Bringing human voice to Public Health problems, with Andrea Mantsios

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Andrea Mantsios, the Founder and Principal Consultant of Public Health Innovation and Action. They discuss Andrea’s career journey, how to navigate through jobs and experiences in your career, and how social justice and focusing on the human voice has been central through Andrea’s life. 

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • How the concept of social justice was instilled on Andrea from an early age and how she found her way into public health 
  • Andrea’s various job experiences and research interests
  • Andrea’s experience doing global health in Tanzania and how it helped her connect theory to reality in health education
  • Things to consider if you are thinking about pursuing higher education to open up job prospects
  • Tips on crafting your career around your passions and personal lifestyle
  • Why Andrea created her own public health consulting company to pursue her passions in public health

Today’s Guest:

Andrea Mantsios, PhD, MHS, is Founder and Principal Consultant of Public Health Innovation and Action (Phia), a public health consultancy focused on amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities to promote equity in health research and programs. Her career has included working in government, academia, and healthcare institutions in settings around the world including the U.S., Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Andrea has a passion for qualitative research and focuses her work on the role of social and structural factors in shaping health outcomes. She has worked extensively on community-empowerment approaches to addressing HIV among female sex workers in Tanzania and conducting qualitative research in the U.S. and Spain on patient and provider experiences with long-acting injectable anti-retroviral therapy to inform programmatic rollout. Andrea’s previous work includes research on risks for HIV, tuberculosis, and syphilis among people who use drugs in Tijuana, Mexico, and large-scale program design for New York City’s jurisdictional efforts to scale up routine HIV screening in health care and community settings. Andrea received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Health Science (MHS) degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. When she’s not working, Andrea can be found in the kitchen making family recipes with her kids.

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