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Ahfiya Howard, DrPH, MSW, is a PHI/CDC epidemiology fellow serving as a coordinator for the Respiratory Disease Branch’s international portfolio of projects which include the Pan-Respiratory Disease Surveillance and Global Health Security activities. She earned her Master of Social Work and Doctor of Public Health from Jackson State University. Dr. Howard has nearly 15 years of experiences as a social worker and mental health therapist. In addition, she has over seven years of experience in higher education where she has taught social work and public health courses. Furthermore, Ahfiya spent 6 years as Chair for the Bachelor of Social Work Program at Jackson State University. During her tenure at JSU, she led and developed a study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina where the program focused on social legislation and human diversity while exploring the health care, political and educational systems. She has presented at several conferences and seminars covering topics such as food deserts, online learning among minority students, and compassion fatigue. Some of her research interests include minority health and health disparities and preventive care. In her spare time, Ahfiya enjoys volunteering to help assist vulnerable populations in need.

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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