She is a clinical instructor for the ETAT+ and IMCI course, and enjoys coaching and mentoring doctors, medical interns and nurses on the wards. She actively participated in developing and updating clinical guidelines at national level such as the Neonatal Protocol, ETAT+ protocol, COVID-19 management in children and she is a member of the newborn sub-Technical working group in Rwanda. She is currently working with Partners in Health (PIH) in Rwanda, as a pediatrician but more specifically as the Pediatric Clinical Instructor. She is based in Kirehe District, one of the PIH sites in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Angelique believes that the more you are closer to the community, the more you understand the challenges and have the opportunity to deliver early treatment and advocate for the most vulnerable people. She is very excited to be part of a community that is dedicated to health equity and social justice.

 

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2021-2023
Anne Erickson
Anne Erickson
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Inshuti Mu Buzima
Anne Erickson, MDAnne Erickson grew up in Oakland, CA as the daughter of a teacher and a social worker. Her interests in rural and global medicine started in high school, when she spent two summers volunteering in Honduras and Panama with the nonprofit group Amigos de las Americas. She went on to take a gap year prior to college to work on public health studies in India, Mexico, and Brazil, further solidifying her interest in international medicine and especially in women’s health. She got her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. After college, she completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Mozambique, during which she studied the barriers to providing high-quality surgical care at district-level hospitals. She returned to Stanford for medical school, and then moved to Seattle, WA to complete her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Outside of medicine, her interests include rock climbing, distance running, and generally being in the outdoors! She is very excited to be joining the HEAL community, and to be working in New Mexico and Rwanda!

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2021-2023
Bronwyn Smith
Bronwyn Smith
Tuba City Regional Health Care
Bronwyn SmithBronwyn Smith grew up on the Navajo reservation in a small community called Lechee near Page, AZ. Her clans are Tl’izi lani (Manygoats clan), born for Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge clan), her maternal grandfather is Biih Bitoodnii (Deer Spring clan) and her paternal grandfather is Kiyaa’áanii (Towering House clan). Bronwyn earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Roseman University of Health Sciences in 2017 and went on to complete a PGY-1 pharmacy residency with Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) in Tuba City, Arizona. Prior to receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University in 2013. Bronwyn currently works as a clinical pharmacist at TCRHCC and is also a credentialed ambulatory care pharmacist who works in the pharmacy-based diabetes and anti-coagulation clinics. Witnessing and experiencing the healthcare inequities on the Navajo reservation growing up, Bronwyn found this to be her inspiration to pursue a career in healthcare. Identifying health inequities and finding solutions to increase opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who they are or where they live is one of Bronwyn’s career goals. She is honored to be joining the HEAL family and looks forward to learning from others. In her free time, Bronwyn enjoys spending time with family and running.
2021-2023
Brown David Khongo
Brown David Khongo
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo

Brown David KhongoBrown David Khongo was born and grew up in Usisya, Nkhatabay District of Northern Malawi. He completed his primary school at Nthembo School and his first two years of secondary school at Usisya Community Day Secondary School. Thereafter, Brown moved to Lilongwe where he completed the last two years of secondary education at Kamuzu Barracks Community Day Secondary School. He then enrolled at University of Malawi, College of Medicine in December 2011 where he successfully graduated with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in May 2016. Brown proceeded to completing his housemanship at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi between December 2016 and May 2018. Before he was attached at QECH as a houseman, Brown worked as a volunteer in a rural Community Hospital with Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU) from July to November 2016. He also got an attachment at PIH/APZU under the NCD BRITE internship from August 2018 to January 2019. Brown then fully joined PIH/APZU in January 2019 as a Medical Officer. Currently he is still working and growing with PIH/APZU as a Secondary Healthcare Manager with primary focus on provision of comprehensive and high quality healthcare services at the two hospitals in the district and the Integrated Chronic Care Clinics. Brown is passionate about serving the underprivileged/marginalized and advocating for social justice and health equity. He enjoys football and gym. Brown is a Site Fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo.

 

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2021-2023
Bruno Raúl Vargas García
Bruno Raúl Vargas García
Compañeros En Salud

Bruno Raúl Vargas GarcíaBruno Raúl Vargas García was born in the megalopolis that is today’s Mexico City, from a young age his family migrated to the state of Puebla, where he grew up in a modest town which name is as hard to pronounce as it is to find. He continued his education in a private school in the city of Puebla where he was unsettled by the inequality he saw between these two contexts. Once he terminated high school he worked in the USA as kitchen staff for half a year, and then started Med school in Mexico City. Where he rotated through various hospitals, witnessing the lack of social services that is given to those who are in a socioeconomic disadvantage. He then made his social service in Compañeros en Salud, where he discovers a new and completely distinctive approach to health that gave him the answer to so many unsettling things that saw through his life. Right now he is the clinical supervisor of 3 rural primary health centers in the Sierra of Chiapas where he gives accompaniment and counseling to this first year doctors that work as last mile healthcare workers. He has a profound respect and admiration for nature, he loves to admire the insects, flowers, trees, rivers, ponds and listen to all the songs that nature has. He loves all nature related activities like trekking, hiking, diving, kayaking, camping, birdwatching and is totally mad for long bicycle rides.

 

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2021-2023
Calandra Ahasteen
Calandra Ahasteen
Gallup Indian Medical Center

Calandra AhasteenCalandra Ahasteen is an enrolled member of the Navajo tribe. She was raised and lives on the Navajo Reservation. Calandra also spent many summers and weekends with her grandparents in Tolani Lake, AZ. She received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from University of New Mexico- Gallup and pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from University of New Mexico. Ms. Ahasteen has experience in Geriatric Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Diabetes Education and as Project Director for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) grant. Her present role is Performance Improvement Nurse and Planning Chief of the Covid-19 Incident Command System at Tohatchi Health Center with the Gallup Service Unit. She is excited to continue building upon her skill set in areas of Quality, Infection Prevention, Safety and Risk Management. Ms. Ahasteen is looking forward to the HEAL Fellowship and collaborating with other health care professionals who have the same desire to assist underserved populations. She is excited to build new partnerships to learn innovative strategies to support communities in achieving optimal health. Her interests are integrating behavior change models to support recovery and healing of underserved populations who suffer from historical trauma and adverse events. Ms. Ahasteen is excited to be a part of building community across HEAL sites for opportunities in knowledge sharing and focus on supporting communities to strive for good health and positive well-being. Calandra thanks Dr. Jennifer Bass and Bernadine John for their mentorship and providing invaluable encouragement. Calandra enjoys camping, kayaking, snowboarding & spending time with family.

 

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2021-2023
Chelsea Kettering
Chelsea Kettering
Navajo Area Indian Health Service

Chelsea KetteringDr. Chelsea Kettering is a member of the Navajo (Dine) tribe (Deeshchii’nii, Tachii’nii, Kinyaani, To’aheedliinii). Her educational achievements include Bachelor’s degrees in Music Vocal Performance and Psychology; a Masters degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences; and a Doctorate in Public Health with an Epidemiology specialization. Her dissertation focused on improving glucose screening rates for Native American postpartum mothers with gestational diabetes. Throughout her educational and professional journey, Chelsea has contributed to multiple taskforces with extensive focus in community health organizations, schools, hospitals, and tribal/state programs. She has partnered with organizations like the American Cancer Society, The Children’s Hospital, Navajo Nation, Indian Health Service, and OptumHealth New Mexico to assist with grant oversight, community assessments, and comprehensive strategies to address health disparities. She will be celebrating 10 years of marriage with her best friend, Aaron, and together they have two beautiful children. On her days off, you will often find Chelsea spending time with her family, running, sewing, traveling, reading, snowboarding, and/or attending concerts or musicals. As a Navajo woman that grew up in various locations across the world, her philosophical teachings encompass both Western and cultural views; which she strives to apply toward local community and public health programs. Her passion includes assisting in the development of culturally sensitive healthcare services, programs, and providing health education. Dr. Kettering has worked with the Navajo Indian Health Service for over five years and currently serves as the Epidemiology Co-Lead for the COVID19 pandemic response.

 

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2021-2023
Christina Elizabeth Knight
Christina Elizabeth Knight
Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility, Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo
Christina KnightChristina Knight was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and was adopted by her parents who are from Canton, Ohio which is where she grew up. Christina attended The Ohio State University for undergraduate studies and for medical school. She then completed her Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her passion for health equity and global health work was sparked from service trips to her home country of Guatemala. She has completed medical work in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Kenya. Her interests include global health education and providing culturally competent care to adults and children anywhere in the world. In her free time, Christina is an avid Ohio State and Cleveland sports fan, enjoys spending time outdoors, and also enjoys cooking or baking new recipes.
2021-2023
Dalia De la Cruz
Dalia De la Cruz
Natividad Medical Center

Dalia De la CruzDalia De la Cruz was born in the central coast of California in large farm working community. As the daughter of Mexican farm working immigrants, she set out from an early age to seek out a vocation that emphasized service to others. Upon completing high school she started working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and quickly found a passion for improving the health of others, especially the farm working community in which came from.

She pursued additional education, and obtained her LVN in 2009. She has worked at Natividad Hospital for 13 years, first as a CNA and for that last 12 years as an LVN in a primary care clinic, at Natividad Medical Group. She enjoys all aspects of her job, but finds most joy educating patients about their health and how to improve it. This year she was a key member of the hospital team who educated farmworkers on Covid-19, Spanish. Among her accomplishments she is most proud to be the mother of her two daughters who she hopes to inspire to pursue their dreams. They are her pride and joy, as well as her continuing inspiration to pursue further education. She intends to return to school and get her BSN in the next two years.

 

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2021-2023
Doris Altúzar
Doris Altúzar
Compañeros En Salud

Doris Altúzar was born and raised in different places of Chiapas, Mexico. She studied medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Since she was a medical student, she developed interest in working in rural communities of her state, which is why she did her year of social service with Compañeros en Salud in El Matasano, a community in the Sierra Madre of Chiapas. During that year, she realized that what she wanted to do with the rest of her life was dedicate herself to serving vulnerable populations. At the end of her year of social service in 2020, she returned as a COVID-19 response volunteer to Compañeros en Salud and then she worked providing care to patients with COVID-19 at the center for respiratory diseases that Compañeros en Salud set up in Jaltenango de la Paz. She recently began working supervising the clinical teams that provide care at the clinics of three communities where CES serves. She is excited to meet other HEAL fellows and learn more about Global Health.

2021-2023
Emmanuel Bua
Emmanuel Bua
Mbale Regional Referral Hospital Uganda

Emmanual BuaEmmanuel Bua is a registrar in surgery at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in eastern Uganda and an honorary lecturer in Surgery at Busitema University. Inspired by his mother, a nurse and midwife, he completed his medical school and residency in Mulago hospital under Makerere University in Kampala. He is a board certified member of the college of surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. His interactions with patients in the USA and Netherlands have given him a clear perspective of the healthcare systems in developed economies. He has also worked with the underserved and impoverished communities of Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya where he has experienced first-hand the importance of the social determinants of health and the need for robust healthcare systems. Over the years of his practice he has learnt that illness and health are intricately intertwined with socioeconomic conditions. He therefore believes in advocacy for healthcare that goes beyond just offering medical care. This, he believes is possible through addressing systemic factors that contribute to illness and access to health. He believes in global partnerships, clinical and social research, community engagement and support as important tools for advocacy. He hopes to use the HEAL fellowship to further strengthen his passion for leadership and advocacy in healthcare. Outside of his work he enjoys reading, traveling, making friends, singing, dancing salsa and food. He is excited to join HEAL COHORT 2021-2023.

 

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2021-2023
Emmanuel Saye Miller
Emmanuel Saye Miller
Last Mile Health

Emmanuel MillerEmmanuel Saye Miller was born in LAMCO, Yekepa, Nimba County. He is a registered nurse (RN), with an Associate degree from The Stella Maris Polythenic 2006. Emmanuel presently works as a quality assurance officer with Last Mile Health in Grand Bassa County along with the county health team. He supervises community health services supervisors (CHSS) who also cascade supervisory technique to community health assistants (CHA) in the remote communities of Liberia. Emmanuel’s main advocacy is bringing equity in health by balancing health needs between the underserved and those who have access. This has been achieved through partner shipping with the government of Liberia through the National Community Health Assistant program (NCHAP). Emmanuel has been developing the minds of the CHSS, who later provide mentorship for CHAs in remote communities of Liberia to work with their communities in providing quality health services at the peripheral. The goal of Emmanuel is to save life everywhere and everyday, with the mindset that since illness is universal health access should also be.

 

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2021-2023
Esperanza C. Sanchez
Esperanza C. Sanchez
Gallup Indian Medical Center

Esperanza C. Sanchez was born in Peru. Her mother is a South American Native, Quechua speaking and her late father was a mestizo. She grew up seeing the disparity between the natives and non natives in Peru. She was exposed to the needs of the community by her mother who was a nurse in Lima, Peru. Since little, she wanted to become a doctor to take care of her people. During the terrorism in Peru, her entire family left Peru and moved to the USA in search of the American dream. Esperanza went to Passaic Community College in Paterson NJ initially where she learned English and started taking college classes. Later, she transferred to Rutgers University where she major in Biology and Biochemistry. Her dream of becoming a doctor became a reality when she was accepted to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1996. She graduated medical school in May 2000 and started an Emergency Medicine Residency in New York Medical College Metropolitan Hospital in 2000. After finishing residency, she thought about the ideal work place, where she could practice medicine and serve a community in need. Esperanza had done an elective in IHS in her 4th year of medical school in Chinle, AZ and that experience created her desire to someday work with IHS. In August 11th 2003, she started her job at Gallup Indian Medical Center and has been there since then. She enjoys her family, hiking, camping and traveling. She is excited to embark on this journey.

 

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2021-2023
Kate Bergen
Kate Bergen
Compañeros En Salud
Kathryn BergenKate Bergen grew up outside of Atlanta, GA. Prior to college, she spent time living and working in Costa Rica in various capacities including projects with Habitat for Humanity. She obtained her undergraduate degree in political science at Armstrong Atlantic State University, followed by a masters in international affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She initially worked in the human rights field after college and spent time lobbying with Amnesty International and working with Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. She then decided to pursue a medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She recently completed her residency in family medicine at Brown. While in residency, she was involved in food insecurity research and also volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights via evaluating asylum-seekers and talking to Spanish-speaking prisoners regarding the COVID vaccine. She also spent a month with Medical Volunteers International in Athens, Greece, working in mobile clinics and street outreach programs and refugee camps outside of the city. Her passions and interests include social inequities of healthcare, maternal-child health, reproductive health, addiction medicine, and transgender care; she also enjoys being politically active when time allows and has previously lobbied for reproductive rights at local and national levels. Recreationally, she enjoys eating second breakfast, being outdoors and near or in water, spending time with her dog, sunset beach jogs, and a good glass of wine.
2021-2023
Kaylah B. Ibidapo
Kaylah B. Ibidapo
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Last Mile Health
Kaylah IbidapoKaylah Ibidapo is originally from Atlanta, GA. She received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in 2018 and continued on to complete her community general Pediatrics residency at Morehouse School of Medicine where she trained at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta while focusing her continuity clinic care in underserved clinics, primarily those focused on African American healthcare, in the metro Atlanta area. While obtaining her undergraduate degree at Georgia Southern University, she became a MHIRT (Minority Health International Research Training) Scholar which is an NIH funded grant for undergraduate students interested in pursuing global health field specialties. As such, she spent three months in Khon Kaen, Thailand where she developed an adolescent sexual health curriculum for teachers, parents, and teenagers in a nearby village with the intention of using prevention and education to decrease rising STD rates amongst adolescents in this village. Her interest in pursuing a career that incorporated global health continued from there. Kaylah loves all things outdoors, creating music playlists on Spotify, hiking, running outdoors, learning about pop culture, astrology, reading Black queer feminism poetry, make up artistry and watching RuPaul’s Drag Race religiously.
2021-2023
Kelly Bogaert
Kelly Bogaert
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Inshuti Mu Buzima
Kelly BogaertKelly Bogaert grew up in the mountains of Colorado. As an undergraduate at Dartmouth College, she studied International and Environmental Studies, which both piqued her initial interest in medicine. After college, she lived in Malawi, working on research related to severe acute malnutrition, and completed a Post-Bac program at UVM. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle for medical school, where she fell in love with women’s health while working on a project to improve evidence-based and respectful maternity care in Kenya. She completed her training in OB/GYN at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Caring for underserved women in Harlem and Queens has strengthened her desire to continue to work to create equitable healthcare for women worldwide. Outside the hospital, Kelly enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling, and baking cakes. She is immensely excited to be joining the HEAL community!
2021-2023
Kristin Nguyen
Kristin Nguyen
Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility, Dhulikhel Hospital
Kristin NguyenKristin Nguyen is originally from the Washington, D.C. area. Her parents immigrated from Vietnam during the war. Their refugee stories ignited Kristin’s interest in helping underserved populations globally. She became involved in the Amnesty International chapters at her high school and college at the University of Central Florida. She debated becoming a human rights lawyer, but ultimately decided to major in Molecular and Microbiology and attend medical school at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. While there, she was fortunate to have opportunities to do global health work, including two volunteer experiences in the Dominican Republic and one in Bolivia. She moved to San Francisco for psychiatry residency at UCSF. In addition to global mental health, she is particularly interested in cultural psychiatry, women’s mental health, and therapy. She enjoys playing tennis, getting lost in a book, and spending time with her cat, Halpert.
2021-2023
Pamela Etsitty
Pamela Etsitty
Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility

Pamela EtsittyPamela Etsitty is originally from Narrow Canyon, Arizona. She is of the Nat’oh Dine’e Tachii’nii (Tobacco/Red running into the water) clan and born for the Tl’izi lani (Many goats) clan. The Bit’ahniis (Within his cover) are her maternal grandfathers, and Todich’ii’niis (Bitter water) are her paternal grandfather clan. Pamela received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion emphasis on Community Education from Northern Arizona University of Arizona. Pamela works for Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare facility in Clinical and Community Nutrition for 13 years. She is committed to the development and strengthening of networks that support good health from new born to elders on the Navajo Nation reservation. She currently works as a lactation counselor, supporting baby-friendly at her worksite. Gardening and health coaching have been part of her work efforts. Pamela’s interests include hiking, running, renovations, basket weaving, photography, sewing and cooking. Pamela lives in Many Farms, Arizona with her husband and two kids, two cats and their dog, Peanut.

 

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2021-2023
Shaniya Wood
Shaniya Wood
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital

Shaniya Wood is a 25 year old Navajo, mother to Mason age 6 and Carter age 2. Shaniya and her family live in Naschitti, New Mexico. Shaniya currently works at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Hospital in Gallup, New Mexico at the specialty clinic as a Lead Medical Assistant. Shaniya finished school 2014 then went on to becoming a Medical Assistant in 2017. Shaniya has worked Oncology, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics before recently transferring into Urology, OB-GYN and General Surgery. Shaniya is very dedicated to her family, work and community. March of 2020 when the Coronavirus hit New Mexico Shaniya and her provider Dr. Caleb Lauber were sent to the local hotels in the Gallup community to care for over a total of 5,000 patients. Outside of spending most of her time at work Shaniya enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Shaniya is the oldest of 6 children, Shaniya has 3 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters. Shaniya and her family participate in traditional ceremonies and have traveled to over 30 states to do so. Shaniya also participates in powwow dancing, Shaniya is a jingle dress dancer and has been dancing for almost 20 years. When Shaniya has the time she keeps busy by beading or sewing for family and friends. Shaniya is very passionate about what she does and she wishes to continue to help anyone she can.

 

 

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2021-2023
Youssouf Keita
Youssouf Keita
Muso

Youssouf KeitaYoussouf Keita was born and raised in Bamako, the capital of Mali. He obtained his Doctorate in Medicine degree from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine and Odonto-Stomatology in Mali in 2011. He started working the same year as a Research Assistant at the Center of Expertise and Research in Telemedicine. From 2014 to the present day, he has worked for the NGO Muso where he has occupied various positions including community health worker (CHW) Manager, Training Director and, since 2017, Innovation and Training Director. He has also been involved in a lot of operational research and in responding to Muso’s strategic questions. In his spare time, he enjoys taking care of animals (including a horse, sheep, ducks and turkeys) and watching movies. He is a fellow at Muso in Mali.

 

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2020-2022
Zac Tabb
Zac Tabb
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Last Mile Health
Zac TabbZac Tabb grew up in the Bay Area, CA and after college left the state for the first time to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. Inspired by his work with community health workers, he decided to pursue a career in medicine, determined to return to work in resource-restricted settings for his career. He took a year off from medical school in Rhode Island to work as a Fogarty Global Health Fellow in Tanzania during which he focused on adolescents living with HIV and their mental health. He completed training in a Global Child Health Residency pediatrics program in Texas and now is excited to learn from and work alongside communities in New Mexico and Liberia. His guiding principles hinge on health equity and accompaniment making the HEAL Fellowship an ideal fit for his praxis and philosophy. In his free time, he longs to be outdoors, loves writing, and seeks out learning about traditional board games of the communities where he’s worked and lived.
2021-2023
Zena Salim
Zena Salim
Tuba City Regional Health Care, Inshuti Mu Buzima
Zena SalimZena Salim completed her internal medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and attended medical school at Michigan State University. She is originally from Kenya but grew up across many states including Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, and California. Her personal experience with her family members in Kenya along with refugee camps she volunteered with stimulated a passion in global medicine. She’s excited to be a part of the HEAL community and to dedicate her career to learning and focusing on low resource healthcare settings. In her free time, she can be found eating ice cream, traveling, or spending time with family.
2021-2023

Anne-Marie Williams
Anne-Marie Williams
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Last Mile Health

Anne-Marie is a Family Physician with a strong interest in reproductive justice and compassionate addiction and mental health care. She has long felt a pull to work in partnership with vulnerable people, and has sought out opportunities to work globally since her work with Amnesty International in high school. Originally from Chicago, Anne Marie went to medical school at Harvard and completed her Family Medicine residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington where she worked at a public health clinic serving patients from all over the world and people experiencing homelessness. Anne Marie loved the family medicine rotation she did in Navajo Nation in medical school and is excited to be returning. Anne Marie is grateful for the opportunities she’s had to participate in maternal and community health projects in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Malawi, and can’t wait to join Last Mile Health in Liberia. Anne Marie enjoys cultivating houseplants, and while she is sad to part with the plants she’s parented in residency, she is excited to move somewhere sunny enough to grow succulents! She also enjoys cooking and reading fiction and poetry. She is hoping post-residency life provides some opportunities to reconnect with other hobbies like making ceramics, writing poetry, and playing guitar.

2020-2022
Ariel Allee-Jumbo
Ariel Allee-Jumbo
Northern Navajo Medical Center

Ariel Allee-Jumbo grew up between Chinle, Arizona and Mancos, Colorado. She lives on a small farm in Mancos with her husband and brood of animals. She earned her first degree in geography from University of Colorado in 2012. She quickly realized she had to stop resisting following in her mother’s footsteps and go to nursing school. In 2016, she earned her BSN from Colorado State University Pueblo. She started her career as an obstetric nurse at Chinle Healthcare Facility. She fell in love with women’s and neonatal health. In line with this passion, Ariel earned her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant license. In 2018, she transitioned into the lead nurse position in the outpatient women’s health clinic at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico. Her professional goals include strengthening and adapting the integrative women’s health experience within the IHS to include contraception, peripartum care, breastfeeding support, physical therapy, perimenopausal care, and mental health in the same clinic. She enjoys all the outdoor activities the Southwest has to offer; spending her time on a raft, mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and gardening.

2020-2022
Casey Sautter
Casey Sautter
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Inshuti Mu Buzima

Casey Sautter is the daughter of two veterinarians and grew up on a sheep farm in rural Minnesota. She studied chemistry at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI before completing a master’s degree in infectious diseases, vaccinology, and drug discovery as a joint degree from the University of Basel in Switzerland and the National University of Singapore. She then returned to her home state for medical school at the University of Minnesota as a third-generation Golden Gopher. She initially started medical school with the intent to become an infectious disease physician, however, she fell head over heels for women’s health, reproductive justice, and life in the operating room. While in medical school, she completed a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship and spent a year in Uganda. Following medical school, she stayed in the Midwest and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Within women’s health, she has particular interests in reproductive infectious disease, family planning, and general obstetrics and gynecology. She is looking forward to the HEAL fellowship as an opportunity to become a part of a global community working toward health equity among all people and populations. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring new places, yoga, scuba diving, cooking (and eating!) vegetarian dishes, and trying to keep up with the news and politics.

2020-2022
Deidre Tomlinson
Deidre Tomlinson
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services

Deidre Tomlinson was born and bred from none other than the Navajo Reservation in Gallup, New Mexico, maternal association of Oozei Tachii’nii (Red Running into the water people/ Hopi clan), paternally Biih Bitoodnii (Deer spring clan), maternal grandfather, Hasht l ‘ishnii (Mud clan), and paternal grandfather, Honaghaahnii (One walks around clan). In years past, Deidre has worked as a certified nursing assistant, while simultaneously educating herself to earn a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) license. Presently, while working full-time as a CMA at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS) with the outpatient OBGYN department, she is also taking classes with University of New Mexico in Gallup in hopes of ultimately obtaining her Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Deidre not only helps with treating patients in the outpatient clinic, but she also assists with the newly implemented outreach Women’s Health mobile unit as a CMA so that women living in rural areas of the Navajo Reservation have equitable access to healthcare, just as one would at an established healthcare facility. Deidre is extremely passionate about helping others and ensuring access to healthcare does not discriminate against race, color, religion, culture, etc. Outside of working to help provide her community and people with adequate access and resources to healthcare, Deidre enjoys traveling to new areas, hiking, listening to music, spending copious amounts of time with her family and husband, and watching movies.

2020-2022
Denee Bex
Denee Bex
Tséhootsooí Medical Center

Denee Bex is currently a Registered Dietitian employed with Tséhootsooí Medical Center and an advocate for healthy traditional Navajo diets and home-grown foods in Native communities. She was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation. Her mother’s family is from Tselaní-Cottonwood and she is Naneesht’azhí Ta’chii’nii (Zuni Division of Red Running into the Water Clan) and born for Ma’ii deeshgiizhnii (Coyote Pass Clan). She received her formal education from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics in 2011 and from New Mexico State University with a Master of Public Health with a focus on community health education in 2017. Her concentration is in diabetes nutrition, but also has experience as a WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutritionist and nutrition blogger. Denee believes that her community must grow from within and that being healthy is not a one-size fits all. For many years, nutrition was viewed with a Western lens, but nutrition education in the Navajo community must include the customs, norms, values, and beliefs of the Navajo people for it to be impactful. She also writes gardening articles for a local Native newspaper and works with community organizations to encourage families to start growing their own food. Denee is proud that her formal knowledge is useful to the people she loves. Outside of nutrition and gardening, she enjoys learning how to weave Navajo rugs, hiking, cooking, and watching Star Trek. Denee lives in Fort Defiance, Arizona with her husband and 2 rez dogs turned couch-loungers, Gigi and Pepper.

2020-2022
Eva Studer
Eva Studer
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility, Possible

Eva Studer was born and raised in a small town in central Texas. Her interest in international service began when her parents moved the family to Ghana as missionaries in the 1990’s. After receiving her undergraduate degree in philosophy at Baylor University, she spent a year volunteering as a schoolteacher in rural Honduras. She then completed her MD at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where she spent 9 months in France and 3 months in Argentina completing global health electives. Eva’s interest in other cultures, languages, and stories drew her to psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas. During that time she created a global mental health elective in Colombia and helped initiate a psychological evaluation program for refugees seeking asylum in Austin. In addition to global mental health, her interests include refugee mental health, integrated behavioral health, and community psychiatry. In her free time she enjoys spending time in nature and with friends. Eva is excited to begin a new chapter of learning and growth with the HEAL Initiative in Nepal and Chinle.

2020-2022
Eyea Mulbah
Eyea Mulbah
Last Mile Health

Eyea Mulbah is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing former community health services supervisor within the National Community Health Assistant Program (NCHAP) and is currently a quality assurance officer at Last Mile Health in Liberia. As a quality assurance officer, she is responsible in advocating for program quality for national community health assistants at a district level, supporting community health services supervisors (CHSS) and community health assistants (CHA), identifying program gaps and assisting in the development of CHSS and CHA trainings. Eyea Mulbah along with a team of Last Mile staffs with diverse professional knowledge and skills ensure health equity in Liberia, regardless of geographical location, social or economic status by taking health to the country’s most remote communities. Eyea was born September 5, 1980, in the north of Liberia (Lofa County) and has five siblings and two children. She is goal-oriented and appreciates cultural diversity. She loves listening to music, attending parties, and making new friends.

2020-2022
Farrah Begay
Farrah Begay
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility

With great appreciation, Farrah Begay has been a Diabetes Health Coach at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility for the past 8 years. Farrah Begay is from the Lukachukai, Arizona community, an hour’s drive from Chinle. She attended Dine College in Tsaile, AZ to obtain her Associates of Science degree and transferred to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ for her Bachelors’ of Health Sciences. She loves to work with patients who need the support in making healthy changes and to make her patients feel safe and heard. She has a passion for utilizing Motivational Interviewing and Brief Action Planning when working with her patients. She would love to teach others working in clinics in other locations on the Navajo Nation about health coaching. Farrah has also worked with COPE program to support Community Health Workers using Motivational Interviewing skills in Navajo. In her spare time, Farrah loves the outdoors and has an interest in running, cleaning, and being with her family and her beautiful three girls. With her passion of running and working with people, she had the opportunity to coach the Division III Men’s’ and Women’s’ Cross Country team for Dine College.

2020-2022
Gloriana Woodie
Gloriana Woodie
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation

Gloriana was raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. She has spent most of her career working in the health field. She completed her undergraduate studies from Northern Arizona University; and a master’s degree in Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She is currently working as a clinical counselor for the Mental Health, Internal and Family Medicine clinics. Also, co-chairs on the pain management committee for the TCRHCC service unit. She is motivated by serving in the role of expanding mental health services to a rural population using an integrated care program approach. She is of the Salt People Clan. Ashiihi. Gloriana makes the most out of spending quality time with family. She is appreciative for the support and encouragement from HEAL Alumni colleagues.

2020-2022
James Jackson
James Jackson
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility, Possible

James Jackson was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where he majored in Russian with a concentration in Biochemistry. After college, he returned to the Bluegrass to complete his medical studies at the University of Kentucky. In medical school, James enjoyed studying ethics and medical humanities, and graduated from the global health track. He matched into a 5-year combined residency program in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa. There, he pursued added training in leadership and hospice and palliative medicine. James feels fortunate to have participated in several domestic and international health opportunities. He is excited to join the HEAL team to gain experience in effective health partnership towards a career in medical education and diplomacy.

2020-2022
Joseph Pummer
Joseph Pummer
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Compañeros en Salud

Joe is originally from Colorado, where he attended the University of Northern Colorado to study Sports and Exercise Science. He went to the University of Queensland/Ochsner School of Medicine, and recently finished family medicine training at the Montana Family Medicine Residency. During residency, he took care of many patients from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes, as well as spent some time on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He was able to spend a month working in Malawi, and also previously volunteered in Kenya, Peru and Colombia. Through these experiences, Joe cultivated a passion for providing health care to those most in need. Working at the Gallup Indian Medical Center, and with Compañeros en Salud, is the perfect marriage of his interests in global health and service to marginalized indigenous groups. Joe is thrilled to join the HEAL team and can’t wait to explore the food, culture, and outdoor offerings of both Old and New Mexico.

2020-2022
Kiki Wato
Kiki Wato
Northern Navajo Medical Center

Born and raised on the Diné Nation reservation, Kiki Wato is Tl’izi lani (Many Goats clan) and born for Naasht’ezhi dine’e (Zuni Pueblo clan). His maternal grandparents are Tsin sikaadnii (Clamp tree clan) and paternal grandparents are Naasht’ezhi dine’e (Zuni Pueblo clan). While helping raise two beautiful daughters with his wonderful wife, he completed his undergraduate studies in Behavioral Sciences and received a master’s degree from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. He is an Indian Health Services Scholar. Currently, Kiki works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, NM. He has been with Indian Health Services for 15 years. Kiki is passionate about standing up for human rights and justice and giving a voice to the unheard and marginalized populations. He looks forward to strengthening his leadership skills and learning and growing from a community that is dedicated to serving the underserved. Kiki attributes his cultural identity, traditional values, strong faith, and kindhearted spirit to the strong, amazing, and inspiring women in his life. Kiki loves spending time with his wife and two daughters; he enjoys running, biking, fishing, camping, watching sports, and traveling.

2020-2022
Leonora Shurley
Leonora Shurley
Tsehootsooi Medical Center

Leonora Shurley is a registered nurse at Tsehootsooi Medical Center. She has worked over 20 years in the Emergency Department as a nurse, charge nurse, educator and mentor.

2020-2022
Patrice Zigrossi
Patrice Zigrossi
Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation, Muso

Patrice Zigrossi is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She went to the University of Notre Dame where she majored in French with a focus on francophone African literature. While at Notre Dame, she also minored in Poverty Studies where she partook in service learning projects working with refugees in Atlanta and with children in Mbour, Senegal. After university, Patrice went to Eastern Virginia Medical School and then returned to her hometown to complete her internal medicine residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the global health track. She spent four months of her residency as a clinical instructor in Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi and is passionate about medical education. She is a certified HIV specialist and divides her clinic time between an HIV primary care clinic and the Birmingham Free Clinic in Pittsburgh. She also did a rotation on the Navajo reservation as an intern in Chinle, Arizona, and returned to the reservation at Tuba City as a third-year resident to assist with the COVID-19 response. She will be working in Tuba City Regional in Tuba City, Arizona and at Muso in Bamako, Mali.

2020-2022
Peter Barebwanuwe
Peter Barebwanuwe
Inshuti Mu Buzima

Peter was born and raised in the Eastern province of Rwanda. He has his Masters in Public Health and Bachelors of Science in Public Health. Peter has worked for Partners In Health, Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) for over 11 years. Currently, he is the Director of Social and Community Medicine at IMB. His primary responsibilities include leading social medicine and palliative care rotations for medical students under the Department of Primary Health Care at the University of Rwanda. He is also a facilitator for a community-based education program at the University of Global Health Equity and for a Global Social Medicine course that starts in Uganda and Rwanda. Prior to becoming the Director of Social Medicine, Peter worked as a research department assistant, research teaching assistant and palliative care coordinator in non-communicable diseases at IMB. 

2020-2022
Romany Redman
Romany Redman
Tséhootsooí Medical Center, Last Mile Health

Romany Redman grew up in Spokane, Washington. She has a bachelor’s degree in Russian and lived in Siberia for two years working with a street outreach harm reduction program and later in a regional Tuberculosis hospital. After returning to the US, she completed her medical school training at the University of Colorado where she was a part of the urban underserved track and had the opportunity to work on community-based participatory research with the fine team at C-STAHR (Community and Students Together Against Healthcare Racism). C-STAHR develops interventions to decrease the effects of discrimination in clinical settings. Also while in Colorado, Romany began working with immigrant and refugee home visiting programs. She then moved to Salt Lake City for combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at the University of Utah. In residency, she partnered with a local resettlement agency to grow health promotion home visiting programs with newly resettled refugee families. Romany loves nordic skiing, hiking, contra dancing, postcrossing, and jamming at Celtic music sessions with her fiddle. She even played fiddle in one of the first Siberian Irish pub bands before moving back stateside for medical school.

2020-2022
Ryan Shields
Ryan Shields
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Inshuti Mu Buzima

Born in Seattle, Washington, Ryan spent most of his childhood outside of Detroit, Michigan. He became interested in medicine while studying biology and sociology at Amherst College in Massachusetts and working in a hospital in Lop Buri, Thailand. After graduating, Ryan spent a year studying healthcare redevelopment after civil war and genocide as a Watson Fellow. During his time in medical school at Johns Hopkins University, Ryan worked on medical education projects focused on cross-cultural pedagogy and sexual and gender minorities. He then went on to complete a residency in Ob/Gyn at Yale New Haven Hospital where he was lucky to spend time working in northern Uganda, confirming his desire to work within global women’s health.  Ryan also spends a lot of time at the yoga studio, cooking meals with friends, attempting to do the New York Times crossword, and trying to find any opportunity to go scuba diving. He is excited to be part of such a passionate community dedicated to health equity and social justice.

2020-2022
Saad Sahi
Saad Sahi
Northern Navajo Medical Center, Mbale Regional Referral Hospital

Saad Sahi was born in Lahore, Pakistan and just a few months later his family started their decades long journey across continents for his father’s work assignments. Growing up in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Holland, and Canada, Saad moved to the United States as a sophomore in high school. During his time in America, he has lived in Boston, New York City, Detroit, and now Austin, TX. All of these moves, and each seemingly more than the last, have continued to shape Saad’s perspective on the world in which we live. Although he studied philosophy in college and later even had a brief stint in the fashion industry, it was a documentary film about the work of Doctors Without Borders that first inspired Saad to pursue a career in medicine. Since that initial screening, each chapter of his life has brought with it more insight into the world of global health. Over the last five years, while training as a general surgery resident, he grew to appreciate the role that surgeons can play in ensuring global health equity. Today, he is excited to embark on his own journey by committing to a career focused on safely delivering essential surgical care globally through the lens of design thinking. Discovering the HEAL Initiative only reinforced this commitment for Saad, and he is humbled by the opportunity to learn from and to collaborate with the HEAL community, one that is truly representative of the people whom it serves.

2020-2022
Sadoscar Hakizimana
Sadoscar Hakizimana
Inshuti Mu Buzima

Dr. Sadoscar Hakizimana is a medical doctor from Burundi with over 15 years in healthcare and research. He holds a medical degree from the University of Burundi. He completed his residency in Gynecology and obstetrics from the University of Rwanda. He is currently working with Partners In Health/Rwanda as Obstetrician & Gyenecologist based in Kirehe District Hospital in East Province. He also served as senior consultant and Chief of Maternity Department clinics and hospitals across Burundi and Rwanda. Sadoscar has expertise in the area of maternal, newborn and child care and community health. He has developed extensive experience collaborating with local and international stakeholders in the design and implementation of interventions, including developing a maternal mortality and morbidity reduction strategy using quality improvement technics and collaborative strategies. He actively contributed to develop a the Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal care guidelines (EmONC) which is currently used across district hospitals. Dr. Sadoscar has interest and expertise in obstetric fistula repair and in pelvic surgery, work he partnered with International Organization for Women and Development (IOWD) for 6 years. He is currently involved in a number of training and mentorship for junior staff including nurses and GPs in increasing capacity in surgical and obstetric care. From the beginning of the COVID-19, Dr Sadoscar has been nominated to advise the hospital and district preparedness and response task force.

2020-2022
Samuel Hatfield
Samuel Hatfield
Inshuti Mu Buzima, UCSF Medical Center

Sam Hatfield finished his training in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Before that, he grew up to the cadence of a military family, moving frequently across states and countries. He completed his degree in Biochemistry at the University of Idaho before obtaining his medical degree at Tulane University in New Orleans. Sam has had the good fortune to complete clinical work with underserved groups as diverse as the Houma tribes in rural Louisiana to the Wolof and Mandinka communities of The Gambia. He also completed research with a diverse lab group in Northern Germany before starting medical school. His medical philosophy developed treating the rich cultural array of individuals in New Orleans and Houston, from migrant communities, to refugees, to the incarcerated. He hopes to utilize HEAL to further strengthen his ability to develop and improve health systems, build clinical skills in resource limited settings, and further study health disparities in chronically underserved domestic communities. He hopes to use these skills to conscientiously treat neglected communities, promote advocacy work, and train the next generation of empathic healers. Outside of work, he likes to remain active running, biking, snowboarding and surfing. He enjoys creating art, poetry, and playing music. He is excited to join the HEAL cohort for 2020-2022.

2020-2022
Shawnell Damon
Shawnell Damon
Navajo Area Indian Health Service

Shawnell Damon is the granddaughter of the late Molly Damon, the late Code Talker, Anson Damon, Sr., and the daughter of Lucinda Damon from Old Sawmill, AZ. Shawnell’s born for the Ashiihi and her paternal clans are bilaganna, her cheii’s are Todichii nii. Shawnell is the mother of two lovely little girls, Avianna Damon- Showalter and Giselle Damon- Showalter. She was born and raised on the Navajo Nation. Shawnell Damon is the Health Promotion Disease Prevention (HPDP) Coordinator across Navajo Area Indian Health Service. She works to implements and evaluate HPDP programs that include teaching and training through public health activities and events which focuses on self-awareness, health literacy, and cultural competency that may be applied to elevate health status physically, mentally, and spiritually. She edited the Navajo Wellness Model and hosted the training in the Winter in the month January, 2020 and was delegated Epidemiology Chief for COVID-19 for the Service Units and Acting Area Diabetes Coordinator.

2020-2022

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