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The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, implemented by the Public Health Institute, is a CDC-funded fellowship that supports promising emerging global public health professionals to develop technical skills needed to respond to today’s public health needs and challenges. The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program builds on a long history of fellowship programs by the Centers for Disease Control and Public Health Institute for students, graduates, and emerging professionals to strengthen the global public health workforce and programs with an emphasis in the areas of epidemiology, HIV prevention, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), strategic information, program management, and surveillance.

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Mike Sage, MPH

Mike Sage, MPH is the Program Director for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. As Program Director, Mike is the primary point of contact with the CDC on strategic vision for the program and is responsible for maintaining technical success of the program while also ensuring compliance with funder requirements. Mike currently holds an appointment as Guest Researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and serves as a senior consultant to the Public Health Institute (PHI).  The American Thoracic Society also appointed Mike as the current Executive Director of Stop TB USA, the US Partner to the Global Stop TB Partnership.  Prior to retirement from CDC he served as Senior Advisor for Global Environmental Health, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), with responsibilities that included managing CDC efforts to support clean and safe Cookstoves programs.  He has extensive experience in public health policy/program development, implementation, and evaluation. He has served in numerous leadership positions at CDC including; Director, Public Health Portfolio Management Program, Office of the Director, CDC; Director of Global Business Services; Deputy Director of the Office of Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response; and Associate Director for Policy, Evaluation, and Planning, NCEH.

Christine Caraballo

Christine Caraballo is the Program Manager for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. In her role as Program Manager, Christine is responsible for overall day to day management of the program. This also includes serving as the primary contact for CDC management and mentors and leading efforts in the development and interpretation of program policies and procedures. Christine brings 14 years of extensive experience supporting non-profit, federally funded global health programs through program management, recruitment, and customer relations. Prior to joining the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, Christine worked as the Lead for Participant Support and Facility Security Officer for PHI’s Global Health Fellows Program II, where she provided leadership and oversight to the participant support team in areas including on boarding, orientation, travel management, site development and customer service. She holds a BA in Sociology from San Diego State University.

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Whitney Sterten-Hall

Whitney Sterten-Hall is the Administration and Communications Lead for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. Whitney provides administrative and financial support to fellows and leads the development of program communications. Her professional background is in international education and social work, and she holds ten years of experience in planning and implementing international programs.  Prior to working with the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program, she worked as a Teacher, Social Worker and Program Manager for various community centers and study abroad programs, where she coordinated outreach efforts, student engagement and program development. Whitney is bilingual in Spanish and speaks beginning French and Swahili. She has worked abroad in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Tanzania. She earned her BA in Anthropology from New York University, and her Master of Social Work with an emphasis on Program Management and International Social Welfare from Columbia University in New York, NY.

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Lauren Sebesta, MPH

Lauren Sebesta, MPH is the Program Administrative Assistant for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. In her role, Lauren provides administrative support to the program, assists with the development of program communications, and facilitates program processes. Lauren’s professional background is in health communications, where she coordinated outreach efforts, managed campaigns, and created public health interventions focused on mental health promotion. She earned her BA in Biology from Binghamton University and her Master of Public Health from the University at Albany.

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Erika Buckley

Erika Buckley is the Recruitment and Fellowship Support Lead for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. Erika Leads program recruitment and onboarding processes, and provides direct support to fellows, including providing guidance on completing GOFs and managing the close out process. Erika joins PHI from a professional background in the higher education field, where she specialized in Intercultural Support, International Student Support, and DEI & Leadership Education. Erika, a native of Michigan, also previously taught English abroad in Korea and did some studies in China.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Grand Valley State University and a M.A. in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University.

Evodie Chendjou

Evodie Chendjou is the Financial Analyst for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program.  As a Financial Analyst, Evodie is responsible for generating monthly financial reports and analyses, managing the reimbursement inbox, processing vendor invoices, reviewing  fellow’s expense claims, and managing the reconciliation of program expenses.  Evodie brings 6 years of progressive experience in Finance and Accounting, federal funding compliance, and financial management. Prior to joining the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship, Evodie worked for MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Grants and Contract Accounting Analyst.  Evodie Holds a BS in Finance from Winona State University and an MBA in Finance from Prairie View A&M University.

Theresa Milbrodt

Theresa Milbrodt is the Fellowship Support Specialist for the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. In her role, Theresa helps welcome new fellows to the program and provides ongoing support to all of the fellows throughout their placements. Theresa joins the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program from a background in people management, where she worked to support the professional development of her colleagues. She has worked and volunteered with various nonprofits both domestically and internationally in Nicaragua, Ireland, and Thailand. Theresa holds a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Biology and Strategic Communication and earned her Master’s Degree in International Human Resource Management while studying abroad in London.

Roara Michael

Roara Michael, MHA is the University Liaison Program Officer at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. As the Program Officer, Ms. Michael, in collaboration with Public Health Institute, facilitates communication between project staff and academic members about the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program. Ms. Michael also coordinates member engagement on process design, application selection and support, and engages with accredited schools and programs to support outreach efforts of the fellowship program. Previously, Ms. Michael was the Project Manager at the National Quality Forum where she managed multiple quality measurement and improvement projects under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services portfolio. Ms. Michael also served as Senior Project Coordinator for Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health. In this role, she coordinated and provided direct support to multiple practice improvement and leadership programs, including CDC-funded initiatives and the National Council’s public health portfolio. Ms. Michael served as the Senior Associate for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions where she managed the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) contract awarded to Behavioral Health Integration (BHI) and Substance Abuse Service Expansion (SASE) grantees to integrate behavioral health into primary care settings. Additionally, she supported the delivery of national technical assistance for SAMHSA Primary Behavioral Health Care Integration grantees. Prior to joining the National Council, Ms. Michael worked in behavioral health and local government satisfying her passion in public health and government providing integral support related to health equity for underserved communities. She received a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park.

The PHI/CDC Global Health Fellowship Program is implemented for CDC by the Public Health Institute and its partner Consortium of Universities for Global Health.


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