Selamawit Bedada, MPH
Assistant Program Director

Ms. Selamawit Bedada, is the Assistant Program Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity program based at the George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health. As a Research and Distance Learning specialist, Ms. Bedada brings in-depth knowledge of research and communication in health policy as it relates to health workforce and health systems development. Her concentration area is on health equity and health disparity reduction. She has over ten years’ experience in public health research and health systems strengthening, with a focus on policies and programs related to health equity and health risks of vulnerable populations. Originally from Ethiopia, she has worked in four countries in Africa (Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Malawi) and the United States on such projects. She was an integral member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-Sub Saharan African Medical Schools Study (SAMSS) project and co-authored a book “The Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study: Data, Observation, and Opportunity” and an article in The Lancet “Medical schools in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Ms. Bedada is the recipient of the highest Presidential award at the George Washington University-the Presidential Administrative Fellow Award. For the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, she has provided consultations regarding development of resources for country relevant researches, country context specific research support centers, and communications as it relates to distance learning and building virtual communities of practices.