Global WACh

Anna Larsen

Anna Larsen joined Global WACh in Fall 2018 as a Research Assistant working on the “Standardized Patient Encounters to Improve Counseling for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention to Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Kenya” (PrIYA-SP) Study (PIs: Grace John-Stewart & Pamela Kohler).  She is pursuing her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology and holds an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University and a BS in Biology and Public Health from the University of Washington.  Anna’s MPH thesis identified compliance with World Health Organization-recommended maternal and child health (MCH) care among rural Tanzanian women enrolled in Columbia University’s CONNECT Project.  Anna served as a Research Manager in Global Oncology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, supporting the implementation of studies regarding HIV-associated malignancies in collaboration with the Uganda Cancer Institute.  She also served as a Surveillance Fellow supporting the evaluation of the effectiveness of the South African national prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV program at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Pretoria, South Africa.  Anna’s interests within global health include HIV prevention among women, adolescents, and children, as well as the integration of noncommunicable disease screening, prevention, and treatment within routine HIV and MCH services.