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McKinzie Gales, MPH, is a PHI/CDC Global Health Security Fellow with the Global Rapid Response Team (GRRT) in the Division of Global Health Protection. She will be assisting GRRT leadership in monitoring and evaluating team activities and identifying approaches to strengthen the program as well as surge recruitment, training, and deployment. McKinzie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Western Washington University and a Master of Public Health degree with a dual concentration in Global Health and Maternal and Child Health, from the Colorado School of Public Health. Her Master’s field research focused on ART adherence among HIV+ women who experienced an adverse pregnancy outcome in Kenya, as well as implementing and evaluating community engagement in both domestic and international settings. Prior to joining the fellowship, McKinzie worked as a Community Health Coordinator for a county Health Department in Washington where she developed and managed several behavioral health contracts, oversaw two local ordinances, and led evaluation, surveillance, and data-related projects for a CDC grant. She has prior work and study experience in Thailand, Myanmar, and Kenya and is excited to continue growing her global health, language, and intercultural skills.

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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