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Epi Alumni

Epi Alumna Named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund

University of Washington School of Public Health alumna Natalia Kanem (MPH 1990, Epidemiology) of Panama, was named Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and succeeds Kate Gilmore of Australia.

Dr. Kanem, with more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in the fields of medicine, public and reproductive health, peace, social justice, and philanthropy, began her career with the Johns Hopkins and Columbia University schools of medicine and public health.  She is the former Representative for West Africa at the Ford Foundation where she funded pioneering work in the areas of women’s reproductive health and sexuality.  She later served at the Foundation as Senior Director in the Office of Management Services, and as Deputy Vice President, focusing on global programs to bolster peace and social justice.

Dr. Kanem also served as founding president of ELMA Philanthropies Inc., a private institution promoting health and education for African children.  She was a Senior Associate of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, a non-profit, independent entity dedicated to development in the Caribbean.  Since 2014, Dr. Kanem has served as UNFPA Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania. She brings expertise in program implementation, advocacy, and strategic planning, as well as experience building strong local, national, international and donor-partner alliances.

Dr. Kanem was the University of Washington School of Public Health's 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient.



Epi Graduate Named Peru's New Health Minister

University of Washington School of Public Health alumna Dr. Patricia García (MPH 1998, Epidemiology) was named Minister of Health for Peru. She was appointed by newly elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and was expected to be sworn in on July 28. Read more

Epi Graduate Elected President for the Society of Epidemiologic Research (SER)

Andrew Olshan (MS 1982 and PhD 1987, Epidemiology) has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America. He currently is serving as president-elect and will become president of the organization in July 2017. Read more

Epi Graduate's Nifty Cup Among the Most Impressive Social Good Innovations

Mashable sites the Nifty Cup, a feeding cup that could help high-risk babies in developing countries who have trouble breast-feeding, as one of 11 important innovations that made important strides in May for social good. One of the inventors, Christy McKinney, is an alum from the Department of Epidemiology. Read more