Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD, is a cardiologist and medical anthropologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where he founded the Center for Integration Science and serves as its Executive Director. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he also directs the Program in Global Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and Social Change. He is the Senior Health and Policy Advisor on NCDs to Partners In Health (PIH), the Director of the BWH Advanced Clinical Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Global Health Equity, and the Director of the BWH Research Fellowship in Type 1 Diabetes and Global Health Equity. Dr. Bukhman completed his medical training and doctorate in medical anthropology at the University of Arizona, an internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a cardiology fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Bukhman has argued that for those living in extreme poverty, NCDs are best understood as part of the “long tail” of global health equity that demands a new “science of integration.” He has translated this critique into practical delivery strategies such as the Package of Essential NCD Interventions – Plus (PEN-Plus), that are now impacting patients’ lives in more than a dozen countries.
Dr. Bukhman is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters that apply a range of methodologies from ethnography and archival research to epidemiology and mathematical modeling to identify solutions to the problem of “NCDI Poverty.” Dr. Bukhman was the lead-author and co-chair of the 1996-2020 Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion, and is co-chair of the 22-country NCDI Poverty Network launched in December of 2020 to support implementation of the Lancet Commission’s recommendations.
Emmanuel Mensah, MD, MBA
Managing Director and West Africa Regional Advisor
Dr. Emmanuel Mensah is an internist and Firm Chief in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He serves as the Managing Director of the Center for Integration Science in Global Health Equity and the West Africa Lead for the NCDI Poverty Network. He holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to joining the NCDI Poverty Network, Dr. Mensah split his time between practicing medicine and management consulting at McKinsey and Company. As a management consultant, his interest and work focused on healthcare delivery systems and strategy work for various clients along the healthcare value chain globally. Dr Mensah also practices as an internist at Tema General Hospital in Ghana.
His academic interests are in health disparities and unconscious bias and its impact on patient care. He lectures on the topic at Harvard Medical School and directs the mentorship of Underrepresented in Medicine trainees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Mensah earned a BA in Mathematics and Biology from Dartmouth College, his MD from Harvard Medical School, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School.
Emily Yale is the Director of Finance and Operations for the Center for Integration Science in Global Health Equity. She holds an MPH in Global Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in Public Health from Elon University. Emily has worked for several global health organizations dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable populations. She has primarily worked in the areas of program management, finance and administration, operations, compliance, and business development.
Prior to joining the Center, Emily worked at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), supporting community health projects in rural Uganda. Before MGH, Emily worked for an International NGO, John Snow, Inc. (JSI), where she managed large USAID-funded HIV/AIDS projects in East Africa and frequently traveled to field offices to provide local staff with training on operations, finance, and U.S. government contract compliance.
Alma Adler is the Research and Monitoring and Evaluation Director for the Center for Integration Science (CIS) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital since 2018. Dr. Adler began her career as a bioanthropologist receiving her PhD in 2005, but later received an MSc in Public Health/Developing Countries, Epidemiology Stream from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Before joining CIS, Dr. Adler was an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she was a member of the Centre for Chronic Diseases and the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive, & Child Health. Other positions Dr. Adler has held include systematic review specialist at the Cochrane Heart Group and Science Officer at the World Heart Federation. Dr. Adler’s research focuses on three areas: Implementation science, mixed methods evaluations of complex interventions, and evidence synthesis. She has led implementation research projects in nine countries on three continents. Dr. Adler has over 50 publications and numerous media appearances.
Paula Brewer Byron is the Communications Director for the NCDI Poverty Network. She has spent most of her communications career in the fields of medicine, public health, and human rights. Most recently she worked at Virginia Tech, first as communications director for a startup medical school and biomedical research institute, then as senior editor at the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. For the previous dozen years, she was editor of Harvard Medical School’s magazine, and before that she served as communications director for what was then the Harvard AIDS Institute, an initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health. One of Byron’s principal specialties is publications. In addition to editing Harvard Medicine, she has served as editor of Illumination, an annual magazine at Virginia Tech; Carilion Medicine, the biannual magazine of a regional health system; Silent Spring Review, a publication focused on the environmental causes of breast cancer; Baobab, the daily newspaper for an AIDS in Africa conference in Senegal; and a range of publications for the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria, the Reebok Human Rights Awards Program, and the Harvard AIDS Institute. Byron has also edited three books on AIDS in Africa and coauthored a book on human rights heroes around the world.
Neil Gupta is the Policy Director for the NCDI Poverty Network and serves a lead role in facilitating and supporting National NCDI Poverty Commissions and the NCDI Poverty Network Steering Committee. An internist and pediatrician by training, Dr. Gupta was previously the Chief Medical Officer for Partners In Health in Rwanda, where he was responsible for the strategy, design, and implementation of clinical programs in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. He later joined PIH’s NCD Synergies team and supported the development of the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Gupta is also the Primary Investigator for the Simplifying Hepatitis C Antiviral Therapy for Elsewhere in the Developing World study, which aims to promote access and availability of Hepatitis C treatment. Dr. Gupta is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, and he completed his residency training at Brigham & Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospitals. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Gedeon Ngoga is the Director of PEN-Plus Training for the NCDI Poverty Network. Over the last decade, Gedeon’s work has focused on the implementation of NCD care delivery models in low-resource settings including developing a dedicated training and mentoring program for PEN-Plus health care workers dominated mainly by nurses and clinical officers in the PIH supported clinics. This has involved clinical duties as well as a wide programmatic and leadership role for the NCD program which eventually led to national implementation of the model and scale-up of NCD services to all district hospitals of Rwanda.
Mr. Ngoga has a Master of Public Health in International Health and Development and his current role supports Network countries in addressing knowledge gaps to achieve global health equity by developing career pathways. Gedeon works on training models that teach and equip non-specialist NCD providers with needed competencies to manage severe NCD conditions in their home countries, which prevents suffering and death among the most vulnerable.
Dr. Emily Wroe is an internist and expert in global health, serving as the Director of Programs for the NCDI Poverty Network and the Center for Integration Science. In this role she supports the implementation and expansion of PEN-Plus programs. Dr. Wroe’s expertise in health systems for chronic diseases stems from several years working as Partners In Health’s Chief Medical Officer in Malawi, where she worked closely with the Ministry of Health to strengthen health care in the rural district of Neno. In Malawi she led the team to integrate HIV and NCD clinics, spearheaded a stepped-wedge study of a community health worker program, and helped launch two clinics for patients with severe NCDs, which was the beginning of the PEN-Plus programming in Malawi. Her role expanded to support southern Africa as NCD Synergies’ Associate Director of Policy & Implementation and as the co-chair to the Ministry of Health for Malawi’s National NCDs & Injuries of Poverty Commission.
Dr. Wroe is also deeply experienced in pandemic response and acts as a Senior Advisor for PIH’s COVID-19 response. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health and completed her residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at BWH.
Prof. Dr. Ana Olga Mocumbi (MD, PhD, FESC) is a cardiologist with a particular interest in neglected cardiovascular diseases specifically rheumatic heart disease, cardiomyopathies, heart failure in young people, and women’s cardiovascular health. She is Professor of Cardiology at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique and is Head of the Division of Non-Communicable Diseases at the National Public Health Institute (INS), at the Ministry of Health in Mozambique.
Dr. Mocumbi obtained an MD in 1992 at UEM. She worked in several rural areas of Mozambique from 1992 – 1997 acting as a general practitioner and health manager, gaining experience on management of National Control Programs for major endemic diseases.
Her post-graduate training in cardiology was done in Mozambique (Central Hospital of Maputo and Instituto do Coração) and France (Hospital Necker-Enfants Malades). She holds a Diploma in Pediatric Cardiology from the University René Descartes, Paris V – France.
Dr. Mocumbi worked as a Research Assistant at the Imperial College London (from 2004 until 2008) where she obtained her PhD investigating the Epidemiology of Neglected Cardiovascular Diseases. Under this program she launched a research project on Endomyocardial Fibrosis, which included large-scale community-based studies and clinical research in a rural endemic area of Mozambique (Inharrime), involving collaboration with the Heart Science Centre and Magdi Yacoub Research Institute in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Mocumbi is involved in several local and international research projects and partnerships including international registries and clinical trials. She is Editor of the Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy Journal and has published original papers in peer-reviewed journals and didactic publications.
She is currently Vice President of the Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) South Region (and Member of the PASCAR Taskforce on Hypertension), Co-Leader of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute for the Sub-Saharan Region and Member of the World Heart Federation’s Scientific Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Dr. Chantelle Boudreaux is focused on understanding how to build better health systems, specifically how to merge a country’s epidemiologic profile with their existing resources to best respond to current and anticipated health needs.
At the Center for Integration Science, her research focuses this question at the hospital level. This requires an understanding of the optimal clustering of tasks among providers, and a consideration of the interfaces both within and outside of the health system, to better understand how diverse clinical skills and interdisciplinary roles, programs, and service tiers can influence the delivery of healthcare services and population health outcomes.
Chantelle completed her doctoral studies at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She also holds Masters degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Dr. Apoorva Gomber is a physician from India with an interest in global health centered around pediatric diabetes, health equity, disease epidemiology, and improving access to care in low- and middle-income countries. She graduated with a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in the Department of Global Health and Population from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Dr. Gomber has worked on various advocacy initiatives with global organizations to improve access to insulin and understanding childhood diabetes. Her research interests focus to overcome health disparities in diabetes care globally and looking for solutions to complex problems using evidence-based data and cross-sectoral collaborations. She also serves as one of the WHO Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Diabetes to further WHO’s leadership and coordination role in promoting and monitoring global action against diabetes.
Apoorva served as the South East Asia Regional Representative-elect from 2017-2019 for the Young Leaders in Diabetes Program by International Diabetes Federation and also for the Young Leadership Program at NCD Child.
Apoorva advocates for overcoming stigma among people living with diabetes and the prevention of diabetes-related complications. Outside of research, she spends her time traveling, hiking, and running marathons.
Dr. Maureen Okam Achebe is the Assistant Director for Hematology Integration at the Center for Integration Science. Dr. Achebe is Clinical Director of Hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Clinical director of Hematology Services at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). In these roles she devises strategies for clinical operations improvements and oversees all classical hematology patient care at BWH and DFCI. She is the director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease Center at BWH that delivers state-of-the-art care to adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). Dr. Achebe is deeply involved in the care of individuals with SCD in the US and internationally. She is the co-chair of the data subcommittee of the American Society of Hematology Consortium on newborn screening for SCD in Africa (CONSA) that seeks to demonstrate the benefits of screening and early intervention for SCD underway in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She has represented ASH and CONSA at 2019 World Health Assembly side meeting in Geneva and at WHO Afro regional meetings in Brazzaville, Congo to advance support for the care of individuals with SCD worldwide. Dr. Achebe serves as a commissioner on the Lancet Non-Communicable Disease and Injuries (NCDI) Nigeria Poverty Commission as the sickle cell disease expert and guides the identification and prioritization of policies, interventions and integrated delivery platforms to effectively address and reduce SCD burden in the country. She is actively involved in clinical trials and translational research at BWH and was an investigator in the development of two of the most recently US FDA-approved drugs for SCD. She is Co-Director of the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology ICM: Hematology Clinic for Harvard Medical students.
Dr. Achebe is a graduate of University of Port Harcourt medical school, specialty training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Yale School of Medicine and is a graduate of Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. Sheisan Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Sheila Klassen (MD) is an adult cardiologist with subspecialties in echocardiography and structural heart disease. As Technical Lead of the NCDI Poverty Network Cardiac Expert Group, Assistant Director for Cardiac Integrationat the Center for Integration Science, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Lecturer in the Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Klassen leads programs for decentralization and integration of care for advanced cardiovascular disease at the rural district hospital level across the Network’s Phase 3 and Phase 4 implementation countries as part of PEN-Plus. She has had extensive experience carrying out heart failure and echocardiography training related to PEN-Plus implementation in sub-Saharan Africa and has chaired or directed sessions at international conferences related to heart failure care in limited-resource settings. She also manages cardiology fellowships supported by the Center for Integration Science.
Dr. Klassen earned her MD at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada in 2011 and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at McMaster University followed by an Adult Cardiology fellowship at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Klassen completed a fellowship in Advanced Echocardiography and Clinical Research with Massachusetts General Hospital in 2019 and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2020. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, and an Emerging Leader within the World Heart Federation.
Dr. Wubaye Walelgne Dagnaw was born and educated in Gondar, Ethiopia. Dr. Dagnaw earned his MD in 1997 and a postgraduate Specialty Certificate in Internal Medicine in 2006, both from the Faculty of Medicine of Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He completed his Master of Medical Sciences in Global Health Delivery from the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2021.
Dr. Dagnaw has 20 years of experience in clinical and programmatic management of tropical health problems in East Africa, specifically Ethiopia and South Sudan. He has worked with many international NGOs, including the Johns Hopkins University TSEHAI Project, ICAP at Columbia University, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, as well as for Partners in Health and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dagnaw has helped implement programs for chronic diseases such as tuberculosis, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, HIV and noncommunicable diseases. He has worked in the public sector at both the primary health care level and in tertiary hospitals. Additionally, he has taught medical, health officer and nursing students. From 2006 until 2018, he worked in the private sector as consultant Internist.
He worked for the Ethiopian Ministry of Health for six years as a senior technical advisor for the national noncommunicable diseases and prevention program, which was seconded by the NCD Synergies Program at PIH. He also served as the advisor to the former Minister of Health on health service delivery and health system strengthening.
Dr. Yogesh Jain is a public health physician who earned his MD in Paediatrics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He founded and runs the community health program Jan Swasthya Sahyog (People’s Health Support Group) which operates in rural Bilaspur, India and Sangwari in northern Chhattisgarh. Indigenous people that call more than 2,500 of the most marginalised villages home access the services of Jan Swasthya Sahyog for their health care needs. Dr. Jain helps address the technical, operational, economic or political issues that affect health care for the rural poor through clinical care, careful documentation, observational research studies, developing appropriate health related technology, training, and lobbying. Since observing health and illnesses through the lens of hunger and extreme poverty, Dr. Jain has become an advocate for the state as the primary provider of social services and believes that unbridled privatization while not rectify the inequities in global access to health care.
Colin Pfaff is a Clinical Advisor at the Center for Integration Science and a Senior Regional Advisor for Southern Africa for the NCDI Poverty Network. Dr. Pfaff is a family medicine and public health doctor from South Africa, with 25 years of experience in district level primary health care services in South Africa, Nepal, and Malawi, including HIV, TB and NCD programs.
Matt Coates is a Research Specialist with the Center for Integration Science in Global Health Equity. He began working with the Lancet Commission on NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion in 2016, conducting analyses for the commission report and supporting national commission work. He has contributed to research about the burden of NCDIs by socioeconomic levels, risk factors for these conditions, the availability of health services for NCDIs in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and potential impact of scaling up coverage of interventions to prevent and manage NCDIs. His general interest is in quantitative modeling to project population impact of policies and interventions, incorporating equity considerations.
Matt is currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned an MPH in Global Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, where he contributed to demographic estimates and estimates of disease burden attributable to alcohol consumption for the Global Burden of Disease project from 2013 to 2016.
Laura Drown is a Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Integration Science in Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She earned a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Boston University in early 2016. Her prior work includes child mortality implementation research at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, monitoring & evaluation for a surgical strengthening program in Ethiopia, and regulatory and data management for melanoma clinical trials at Massachusetts General Hospital. Laura’s work since joining the NCDI Poverty Network team in 2020 includes survey design and implementation, qualitative research, and conducting literature reviews.
Dr. Ryan McBain is the Health Economist for the Center for Integration Science and a faculty member of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Ryan holds a secondary appointment at the RAND Corporation—a global policy think tank. Dr. McBain received his Doctor of Science and Master’s degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health and his Bachelor’s degree from Gordon College and Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
A central focus of Dr. McBain’s work pertains to health program and policy evaluation. He combines econometric analysis, costing and simulation methods to assess the efficiency, equity, and cost effectiveness of interventions. Routinely, Dr. McBain has applied these tools in the context of health system strengthening and reform—at local, regional, and national levels.
Dr. McBain has published over 80 articles in top tier journals, and he has led projects sponsored by organizations ranging from the National Institute of Mental Health and Department of Defense to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Skoll Foundation. Dr. McBain’s work is also featured in news outlets such as the New York Times, U.S. News, and NPR, and he has written opinion editorials for outlets such as LA Times and The Hill.
Devashri Salvi is the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Lead at the Center for Integration Science. She is a physical therapist by training and has an MPH with a specialization in Environmental Health and the Design and Conduct of Public Health Research from Boston University.
Devashri has worked in NCD-related research since 2011 on projects conducted in India, Zambia, Kenya, and the United States. After spending five years in India conducting lung health and air quality related research, Devashri moved to Boston, Massachusetts. Most recently Devashri served as the Director of Program Monitoring and Evaluation at a Boston-based anti-poverty nonprofit where she designed the M&E strategy for 11 social programs while serving as a consultant for 110+ partner organizations. Devashri believes in continuous learning and has completed certificate programs in nonprofit leadership and management in 2020 as well as practical quality improvement in 2021.
At the Center for Integration Science, Devashri leads and supports M&E activities that will help scale‐up service delivery within the NCDI Poverty Network. Devashri works to establish and execute the near and long‐term strategy to grow M&E capacity at the local catchment, national, and regional levels within the PEN-Plus program.
Ada Thapa is a Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Integration Science in Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, focusing mainly in the qualitative analysis of the CGM trial.
Ada completed her MPH in Health Policy Analysis and Evaluation with a Global Health certificate from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her MPH program, she interned with Save the Children, US on their USAID-funded Maternal and Child Survival project where she oversaw the qualitative analysis for a key pilot project in Mozambique called “Our First Baby”. Following her graduation, she worked in the Global Mental Health Equity lab at George Washington University as a Research Assistant and performed qualitative analysis for the Gates STAND STRONG project. Ada also worked as Research Associate at Health Foundation Nepal for more than two years on their Non-Communicable Disease project.
Lauren Brown earned an MPH in Healthcare Management from Boston University and a BSc in Public Health and Global Studies from Worcester State University. During her graduate studies, Lauren worked as a mobile health consultant for the Ghanaian NGO Friends of Dwenase (FoD) to implement CommCare into their maternal health center. Prior to joining the PIH NCD Synergies team, she participated in several government-based health programs and fellowships such as the VAPathways Program, where she served as a Health Systems Specialist Traineeand the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program as a Scholar in the Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) at the University of Michigan. Lauren comes to the team with a passion to advocate for eliminating barriers and disparities in access to quality healthcare for underserved communities in low- and lower-middle income countries (LLMICs).
Katia Domingues (MPH) is the PEN-Plus Program Coordinator for the NCDI Poverty Network at the Center for Integration Science in Global Health Equity. She received her MPH from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with two certificates in Monitoring & Evaluation of International Programs and Humanitarian Health. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Tufts University. In addition to her work with PEN-Plus, Katia is a part-time epidemiologist at a local health department in Massachusetts.
Prior to joining the NCDI Poverty Network, Katia served as a COVID-19 Case Investigator Lead for the Portuguese-speaking division of the Internal Language Line at the CTC, a joint program of PIH and the state of Massachusetts. Simultaneously, she was on the JHU COVID-19 Training Initiative team as a student intern and helped create training modules to be used by local boards of health on pandemic response. She also served in the Peace Corps as a Community Health Services promoter in Chicumbane, Mozambique, and helped train health workers at the district hospital in data collection of infectious diseases. While in Mozambique, she trained Mozambican community-based organizations on grant writing skills and successfully acquired two grants to start a health literacy project and community library initiative in the village she served.
Outside of work, Katia likes to go on walks, travel, drink tea and spend time with her family and friends.
Susan joined the team at Brigham & Women’s Hospital’s Division of Global Health Equity as the Membership and Engagement Project Coordinator for the Center for Integration Science in January 2022.
A trip to Ethiopia to adopt her son and a strong desire to contribute to global human equity brought her to a career change from Early Childhood Education to the nonprofit world focused on human dignity, equity, and sustainable humanitarian aid.
She earned a Graduate Certificate focused on Sustainable Aid Delivery at UMass Boston’s Center For Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disaster (CRSCAD), soon after which, she began working for Wide Horizons For Children – an agency providing humanitarian aid to children and families in 10 countries. Over the course of her six years there, she contributed to aid program administration, fundraising and development, major event planning and marketing and engagement.
Katie manages the Membership & Engagement team for the NCDI Poverty Network and serves as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change within the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she was involved in U.S. health policy research post-doctoral training as the Deputy Director for the RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research Program based at Boston University. Over her career, she has been involved in managing various academic activities, initiatives, and international education programs from the Big Ten Academic Alliance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to Queen Mary College, University of London. She received her B. in political science from Emmanuel College and her MA in International Relations from Boston University.
Ramon Ruiz is an Instructional Designer in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Center for Integration Science. He collaborates with experts across the Global Health Delivery Partnership to design, develop, and launch courses for clinicians working at NCD clinics in rural health facilities within low- and lower-middle income countries.
Before joining the NCDI Poverty Network team, Ramon worked at Massachusetts Port Authority, State Street Global Advisors, and Natixis Investment Managers in learning and development, learning management system (LMS) administration, and graphic design. He has a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University.
Leslie Wentworth is a Manager for Health Information Systems and Analytics at Partners in Health (PIH). She earned her MS in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a BA in Spanish and Film Studies from Wesleyan University. Prior to joining PIH, Leslie worked as a monitoring and evaluation manager for child health and cervical cancer programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. During this time, she collaborated with leaders at the World Health Organization to model and cost the scale up of national cervical cancer screening and treatment programs in low resource settings. Leslie’s background is in program implementation and management, research design, and evaluation, and has a strong interest in strengthening information systems to improve health.
Allison Westervelt is the Communications & Events Project Manager for the Center of Integration Science. She earned a Master of Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and a BA in International Relations and Russian Language & Literature from Boston University. Prior to joining the NCDI Poverty Network team in 2021, Allison served on the communications and outreach team for the Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.
Arianna Wolgin is the Project Coordinator for the Center for Integration Science. She earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in Public Health Studies, with a sociocultural concentration, and French Studies from Elon University in 2022. She studied abroad in India where she gained knowledge in global health through community-based participatory research. Before joining the team, Arianna learned skills in project management at the First Twenty and at Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia, PA.
Gene Kwan, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University
Dr. Gene Kwan is a cardiologist and global health researcher with expertise in the intersection between these two fields. His primary goal is to push the frontier of global cardiovascular disease epidemiology and health service delivery research through the development, implementation, evaluation, improvement, and dissemination of integrated chronic care programs targeted to overcome specific barriers in rural low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). He leads heart failure and cardiovascular disease initiatives to support the PEN-Plus strategy with the NCDI Poverty Team. This includes training providers in echocardiography, patient management, as well as identifying and eradicating barriers to care faced by our patients.
Celina Trujillo, MPH, MSN, RN, CPNP, CDCES
Type 1 Diabetes and Global Health Equity Research Fellow
Celina Trujillo is a pediatric nurse practitioner and has worked in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology for the past seven years. She joined the NCD Synergies Program team in 2019 as a Type 1 Diabetes and Global Health Equity Research Fellow. Celina’s background is in public health, and prior to becoming a nurse she worked as the field coordinator for a longitudinal research study examining the effects of environmental exposures on children’s health. Her current research interests are focused on the implementation of training and mentorship programs focused on behavioral approaches to chronic care management for clinicians caring for patient in rural areas in low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs). Celina practices in California’s rural Salinas Valley caring for children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She also teaches at the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco in the Diabetes Concentration. Celina is actively involved in Diabetes Youth Families (DYF) organizing diabetes camps for children and adolescents.
Gina Ferrari, MSN, MPH, FNP-C, CDCES
Type 1 Diabetes and Global Health Equity Research Fellow
Gina Ferrari joined the team in 2019 as a research fellow after completing a dual Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests focus on the implementation of training and mentorship programs facilitating behavioral approaches to chronic disease management for clinicians caring for patients in rural areas of low- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs). She has a background in diabetes technology research and has spent over 10 years working at diabetes camps for children in the U.S. and abroad. Gina currently practices as a clinician and diabetes educator at a Federally Qualified Health Center in San Diego, California caring for adults with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Gina’s passion for promoting and providing equitable access to high quality diabetes care stems from her own type 1 diabetes diagnosis over 10 years ago.