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Malavika Divakaran, MPH, is a PHI/CDC Program Management Fellow with Office of the Director – Office of the Associate Director of Global Health Security. She will support in the development of strategy and communication material for the Global Health Security Agenda. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida. In the past six years, Malavika has demonstrated experience in advocating for evidence-based policy change, program management, and initiating new projects and partnerships. For the past three years, she worked with J-Pal South Asia in India where she conducted primary data analysis, trained enumerators, and implemented evaluation studies for government funded health and education projects. Prior to joining J-PAL, Malavika lived and worked in Madagascar, Haiti, and the U.S. where she managed sexual and reproductive health research projects, conducted participatory research to implement community based economic development programs, and served as a social worker for teenage mothers. She speaks French, Haitian Creole, and Tamil. Malavika is passionate about two things – bridging the gap in translation of research into policy and implementation along with increasing people’s access to information and resources to realize institutional and social change. She is excited to excited to grow with her team at CDC.

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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