Global Health Justice

Team Members

Priyasha Maharjan

Priyasha is a candidate for the Doctor of Global Health Leadership & Practice degree at the University of Washington. She is strongly interested in maternal and child health – addressing health disparities in underserved populations through the development and implementation of community-oriented, culturally sensitive public health interventions. She was nominated for the Distinguished Thesis – Social Sciences category for her work exploring perinatal depressive symptoms in women living in intergenerational households.

Priyasha received her MPH degree in Global Health from UW as a Fulbright Scholar from Nepal and her MBA from Westcliff University. She has over eight years of experience working with diverse communities as the co-founder and director of Samartha Nepal, a profit-not-sharing company. She was nominated by the US Department of State for the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) in Public Health in 2018. Priyasha received her MPH degree in Global Health from UW as a Fulbright Scholar from Nepal and her MBA from Westcliff University.

Steve Gloyd

Steve Gloyd is a physician and a University of Washington (UW) faculty member. He has worked as a District Medical Officer and  collaborator with the Mozambican Ministry of Health since the 1970s.

He has also worked in many other countries of Africa, Latin America, and Asia as a clinician, manager, researcher, teacher, policy advocate, and activist.  Steve was the founder of HAI (Health Alliance International) and the International Health Program at the UW School of Public Health, and was the first academic director of the UW Department of Global Health. His research focuses on strengthening Primary Health Care and understanding the impacts of neoliberalism and international aid on health. He continues to work with Ministries of Health and universities globally. Steve received his BA and MPH degrees from Harvard University and his MD from the University of Chicago.

Asad Naveed

Asad Naveed is a medical doctor, youth activist and a social entrepreneur. He is a public health enthusiast and has a keen interest in disease prevention, health system strengthening and social medicine. Asad was the former President of the Sierra Leone Medical Students’ Association (SLEMSA) and a former executive member of the Junior Doctor’s Association of Sierra Leone (JUDASIL). He won the Outstanding Leadership Award by the National Union of Sierra Leonean Students in 2016. Asad was also selected by the US Department of State for the International Visitors Leadership Program in Global Health in 2017. He graduated from the UW Global Health MPH program in 2021 and is one of the founding members of this project.

Alina Metje

Alina is a medical doctor, researcher, and activist and has worked in Germany, South Africa, and the USA. She feels passionate about maternal, child, and adolescent health in recourse-restricted settings and aims to contribute to improving health outcomes and reducing health inequities for vulnerable populations. Alina holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Washington and a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Muenster, Germany. In her free time, she enjoys caring for the many animals on her urban farm and being part of her children’s school community.

Assem Suleimenova

Assem Suleimenova is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Global Health. She is an oncologist and Fulbright scholar from Kazakhstan. Through his first-hand experience in cancer care, Assem has gained an understanding of

how to help more people overcome cancer through prevention, screenings, and raising public awareness. This inspired her to apply to the University of Washington to study public health. Her research interests include cancer epidemiology, HPV screening, vaccination, women’s health, and health information systems.

Henry Noble


Henry Noble is a non-matriculated ACCESS student in the Departments of Political
Science, Biology and Global Health.

He was a software developer at MIT, the UW, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Boeing Co. He holds an MS in Statistics from Florida State University. He is a longtime union organizer and former National Secretary of the Freedom Socialist Party. As a staunch feminist and anti-racist, Henry champions affirmative action and reproductive justice. He also likes to birdwatch, grow vegetables, and cook.

Patience Komba

Patience Komba is a student pursuing a Doctorate in Global Health Leadership and Practice (DrGH) at the University of Washington. She also works with the Digital Initiatives Group at I-TECH(DIGI), focusing on monitoring and evaluating global digital health initiatives.

Patience is keen on leveraging technology to strengthen healthcare systems, ensuring the delivery of efficient, safe, timely, and high-quality healthcare services. Her research is centered on leadership strategies for implementing and scaling digital health initiatives in low and middle-income countries.

During her leisure time, Patience indulges in her passions for travel, exploring nature, and volunteering in community activities, particularly those dedicated to adolescent and women’s health. She currently serves as an advisor for the Women in Global Health (WGH) Seattle Chapter.

Ananditha Raghunath

Ananditha Raghunath is a 4th year PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Washington advised by Dr. Richard Anderson. She works at the intersection of global health and technology, exploring health worker – AI teaming and the integration of people-centered diagnostic devices into clinics, homes and health systems. She is passionate about ending morbidity and mortality that is caused by structural inequality. She has experience thoughtfully designing and integrating technology into rural LMIC settings such as NW Tanzania, where she spent 5 months in 2022. Prior to her PhD, she worked at MIT researching AI, Networks, and Health. She received her BA in Mathematics and Computer Science at New York University, where she was a Presidential Honors Scholar, Women in Science Scholar, and Presidential Service Award recipient.

Previous Members

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Jammie Phea, Jarred Rimby, Siddhant Gupta, Olena Bidovanets, and Christina Mazumder for their exceptional contributions to the Global Health Justice Team and our website. Your dedication, talent, and collaborative spirit have made a lasting impact, and we are truly grateful for the privilege of working alongside such incredible individuals. Thank you for your remarkable contributions to our team and our shared pursuit of global health justice!