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Illinois, United States
October 19, 2016

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Innovative and strategic healthcare leader who offers broad and deep experience in cross-cultural collaboration, research, and analysis. I incorporate human-centered design principles in problem solving and solutions design. In addition, I offer technical know-how in public health informatics and project management oversight, which enable heath care organizations to succeed in cross-cultural health efforts.

Areas of Expertise

•Strategic leadership

•Community partnerships

•Youth leadership

•Complex project planning & management

•Research, analysis & evaluation

•Public health needs assessments

•Population health management

•International health registries

•Public speaking

•French, English and Spanish

•Emotional intelligence

•Cross – cultural negotiation


University of Minnesota, Minnesota School of Public Health

Master of Public Health, 2013 and Ph.D., Design, 2006

M.P.H. Thesis: Forging Successful Partnerships to Reduce the Burden of Cancer in Minnesota: Challenges and Opportunities

Michigan State University, Michigan

M.A., American Studies, 1991

University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, West Africa

M.A. English, 1989. B.A. English, Sociology Minor, 1987


Led the successful design, development and implementation of integrated population health and wellness management programs, including the first web-based Caribbean and Latin American Renal Registry, a robust, region-wide chronic disease surveillance tool. (2010)

Led teams in U.S., India, and the Caribbean to design the EHP™ model for Health Consumer Activation. This tool for healthy lifestyle modification achieved better compliance with discharge orders, medication compliance, and healthier behavior. (2011)

Partnered with health information technologists and professionals in multiple regions to:

Research, design, and pilot an HIV and AIDS registry in Uganda. (2012)

Address diabetes and obesity through public health informatics, population health management and wellness solutions we proposed to health officials at King Fahad Medical City, Saudi Arabia. (2011)

Present a proprietary patient-centered Health Informatics solution at Hope Medical Center, in San Diego. (2011)

Develop a proprietary health informatics infrastructure to address zoonotic diseases for the University of Minnesota RESPOND project in Uganda. (2010)

Prepare a needs assessment, public health informatics, and population health management and wellness solutions for University Hospitals in the West Indies, and in Jamaica, as well as to propose an HIV and AIDS surveillance system for Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bridgetown, Barbados. (2010)

Professional Experience

University of Minnesota, College of Design 2014 - Present

Center for Design in Health

Senior Public Health Adviser, Human-Centered Design

Collaborate with researchers across disciplines to create and implement solutions to enhance community and population health and wellness management initiatives, locally and internationally.

Employ human centered-design methods to engage Minnesota youth in a meaningful and respectful way to co-create a safe space for a 2017 youth-led summit to discuss in depth the issues that matter the most to the youth in Minnesota, including mental health, school violence, youth homelessness, closing achievement gap, and police brutality.

Design state wide survey to capture the voices the youth in Minnesota and engage various stakeholders to organize a Minnesota youth-led summit.

Collaborate with Allina Health to research, design and implement Partnership for Innovations in Children’s Health project aimed at improving children’s health, wellbeing in New Ulm, Minnesota.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota School of Public Health 2012 - 2014

Director, Caribbean & Latin America Initiatives

Oversaw all operations of the Caribbean & Latin America Research Interest Group. Led business strategy and collaborate with stakeholders. Enhance the web-based Caribbean Renal Registry and the region’s evidence-based public health practices and research.

Established and led collaboration with public health officials, faculty, the Caribbean Institute of nephrology, and the Caribbean business community that resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the West Indies and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The effort promoted public health research, exchanges of students and faculty, and capacity building in key areas.

Collaborated with the United States Renal Data System to query end stage renal health data to examine clinical data and generate annual reports.

Facilitated exchange of ideas with faculty at the University of the West Indies on current research and trends related to such health topics as diabetes, hypertension, social determinants of health, etc.

Epimap247, Inc. 2014 – Present


Led research, development of a Mobile Application (epimap247), a real-time Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response System (EPR) that gathers accurate, up-to-date, real time, and relevant human and animal health data through interactive voice response (IVR), SMS and photographs to track and prevent deadly outbreaks such as Ebola.

Lead strategic collaboration with Minnesota African Ebola Task force and local Non for profit organizations including American Refugee Committee

Provide pro bono technical assistance to Minnesota African Ebola Task force

Design dynamic and effective Mobile Application to connect Minnesota African Ebola Task force to relevant development and humanitarian agencies in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Medtronic Foundation March 2015 – May 2015

Consultant - MN Taskforce Ebola Grant – Third Party Contractor

Represented Medtronic foundation in all pertinent meetings with the Ebola Taskforce, including weekly planning meetings of the Taskforce when the agenda warrants it.

Served as the main contact point between Medtronic and the Taskforce.

Conducted a thorough third party due diligence of the needs of the Taskforce related to Ebola efforts in the Twin Cities.

Abt Associates Inc. October 2014

Consultant- Health systems strengthening project, Lagos Nigeria

USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance Project led by Abt Associates Inc. in Nigeria

Reported on current status of health insurance scheme based on conversations with stakeholders in Lagos

Conducted evaluation of experiences of stakeholders in implementation and use of micro health insurance product

Conducted key informant interviews and identify lessons learned including health seeking behavior of the insured

Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota 2011-2012

Cancer Research Prevention Unit Graduate Research Intern

Developed evidence of successful integration of cancer control activities through Minnesota Cancer Alliance stakeholder interviews. Astute analysis and evaluation led to development of the Minnesota Cancer Disparities Summit

E-Health Portfolio, Inc. 2008-2011

Co-founder & CEO of a Minnesota-based Health Informatics & Design Company

Oversaw operations of E-Health Portfolio, Inc., including development of global and local partnerships to insure high quality deliverables within budget and timelines, and staff leadership.

Developed market expansion business strategy

Led product design for EHP™ Health Consumer Activation Model, a tool to benefit health through compliance with medication and discharge directives and healthy behaviors.

Acted as lead health informatics designer

Conducted end user training

Initiated workflow improvements in implementation

Supervised all health data reporting

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2004- 2007

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Academic Progress Coordinator, Instructional Center

Oversaw Call Center operations and managed staff of 35.

Collaborated with community partners to support effective student counseling and education on health subjects.

African Women’s Resource Center 2001-2005

Active Board Member and Wellness and Health Education Consultant

Researched, designed and implemented wellness programs that empowered and educated African refugee and immigrant women and girls.

Working with Twin Cities medical services, linked new immigrants to wellness services.

Second Chance Ranch for Boys and Girls 1997-1999

Executive Director, Residential Treatment for At-Risk Youth

Oversaw all aspects of the operations, including annual budget of $600,000. Supervised staff of 15, including recruitment, scheduling, and training. Coordinated health education.

Developed evidence-based, data-driven programs and services based on measurable learning outcomes to improve health behaviors and status of at-risk youth.

American Cultural Center, Ivory Coast, West Africa 1984-1989

Consultant for Cultural Competency Health Education & Training

Conducted cultural competency trainings for International researchers from Fulbright Scholars, World Bank, and Doctors without Borders.

Offered technical, policy and strategic advice and direction for health analysis and helped mobilize resources for the development of health information systems and tools.

Technical Skills

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) R, statistical computing and graphics software

Knowledge of Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) and SAS

Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Visio

Familiarity with Mobile technology development

Community Involvement

Vice President, Fulbright Scholar, Minnesota Chapter, 2011- 2012

Office of Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Board, MN, 2007-2011

Minneapolis Urban League Health and Wellness Advisory Council, 2010- 2011

University of Minnesota Rotary Club International, Board of Directors, 2006- -2007

Youth Link, Board of Directors, 2005-2007

Awards and Honors

President, Emerging Leader Program, University of Minnesota, 2006- 2007

Fulbright Scholarship, 1989-1994

Professional affiliations

American Public Health Association International Academy for Design & Health

Caribbean Institute of Nephrology Health care Executive Network

Minnesota Ebola Task force, 2014 – 2015

Consumer and Small Employer Advisory Committee, MN Sure, Minnesota 2014 –2015

Office of Minority and Multicultural Health Advisory Board, MN, 2007-2011

Minneapolis Urban League Health and Wellness Advisory Council, 2010- 2011

University of Minnesota Rotary Club International, Board of Directors, 2006- -2007

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