Education: University of Haifa Degree Name: Master of Public Health (MPH) Field Of Study: Global Health Leadership and Administration
Languages: Afrikaans, English, Hebrew, Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, and Zulu
Talk Radio Show Co-Presenter - WHTK (1280AM & 107.3FM) "What's Going on? - with Brown and Allen" Rochester Affiliate - Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (BLCA), USA - Member Rochester Faith Collaborative, USA - Founding Member University of Rochester HIV Vaccine Trials Unit & Clinical Trials Unit, USA. Community Advisory Board - Member African American Health Coalition at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, USA - Member Creating Awareness Though Art (CATA) initiative at HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA - Founding Advisory Board Member Perinatal Network of Monroe County - Board Member Grassroot Soccer Rochester, USA - Co-founder/ Vice President of Health Education Marketview Heights Collective Action Project, USA - Exec. Member
Current Company: Mpilo Radio
Current Position: Medical Researcher and Health Educator
Experience Description: • Developed Mpilo Radio – a mobile application that aims to prevent deaths in mothers and children in developing countries. In 2016, Mpilo Radio was, out of 20 contestants, the runner up at the 26th Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference’s Start-up Competition in Orlando, Florida, USA. • Developed, implemented and monitored the online communication strategies for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital and Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund using social media tools and the websites to grow followers by 30% and also provided technical support. • Supported and achieved online fundraising efforts towards a R1 billion target to build the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital using the Raiser's Edge fundraising software. • Wrote a lauded year-end speech for a board member at Arwyp Medical Centre on “Leadership in the Health Sector” presented to 500 staff members. • Provided technical support to Creating Awareness Through Art (CATA) at HVTN, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA, to use the arts as tool to create awareness of HIV vaccine trials. • Independently developed a new strategy and 5 protocols for new directions in partnership with community agencies to position the University of Rochester as a proponent of university-community collaborations in HIV vaccine trial advocacy, including presenting an insert in a weekly radio show. • Provided technical support as executive committee member of the Black Leadership Committee on AIDS to influence development of HIV/AIDS policy at a legislative level in Albany, NY to benefit the disproportionally affected minority populations. Through this process, the University of Rochester became an active contributor to policy discussions at a legislative level in Albany, NY. • Co-founded GrassRoots Soccer Rochester – a "sport-for-good" programme which was integrated in the medical school curriculum for community outreach activities to increase knowledge in over 500 at-risk adolescents annually. • Created partnerships with religious leaders to develop 3 health ministries in order to increase the communities of colour’s levels of trust, and subsequently, participation in medical research studies. • Simplified HIV statistics, epidemiology and information to develop high quality pamphlets, flyers and videos, to improve awareness and enrolment of people of colour as volunteers in HIV vaccine trials. • Served on the HVTN Community Advisory Board (CAB) – a partnership between the community and the University of Rochester to incorporate community members’ input in the research process to create trust. Contributed to monthly reporting of HIV vaccine trial advocacy activities to the national HVTN.
I am a Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate concentrating in global health leadership and administration. I am a medical researcher and health educator with 10 years experience in both South African and international settings (USA and Israel). I am a global health advocate with science communication and public engagement skills. I am fluent in English and five other South African languages. I am a Social Entrepreneur and a global citizen.
For over a decade, these are the key projects that I have been involved in:
- A systematic literature review of the legislative frameworks in Europe to institute mandatory childhood vaccinations.
- ADolescent Obesity PrevenTion (ADOPT) project
- Profile of minority HIV vaccine participants: lessons learned from phase I & II HIV vaccine trials to increase minority participation
- Addressing Racial Discrimination in Rochester: A Multi-level Approach
- Improving Health Outcomes by Promoting Secondary and Higher Education for Teen Mothers in the City of Rochester
- Connecting Consumers to Coverage: The Role of Navigators and Consumer Assistance Programs in Implementing Health Reform in New York
- The Rochester—Cape Town MSM Social Media Study
- A visual and narrative reflection of communities: a novel mode of diminishing the stigma around HIV/AIDS in South Africa
- Treatment and research options for pediatric HIV infection in South Africa: towards improving care