Christina Brakebill

Christina Brakebill was a rotating fellow at Chinle Indian Health Service in Chinle, Arizona and Partners in Health in Liberia (2017-2019).  She is a family nurse practitioner whose initial career was in biomedical research. She earned her bachelors of science degree in molecular physiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation she worked at Oregon Health and Sciences University in virology lab studying the Cytomegalovirus. She then joined the U.S. Peace Corps and served as a community health and HIV/AIDS extension volunteer in Malawi. As a result of her experiences living in a substance-farming village with a high rate of untreated HIV, Christina became determined to learn health care provision skills she could utilize in underserved communities globally. In 2013 Christina completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Since then she has worked in an integrated care clinic providing primary care to medically complex mentally ill, homeless, and substance abusing clients of a community mental health center in Chicago. During this time she also completed the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center’s yearlong HIV clinician scholars program and provided care to HIV positive adults. As a HEAL Initiative fellow Christina will expand her ability to provide health care across different cultural contexts and in under resourced settings. She looks forward to studying public health and has research interests in the role of community health workers as well as nurse practitioners in the global health context.

Field of work: Education, Family Medicine, Mental Health, Nursing, OB/GYN

Areas of interest: Provision of education to increase nursing capacity to care for the underserved