Global WACh Graduate Certificate Program

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Why WACh?

The Global WACh Certificate program was created to give a comprehensive overview of current issues in global health as they pertain to the intertwined health and well-being of women, adolescents, and children. Graduates of the program will gain mentorship, base knowledge and skills, and hands-on practical experience in global health fields related to women, adolescents, and children.

Our Interdisciplinary Approach

Graduate students enrolled in the Global WACh certificate program are from a variety of backgrounds, with different interests related to women, adolescent and child health. Our certificate program includes a broad range of courses that count towards certificate credits. Topics include:

  • Infant, Child, Adolescent health
  • Nutrition
  • Policy & Health Assessment
  • Reproductive Health
  • Pharmacy & Environment
  • Maternal Child Health
  • Global Health

See the tabs below for Certificate application materials, requirements, and profiles on current Certificate students and alumni.

Who should apply?

Students enrolled in any University of Washington graduate school program are welcome to apply. Applications for the certificate program are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. To apply, please send all completed documents (below) to Kate Pfizenmaier, Global WACh Program Manager, at kpfiz1@uw.edu.

What is required to complete the certificate?

  • 15 Total Credits. 
    • 7 Core Credits
    • 5 Elective Credits
    • 3 Capstone Credits (30 hour equivalent)
  • Attend at least 6 Certificate Program monthly meetings
  • Capstone Project. 
    • The Global WACh Capstone requirement is a 3-credit Independent Study project required to complete the Certificate and is separate from your master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Guidelines, information on selecting a faculty adviser, and examples of capstone projects are linked in the resources tab. With questions, please email kpfiz1@uw.edu.

Below are a course checklist and approved elective list that can be used to track progress towards completion of the program.

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Baishakhi Basu, Ph. D., Biocultural Anthropology and MPH, Global Health

Baishakhi Basu is a doctoral candidate of Biocultural anthropology. Her research aims to investigate the effect of early-life nutrition on ovarian development and reproductive function in women. She currently is conducting her dissertation fieldwork in Matlab, a remote sub-district of Bangladesh. In August 2013, Baishakhi successfully conducted her pilot work funded by pilot grants awarded by Medical anthropology and Global Health as well as the Dept. of Anthropology. Baishakhi serves as a teaching assistant in Biocultural Anthropology. Baishakhi was an awardee of the Wadsworth international doctoral fellowship from 2010 to 2013. She earned her MA in biocultural anthropology in 2012 from U of Washington. She also held a CSDE (Centre for Studies in Demography and Ecology) fellowship in 2010. Baishakhi has volunteered and interned for projects on environmental action plan, and maternal and neonatal health.

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Alyssa Bosold, MPH, Maternal and Child Health

Alyssa Bosold is a Masters of Public Health student in the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program. She is currently interning at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board where she is focused on MCH for American Indian tribes in the Northwest. Before pursuing her graduate degree, Alyssa served with AmeriCorps on the Blackfeet Reservation, where she concentrated on capacity building for a teen pregnancy/parenting program. She also worked for two years with the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program at the Florida Department of Health in Broward County in tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease prevention. She has BA from Gettysburg College in Environmental Studies & Globalization Studies, with a Women’s Studies minor, and concentrated her undergraduate research on the intersection of gender, health, and the environment in Vietnam. Alyssa is passionate about promoting health equity for women and girls in the US and globally, particularly through reproductive justice.

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Shelley Brandstetter, DNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Shelley Brandstetter became interested in global health when she volunteered with Amigos de las Americas as a 16-year-old. Vaccinating dogs, cats, and even one monkey against rabies in rural Bolivia was not the typical way for teenagers from her Ohio hometown to spend their summers. She went on to graduate from Kent State University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and work as a registered nurse in various intensive care units across the United States. She also volunteered with International Children’s Heart Fund in Ecuador, and Novack Cardiac Alliance in Honduras, supporting and educating local nurses to care for pediatric open heart surgery patients. Shelley is now a student in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at the University of Washington, specializing in Pediatrics. She works at Seattle Children’s Hospital in the recovery room and interns at PATH on their human milk banking project. She participates in Graduate and Professional Student Senate as a senator for family/child nursing and is a co-lead for the Global Health Nursing Committee. After graduation, she plans to split her time between pediatric primary care and programs that strengthen systems and support local health care workers.

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Yilin Chen, MPH, Global Health

As one of the first Global Health undergraduates in China, Yilin Chen received a fellowship from the China Medical Board to earn a MPH at the University of Washington. She has previous research experience from working in China and Canada. She is currently completing her practicum with the GO Health Fellowship in Kenya, working with a Chinese multinational company and a local social enterprise to utilize data from hospital management systems for decision-making and to develop a project to deliver life-saving commodities to pregnant women in rural Kenya. Her vision is to improve access to affordable health services, medicines, and technologies through a sustainable approach while strengthening the entire health system, especially among women, adolescents, and children. Her areas of interest are in health service delivery and health information system strengthening. Yilin also has a huge interest in China’s aid and investment in Africa, with a focus on social justice.

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Shawna Collins, MSW

Shawna Collins originates from a small town in Southern New Hampshire. She moved to Seattle 14 years ago and reside in the city with her child. She is a MSW student working toward her Masters in Social work with a concentration in policy and administrations. She received her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Washington and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has worked for a wide variety of non-profit organizations and has a passion for working with youth. Her research interest centers around detrimental immigration policies and the impact disarticulation has on families’ health and mental health, specifically women and children.  Her goal is to bring in to focus the disparities, these policies are having on refugee women and children in the hope changes can be made to better address the health inequities. One of her professional and personal goals is to work with immigrant populations internationally specifically around policies that focus on the unification of families.

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Chantal Donahue, MPH, Global Health

Chantal Donahue is an MPH student in the Department of Global Health. She previously attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, graduating with a BA in Psychology. Prior to attending UW, Chantal was a Community Health Development Agent with the Peace Corps in rural Burkina Faso, where she collaborated with local health care workers and community volunteers to implement numerous health education programs targeted at maternal, child, and adolescent health and empowerment. Chantal hopes to continue working with adolescents through conducting qualitative research on the facilitators and barriers of accessing health and support services available to adolescents in northern Côte d’Ivoire. Chantal is particularly interested in the promotion of family planning, reproductive health and rights, and female empowerment.

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Jaclyn Escudero, MPH, Global Health

Jaclyn Escudero is a first-year MPH student in the Department of Global Health. She graduated in 2012 from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she studied Psychology and Health Sciences. She began her journey in global health when she joined the Peace Corps as a Community Health Educator in Cameroon, where she implemented a hygiene and sanitation improvement project to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS in her community. She is currently working as a Research Assistant for Global WACh, investigating PrEP adherence in adolescent girls and young women. Jaclyn is interested in reproductive health education and access, as well as mental health of incarcerated and recently incarcerated women.

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Hannah Frizzell, Ph. D., Bioengineering

Hannah Frizzell is a third year Ph. D. student in the department of Bioengineering. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin and completed a minor in Spanish. She is currently a graduate research fellow working with Dr. Kim A. Woodrow, focusing on mucosal immunoengineering, vaccines, drug delivery, and how these relate to women’s and children’s health on a global scale. Her current work is centered around improving oral vaccination through the combination of biotechnology and immunology. Hannah is the Vice President of Funding at UW’s Bioengineers without Borders, which develops medical devices for resource-limited areas. She mentors a teams focused on a low-cost device for diagnosis of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women. Hannah is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Roche/Achievement Awards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholar. As she progresses in her field, she hopes to apply both her technical background and experience from the Global WACh program to create and integrate medical technologies into communities to improve their accessibility and thus ultimate effectiveness in improving health globally.

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Sheldon Halsted, MPH, Global Health

Sheldon Halsted is a MPH student in the Department of Global Health. Sheldon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University where she studied Psychology and Education. After graduating from Georgetown, she moved to South Africa where she worked for Grassroots Soccer, a non-profit that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. Sheldon worked as a programs intern at a Grassroots Soccer site in the township of Soweto. Since returning to the U.S., Sheldon has worked as a Fundraising Associate for a non-profit organization that supports an all-girls boarding school in Kenya. Outside the classroom, she interns at I-TECH to support the Haiti team in their clinical mentoring evaluation to assess whether the program has contributed to improvements in quality of HIV/AIDS care. Sheldon was recently accepted as a SCOPE fellow and will be working in Ethiopia this upcoming summer and fall with the University of Gondar study team to conduct focus groups with pregnant women, male partners, and religious leaders.

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Elizabeth Karman, MPH, Global Health

Elizabeth Karman is a MPH student in the department of Global Health. She previously attended the University of Washington School of Nursing and graduated with a BSN. After working for several years as a bedside nurse, Elizabeth served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Malawi, where she worked with her community to develop adolescent health education interventions. Upon returning to the US, Elizabeth worked in the field of clinical research, as the nurse manager of a non-profit clinical research center. Elizabeth’s research interests are centered on adolescent health education and access to care in low resource settings, including menstrual health management and sexual and reproductive health.

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Wamaitha Kiarie, MPA

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Sharon Kiche, MPH, Global Health

Sharon Kiche is a MPH student in the Department of Global Health. Sharon graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College where she studied Sociology and Chemistry. After graduating from Whitman, she worked as a Public Health intern in Philadelphia with Bebashi-Transition to Hope where she helped provide a continuum of free care involving culturally sensitive and competent community education on HIV, STI as well as pregnancy counseling and testing services, cessation of drug use and medical case management. She is currently a graduate research assistant contributing to a diverse group of researchers working on implementing spirometry programs in developing countries (FA 2020). She also supports a number of studies focused on the implementation and dissemination of evidence based mental health treatments for children and adolescents as part of the University of Washington School Mental Health Assessment, Research & Training Center (SMART). Sharon is particularly keen to work with reproductive health and especially obstetric fistula survivors.

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Melissa Krell, DNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Melissa Krell is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2010 from Whitworth University and had her first experience in global health while volunteering in Tanzania as a Registered Nurse (RN) after graduation. Although she initially worked in the U.S. as an adult cardiac nurse, Melissa realized after her second trip to East Africa in 2012 that a career in pediatrics was her calling. She is passionate about improving the health of children and adolescents and is especially interested in working to change local and global policies to positively impact the health of children over their entire lifetime. Melissa plans to work as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner to provide care and promote wellness for underserved populations in Seattle. She is looking forward to using what she has learned from the Global WACh program to be an advocate for children and their families.

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Erin LePoire, MPH, Maternal and Child Health

Erin LePoire is a second year MPH student in health services with a focus on maternal and child health. She is also a LEND fellow at the University of Washington. She currently works for the non-profit  Plus One Foundation and is conducting a practicum for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) where she will present findings on her systematic review of genetic testing and counseling knowledge and attitudes among the U.S. non-provider populations. Erin also is working with researchers at SeaMar to conduct a study on prenatal care and customs among indigenous women from Mexico and Guatemala. Erin has two undergraduate degrees, a B.S. in human development and family studies with a concentration in child and adolescent development, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Illinois. Erin is passionate about eliminating health disparities, especially among women of minority populations.

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Kellie List, MPA

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Katherine Ly, MPH, Environmental & Occupational Health

Katherine Ly is a South Seattleite pursuing a MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health. Prior to UW, she served as a Wellness Intern and Resident Advisor at Wesleyan University, where she received her Bachelor’s in Neuroscience & Behavior and Science in Society. She is interested in the interface between science and population health, environmental justice, displacement, and community health. In the future, she hopes to build close relationships with immigrant families locally in primary care.

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Chen-Yu Ma, MPH, Global Health

Originally from Taiwan, Chen-Yu earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Medical Anthropology from UW. He is aspiring to devote his life to promote, maintain, and restore maternal and child health and well-being through practices of medicine, leadership and management, and advocacy. Chen-Yu’s research interests include prevention and treatment of maternal and pediatric HIV and health system strengthening for maternal and child health (MCH). Prior to attending graduate school, Chen-Yu served in Madagascar as a community health advisor with Peace Corps, where he collaborated with community health center and USAID Mikolo to address MCH issues. Chen-Yu also worked as a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) associate with Catholic Relief Services, providing technical and programmatic assistance to a local NGO, Organe de Développement du Diocèse de Toamasina to support the development of M&E tools for MCH projects. They also trained and supervised health promoters who oversaw activities in two districts of Atsinanana region in eastern Madagascar.

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Marissa Masidhas, DNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Nuttada Panpradist, Ph.D., Bioengineering

Originally from Thailand, Nuttada Panpradist aspires to become a professor of bioengineering so that she can remain engage in the areas she is passionate about: medicinal science, technology, healthcare and teaching. Currently, Nuttada is a PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering under the supervision of Dr. Barry Lutz. Her research focuses on developing point-of-care devices for detecting HIV/TB infection and drug resistance. She is the technical lead on the OLA-Simple project, engineering a simple-to-use HIV drug resistant test (funded by Global WACh – W.H. Coulter foundation Seed Award 2012, Seattle’s Children Bridge Funding 2013, NIH R01 2014-19). Besides the OLA-Simple project, Nuttada works on developing point-of-care diagnostics for pulmonary TB from urine samples. This project was initiated from her GH 590 classroom project with Dr. Diana Marangu (a clinician from Kenya who was an MPH student at UW) and was subsequently funded by Global WACh – W.H. Coulter foundation Seed Award 2014. Through her participation in the Global WACh certificate program, Nuttada hopes to acquire better insights in WACh-related global health issues and explore more ways to utilize bioengineering skills to develop solutions to address these issues. She also hopes to expand her academic network by interacting with other Global WACh students and faculty members.

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Erin Picolet, DNP, Nursing Midwifery

Erin Picolet grew up on a cattle ranch in the Flint Hills of Kansas. Strong ties to family, community service, and love of the great outdoors were steeples of her upbringing and continue play significant roles in her life and visions for global equality. Erin first started to dream of international service and being immersed in global communities when she attended Heifer Project International Camp in middle school. Her life was forever impacted by simply standing on a map of the world that was divided according to distribution of wealth. From that moment on, Erin has pursued educational, personal development, and volunteer opportunities that foster ending poverty and the plights associated with it. Erin currently works as a Registered Nurse at the Family Maternity Center at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. International service experiences, natural/ low intervention birth practices, and Women’s Health issues led her to the UW Doctor of Nursing Program: Nurse Midwifery Track. To date, Erin is still forming her vision of the future practice setting that allows her to merge her passions, interests, and life purpose. In her free time, Erin loves to be outdoors, take photographs, spend time with family, and travel at any opportunity.

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Lauren Rotkis, DNP, Pediatric Nursing

Lauren Rotkis is a candidate in the Pediatric Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis. Within the global health field, she is particularly drawn to working with adolescent populations who are at a unique stage of self-discovery and self-determination. Having grown up in Seattle, Lauren has observed societal and political shifts that have led to an increasingly vulnerable marginalized population of teens. She currently volunteers at the Country Doctor Free Teen clinic, which is an evening health clinic for homeless teens. It is this experience that has had a defining role in shaping Lauren’s career goals. She plans to continue working with vulnerable teens as a Nurse Practitioner, either in a school-based health clinic, Juvenile Detention or a primary care clinic with a specific focus on nutrition and stress-related health effects.

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Manahil Siddiqi, MPH, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice

Manahil Siddiqi is an MPH Candidate at the University of Washington School of Public Health in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program. Her primary interest is in global health, particularly health politics and health systems strengthening with a focus on women and children. Manahil graduated with distinction in her self-designed major in Global Health from Bryn Mawr College in 2015, where she was the recipient of several honors commending her public health achievements in Philadephia, England, and Nicaragua. Prior to joining UW, Manahil conducted research on refugee mothering, resettlement and mental health among conflict-affected populations, including refugee families resettling in Philadephia. The principles of social justice, human rights and collective action fuel Manahil’s scholarship and advocacy.

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Nora Suárez , DNP, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Carlie Sulpizio, MPH, Global Health

Carlie Sulpizio is a MPH student in the Department of Global Health and received her BA in Anthropology and Theatre from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Prior to coming to the UW, Carlie served as a Community Health Development Agent with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa . There, she primarily worked on water and sanitation projects and infectious diseases in young children. Carlie’s research interests are centered around health equity and justice. She believes that by tackling communicable diseases, water and sanitation and utilizing implementation science health disparities concerning women and and adolescent girls can be eliminated.

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Xinyi Zhai, MPH, Global Health

Xinyi Zhai is a Global Health MPH student at the University of Washington. She has a Bachelor degree of Medicine from West China Medical School of Sichuan University and a MS degree in Global China Studies from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In the past, she worked in tertiary hospitals and in China’s provincial CDC office. Last year, she interned with UNAIDS in China and Geneva. Her work mainly focuses on China-Africa health collaborations, and the participation of civil society and private sectors in the AIDS response. Her work around women’s rights and support for young adolescents has further developed her interests in maternal and child health, especially in low resource settings. She believes that “Health for All” can be achieved by building solidarity and strengthening inter-country collaborations and partnerships. Xinyi views health as a right-based issue particularly for vulnerable and underserved populations, which includes women, adolescents, and children.

2017

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Jade Fairbanks

MPH, Health Services

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Molly Feder

MPH, Epidemiology

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Shadae Paul

MPH, Global Health, MPA

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Marina Plesons

MPH, Global Health

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Jessica Raddatz

DNP Nurse Midwifery

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Katie Reynolds

MPH, Health Services

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Gladys Salgado

MPA

2016

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Sonjelle Shilton

MPH, Global Health

Jen Mueller

Jennifer Mueller

MPH, Epidemiology

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Lacey Rose Miller

DNP Nursing

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Tracy Lam-Hine

MBA

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Taurmini Fentress

MSW, MPA

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Ai Mahoney

MPA

2015

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Jenny Lenahan

MPH, Epidemiology

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Georgina Mendoza

MSW

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Annie Hoopes MD

MPH, Maternal and Child Health

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Takuya Habu

MBA

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Abigail Korn

MPH, Global Health

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Kirkby Tickell

MPH, Epidemiology

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Irene Wu

MPA

2014

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Lisa M. Shawcroft

MPA

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Rita Ismail

PhD Nursing Science

Mona Wiggins

Mona Wiggins

DNP Family Nurse Practitioner

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Christopher Westgard

MPA

Rubee Dev

Rubee Dev

MPH, Maternal and Child Health

2013

Annya Pintak

Anya Pintak

MSW

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Jenna Udren

MPH, Community-Oriented Public Health Practice

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Onyinye Anitha Edeh

MPH, Global Health

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Shelby Feliciano

MSW

Sharla Semana

Sharla Semana

MSW

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Silvia Huaynoca

MPH, Global Health