Baishakhi Basu, Doctoral Candidate, Biocultural Anthropology, MPH student, 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 applying for grants to conduct 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.
Jade Fairbanks, MPH, Health Services
Jade Fairbanks is MPH student in the Department of Health Services, and received her BA in Public Health and Medical Anthropology from the University of Washington. Prior to starting the MPH program, Jade was a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, working in the field of reproductive health education, and improving health services and delivery at the village maternity. She is currently working as a GO Health Fellow in Merrueshi, Kenya to develop an all girls mentorship program titled “Yes S.H.E. Can: Sharing Her Empowerment” as well as a training manual for community health workers to educate on childhood malnutrition, and implement mandatory malnutrition screenings. Within the field of maternal and child health, she is particularly interested in expanding access to family planning services and reducing adolescent and unwanted pregnancies through educational outreach and program implementation.
Molly Feder, MPH student, Epidemiology
Molly Feder is an MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She received her BA in International Affairs concentrating in Global Health from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Prior to attending UW, Molly worked as a Government Relations Associate and Database Administrator at the Council for Responsible Nutrition in Washington, DC where she advocated for enhanced FDA oversight of the vitamin and supplement industry. As an MPH student, Molly is a Maternal and Child Health Trainee and is interested in research pertaining to family planning and reproductive health.
Taurmini Fentress, MSW and MPA student, Social Work and Public Administration
Taurmini Fentress is a MPA candidate in the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and a MSW candidate in the School of Social Work. She is interested in how the mental health and health of women and children is impacted by global trade policies that demand an inexpensive and mobile workforce as well as health and mental health disparities more generally. Taurmini is also interested in resistance and healing and and how this differs across cultures. She works at the West Coast Poverty Center as a research assistant working to connect practitioners, policymakers, and poverty researchers in order to bridge gaps between anti-poverty research, practice, and policy. Taurmini graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. While there she worked as a research assistant on a comparison study, studying the impact of food choice and consumption on overall child health, both in Eugene, Oregon and Oveido, Spain. Her then two-year-old daughter accompanied her on her work in Spain and she looks forward to working abroad again when she finishes graduate school and her daughter finishes pre-school.
Ke Pan, MPH student, Global Health
Ke Pan is an MPH student in the department of Global Health, having received her BA in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Masters Degree in Medicine from Third Military Medical University in China. Prior to coming to UW, she worked as a resident in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for three years and conducted research about the quality of women’s life after surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. She also conducted a research regarding the prevalence of hypertension and obesity in adolescents. Ke Pan is deeply interested in improving global health disparities of women, adolescents and children through education, awareness, and access to healthcare.
Erin Picolet, DNP student, 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.
Marina Plesons, MPH student, Global Health
Marina is an MPH student in the department of Global Health, having received her BA in Biology and Anthropology of Global Health from Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to UW, she conducted research regarding the introduction of a mobile health van in rural Vermont for homeless and/or uninsured individuals, contributed to a World Bank grant for a national trauma system and Level 1 trauma hospital in Haiti, and worked as a health policy fellow in the Maternal and Child Health department at the Ministry of Health of Rwanda. She also co-founded a global health non-profit, called Health Advocacy Innovations, with the current goal of streamlining the treatment of pediatric MDR-TB treatment, for which there are no child-friendly formulations of the necessary medications.
Nuttada Panpradist, PhD student, 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.
Katie Reynolds, MPH, Health Services
Katie is an MPH student in the Health Services department. She received her BA in psychology from Colgate University before moving to Seattle. Katie worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound for 7 years, resigning from her role as Program Manager to pursue her MPH. She is now a part-time research assistant with VillageReach, an organization working in low-resource environments to increase access to quality healthcare for the most underserved communities. Katie will be pursuing her interest in maternal health in summer 2016, interviewing community stakeholders in Kenya regarding preterm birth and the acceptability of a using a device to potentially detect risk of preterm labor in women. As a recipient of the Remak Scholarship she is able to extend this qualitative research to South Africa to learn about the considerations regarding preterm birth and medical devices that are specific to South Africa.
Gladys Salgado, MPA Student
Gladys Salgado is a MPA candidate in the Evans School of Public Policy. As a native of Colombia, South America, Gladys grew up in a large family who taught her valuable lessons on what it means to be rich without having money, the importance of family above all, and the difference between poverty and despair. After a long career in Information Technology, Gladys is embarking on a new career in public service. Following her move to Seattle, she became restless by the abundance of social ills surrounding her such as homelessness, obesity, and untreated mental health disorders, and has decided to put her skills and experience toward helping make systemic changes from within on a full-time basis. Gladys lives in Seattle where she and her husband take every opportunity they can to travel in search of wildlife, nature, and outdoor adventures.
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.
Rebecca Streich, DNP, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Becky is a registered nurse working in the outpatient setting to promote health in a variety of specialties and settings. Over the past several years she has enjoyed a variety of volunteer projects globally providing healthcare, health education and public health infrastructure. She is currently enrolled in the University of Washingtonʼs Doctor of Nursing Practice, Family Nurse Practitioner program. In the future she hopes to continue promoting globally competent care both here in the United States and abroad.