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Absera Melaku

Absera Melaku is the Program Manager for the University of Chicago Center for Global Health. She provides overall direction for the Center by managing its long-term strategy, developing and managing education programs and initiatives, and overseeing the operational infrastructure.  Absera fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative relationships with non-University partners and University faculty, students, and staff to further the Center’s mission to broaden global health education, training, research, advocacy, and engagement. Before coming to the Center, Absera served as Research and Grants Manager for the Institute for Policy Research Two-Generation Education Research Initiative at Northwestern University. In collaboration with investigators from Columbia and Harvard Universities, she contributed to multiple mixed-methods antipoverty studies examining the implementation and effectiveness of two-generation education interventions and the intersection of policy and practice for economically disadvantaged families and their children. Absera received her Master of Medical Anthropology and Master of Public Health from Case Western Reserve University and her interests lie in global health education and promotion, adolescent health and youth development, and community-based public health programming, implementation, and evaluation.