Region of the Americas

The IWG Region of the Americas believes that public health should know no bounds, and that the voices of all deserve to be brought forward in conversations on public health. To achieve these goals, the AMR team is working to expand the diversity of its membership along social, cultural and linguistic domains, and further hopes to expand operations into South America and the Caribbean. The AMR group has also worked to humanize public health by piloting a photo-voice campaign called “The Unprecedented Times,” in collaboration with EUR team members. Regional leadership also currently has plans for knowledge generation and dissemination, including submission of op-eds and leading installations of the global lecture series to bring together established and emerging leaders in public health to discuss priority global and regional health systems issues.

Malvikha Manoj is a steering committee representative for the Americas Region currently residing in the United Arab Emirates. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on global health policy, monitoring and evaluation of international health programs, humanitarian health, and health systems strengthening. Her public health interests lie in integrating and strengthening the health system to strengthen capacities and transcend silos, and in advocating for stronger allyship and global health leadership and governance as a means to empower genuine, meaningful, and equitable partnerships between the global north and south.

Catherine Villanueva is a steering committee representative for the Americas Region currently residing in the United States. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on health systems, humanitarian health and bioethics. Her public health passions lie in building bridges across sectors to reimagine health systems and ensuring ethical and equitable practices are implemented at the systems level.

Luana Araujo is a medical doctor, infectious disease speciaist, health educator, and public health specialist with ten years of experience within clinical and research-based institutions in Brazil. She received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University (2020) focused on infectious disease response, health systems improvement, and primary health care innovation. Ms. Araujo is passionate about finding solutions for reforming and strengthening health systens by implementing a safe, effective, quality, and affordable primary health care system to absorb infectious disease crises. She has been a vocal influencer in the fight against COVID-19 through her research, operationl guidance to the Braziian government, and lead voice on educational materials. Fluent in Portuguese and English, she currently resides in Brazil.

Nuria Gallego Marquez is a regional leadership member for the Americas region currently residing in Spain. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Her interests lie primarily in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on reproductive justice and equity among vulnerable populations. Her current work as a graduate research assistant focuses on measuring and describing stigma against key populations such as MSM, transgender women and FSW living with HIV internationally. As she starts her career as a public health professional, she hopes to continue her work in sexual and reproductive health with a focus on humanitarian settings.

Lexy Jamison is a regional leadership member for the Americas Region currently residing in the United States. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control and additional graduate certificates in vaccine science and policy and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to graduate school, Lexy worked as a scientific program analyst at the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health on biosecurity and biosafety capacity building projects and epidemiological research studies. She is currently working at the International Vaccine Access Center and is primarily focused on building sustainable and equitable vaccination programs, combating misinformation, improving science and risk communication, and monitoring, evaluation and implementation science.

Joseph Millward is a regional lead for the Americas Region currently residing in the United States. He completed his Master of Health Science in Global Health Economics at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he currently works as a senior research staff member. Joseph has developed a strong career in health economics, health systems, and SBC research, having provided technical consultancy to grassroots NGOs and leading analysis for projects with organizations like the World Bank. In his work at Johns Hopkins, Joseph currently co-leads national research projects on malaria behaviors in Kenya and Liberia, and leads analysis for programs on malaria behaviors in focal countries for USAID. Joseph’s interests lie at the intersection of applied economics, public health and social and behavioral sciences, with particular interest in implementation science and impact analysis.

Lauren Tejkl is a regional leader for the Americas Region and is currently residing in the United States. She is the regional secretary and likes to link relevant notes to important GIFs and memes. She is pursuing her Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Systems, which she is planning to complete in December 2020. While at JHBSPH, Lauren also completed a graduate certificate in humanitarian health. Before being a graduate student, Lauren worked domestically in Atlanta, Georgia for multiple NGOs. She primarily focused on health education for childhood obesity prevention and advocacy for resettled refugees. Her experience was a catalyst for a broader interest in migration and health concepts, which has become concentrated to focus on the increasingly significant world of climate-migration.