Economic Development Coordinator & Political Activist
Claire Thomas is an Economic Development Coordinator for the East Side Neighborhood Company. In this role, she works with community members to design and implement innovative solutions for more inclusive economic systems for BIPOC-owned small businesses and equitable community development...
Akshita Siddula is a public health professional based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently serving as the Managing Director with Right to Health Action (R2HA), a health advocacy group. In this role, she recruits and trains healthcare activists and organizers around the country to push for policies to create a just healthcare system...
Nutritionist & Program Coordinator
Haydeé "Nancy" Rumaldo is a nutritionist and a Project Coordinator at Socios En Salud Sucursal Perú, a subsidiary of Partners In Health, which provides health care to people living in poverty through comprehensive interventions. She has implemented the community accompaniment model for child health projects in urban and rural contexts...
Ana Cecilia Ortega Dominguez is a psychologist working with Compañeros en Salud (CES)—the sister organization of Partners in Health—in the Sierra region of Chiapas, Mexico. In this organization, she trains and supervises community mental health workers on the delivery of PM+ (a trans-diagnostic psychological intervention) and builds capacity among physicians to provide quality mental health care in rural clinics...
Hospital Medical Director
Democratic Republic of Congo
Dr. Marx Itabelo Lwabanya is the Medical Director at Nundu Deaconess Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. His research focuses on improving maternal and newborn health in limited resource settings. In 2017, he won the Brown Master’s Award for Professional Excellence for his effort to improve neonatal care by developing an online training for neonatal care nurses and establishing a peer-mentoring program for at-risk mothers at the Van Norman Clinic in Bujumbura...
Gynecologist & Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultant
Dr. Naglaa Fathy Lithy is a Senior Program Specialist at the Center for Development Services, an entrepreneurial business venture that works toward building vibrant societies and prosperous economies wherever it operates. She is a gynecologist, sexual and reproductive health consultant, and the founder of Games for Goals initiative that aims to raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goals in marginalized areas using innovative tools like board games...
Charleston, South Carolina
Paige Knowlson is the Executive Director of Pattison’s Academy, an organization providing comprehensive services to children with severe disabilities in Charleston, South Carolina. Paige’s passion lies in building collaborative, interdisciplinary teams, programs and communities that collectively promote childhood health and development...
Public Health Program Analyst
Shannon Jordan is a program analyst at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Health Equity (OHE) which works to understand and eliminate health disparities among Veterans. She serves as the OHE engagement lead disseminating health equity resources to care providers, researchers, Veterans, and the public|also supporting workforce diversity and cultural competency at VHA...
Community Health Leader
Walterboro, South Carolina
Brenda Hughes is the Manager of the Community Systems Team for the South Carolina Department of Health. She is responsible for a team implementing policy, systems and environmental change to advance health equity in rural populations. She serves in a leadership role in multiple coalitions across the state to develop community capacity, build sustainable communities and address the root causes of health inequities...