Matt has been involved in public health for over 10 years with prior experience working for the CDC and spending time abroad in international public health. His interests lie in health equity and social justice to improve the lives for those in need. Matt graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is currently working on a CDC-funded program around organized approaches to increasing colorectal cancer screenings for underserved racial and ethnic groups.
Associate Program Director
Jennifer is experienced in advancing public health and education organizations through program management, strategic partnerships, and research. In the past, she was funded by the National Institutes of Health to work as a Health Disparities Research and Policy Fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Public Health in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. During her fellowship, she examined mental health stigma among Romanian adolescents, and conducted research to tailor interventions addressing stigma-related issues that could improve mental health and mental health care in Romania. Moreover, she is the former Assistant Director at University of Chicago’s Career Advancement Office where she developed experiential education programs for undergraduates and managed partnerships with employers in the healthcare and STEM industries. She is also the former Program Director of an after-school learning center where she led a team of ten teachers and oversaw various K-12 education programs.
As the Associate Program Director, she manages two areas of programming for CAHE: student education and mental health. For education, she administers career exploration and training programs that promote multiculturalism and social justice, connecting students to the Center’s efforts in advancing health equity through research, civic engagement, and leadership development. Additionally, she directs the Center’s mental health programs, focusing on wellness, stigma, and substance abuse. She has also taken the lead on large-scale community engagement projects and initiatives to promote the Center and its work to communities within and outside of the University.
Jennifer received a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago with research and practice interests in ethnic minority/immigrant populations and higher education.
Alia is a former community health educator and has experience working with adolescent youth in multicultural settings in the areas of substance abuse prevention and sexual health. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Health from University of Illinois-Chicago and her current program focus is on hepatitis B screening and linkage-to-care for foreign-born populations from Asia and Africa.
Miny is Program Coordinator and has the ability to take on a variety of projects, including managing program databases, coordinating social media communications strategies, and providing program support to the CAHE team. She serves as the organization’s liaison to the Chinese community, and is knowledgeable and experienced in healthcare and social services systems. She has a Bachelor’s in Health Science from Northeastern University and currently MBA candidate.
Manasi Jayaprakash, Program Manager Contact via email
Abidemi Abioye, Program Manager Contact via email
Cecile Bhang, Program Manager Contact via email
Chieko Maene, Public Health Research Specialist Contact via email
Grace Li, Intern
Keunae Choi, Intern