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Brianna Backes, MPH, is a PHI/CDC Global Health Program Management Fellow working on HIV prevention and treatment in South Africa. Brianna has 7+ years of global public health experience working with a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including CARE International, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the U.S. Peace Corps (Madagascar 2015-2017). She is passionate about the use of participatory methods, behavior change communication, and community health education to positively impact vulnerable populations around the world, especially women and adolescents. Brianna holds a Master of Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) in African Studies and Women and Gender Studies. You can find her and her dog, Jojo, out and about in Pretoria hiking, studying French, and eating way too many desserts.

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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