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NWCPHP RA Receives ASPH/CDC Fellowship

NWCPHP research assistant Nora Kleinman is going to Africa as one of 25 public health graduates to be awarded an ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship.

August 10, 2011

NWCPHP research assistant Nora Kleinman is packing her bags for Africa. She is one of 25 recent public health graduates across the nation to be awarded an ASPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellowship. The fellowship offers graduates an opportunity to gain practical, first-hand experience in global public health.

Kleinman, whose MPH concentration was in epidemiology, will be working as a Global Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow in Ethiopia with a program funded by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Ethiopia has one of the largest PEPFAR programs in Africa with an annual budget over $350 million.

Kleinman's work will likely include a combination of developing, conducting, and analyzing evaluations as well as building local evaluation capacity through training and technical assistance.

"This is an invaluable opportunity to apply my program evaluation knowledge in an international context and to develop my skills in mixed-method evaluation approaches," Kleinman said. "I am thrilled to return to Ethiopia and immerse myself in the practice of public health there." (In 2008 Kleinman was a volunteer teacher in a rural Ethiopian community. She taught English to fourth through twelfth graders as part of a summer enrichment program.)

The Rosenfield Global Health fellowship gives recent public health masters and doctoral graduates a chance to apply and translate academic public health knowledge to real-world situations. Fellows are placed either within a global health program at the Atlanta headquarters or in one of the 50 countries where CDC collaborates with the national Ministry of Health and other in-country public health partners.

After she returns, Kleinman will complete her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She plans to pursue a career in applied global health, working on topics that include mental health, infectious disease, and program evaluation. She is dedicated to doing her part to expand the evidence base for public health practice.

As a research assistant at NWCPHP, Nora assisted with a performance evaluation of the Kitsap County Local Health Officer and multiple evaluations for the Washington State Department of Health, and also contributed an article on immigration statistics to NWCPHP’s journal, Northwest Public Health.

Kleinman earned her BA in Asian & Asian American Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. At the University of Washington she completed a certificate in International Development Policy and Management at the Evans School for Public Affairs. Her MPH thesis focuses on the association between depression, HIV-related stigma, and antiretroviral drug adherence among individuals in Southern India.

 

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All photos courtesy Nora Kleinman

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