Name: Anna Gajewski
Department: Epidemiology, 2014
Undergraduate studies: Macalester College, Biology, and Community/Global Health
Health Organization for Latin America, Communications Chair: Managed and updated the HOLA website; created and disseminated promotional materials for HOLA events; planned, supported and executed HOLA events.
Athens Latino Center for Education and Services (ALCES), Volunteer: Created health education materials; helped eligible immigrants apply for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA); assisted in GED and English program management.
Sacred Valley Health (Ollantaytambo, Peru), Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator: I design surveys and other methods for evaluating the effectiveness of our promotora training programs.
Currently I am in the process of updating our current data collection, storage, and management systems. I also oversee GIS data collection for our community mapping projects and analyze data collected during health campaigns.
Manna Project International (Managua, Nicaragua), Program Director: Designed and delivered women's health and nutrition courses; ran a child sponsorship program in La Chureca, the Managua municipal landfill; taught intermediate and advanced English classes; coached a girls' soccer team and taught fitness classes (including yoga and zumba) for women; worked as part of the organization's grant writing team to secure funding to expand programs.
Career Goals: I hope to work either in Central America or as a state or local government official on epidemiologic projects with a focus on Latino communities.
What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health?: Living in Nicaragua sparked my interest in Latino culture and in the history of Central America. Upon returning to the United States, I realized Latinos in the US face unique health challenges, especially when it comes to access to care. The demography of the US is rapidly changing, and I believe there is a lot of great research and work to be done!
Fun fact: I love board games!