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Zaena Tessema, MPH, is a PHI/CDC Global Health Surveillance Fellow in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch based at CDC in Atlanta. She received her MPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) and her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from the University of Maryland. Prior to attending RSPH, Zaena worked closely with the Maryland Department of Health, along with local health systems, to implement evidence-based programs aiming to improve chronic disease-related health outcomes among low-income populations. Since pursuing her MPH, Zaena has conducted research on HIV risk factors among key populations in the US with both the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and the RSPH Department of Epidemiology. Additionally, under organizations such as the Task Force for Global Health and the US National Authority for Containment of Poliovirus, Zaena has worked closely on national birth-defect surveillance system development and data standardization, as well as using national poliovirus survey data for cleaning, analysis, and dashboard creation. She will be working on the cross-branch Tracking with Recency Assays to Control the Epidemic (TRACE) initiative and is excited to see how strong surveillance systems play a role in infectious disease outbreak response and preparedness.

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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