Current staff members
Medical Officer, Founder
Alok co-founded Healthyouth as a response to his work as a HIV prevention educator in India and Thailand in 2006. From his time as as a pediatric grievance counselor with Tu Nidito, and camp counselor with Camp del Corazon, a retreat for children with congenital heart disease, Alok discovered a passion within the interpersonal side of medicine. This fueled his decision to pursue a career in pediatrics and preventative healthcare measures. Alok's work has been featured in peer-reviewed journals and on national media outlets such as ABC. Alok earned his MD from the University of Arizona and is wrapping up his final year as a Pediatric Resident at Seattle Children's Hospital. You can follow him on Twitter @alokpatelmd
Co-Director, The Gambia
Haddi Cham is the director of programs in Gambia. She serves as the liaison between Healthyouth and its Gambia partners. She is also in charge of overseeing all activities and programs in the Gambia. Her responsibilities include working with the Ministry of Health to scale up the implementation of our HIV prevention interventions for youth. Haddi has been recognized by The Gambian Minister of Health for piloting Healthyouth's HIV intervention for girls and adolescents.
Haddi has an interest in adolescent sexual health and HIV prevention focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa youth populations. She has a strong background in program development, adolescent health research, and evaluation. Haddi serves as a evaluation officer for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Gambia, she completed her B.S. in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park. Haddi graduated with a Masters in Public Health Degree at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Co-Director, The Gambia
Ramatoulie supports programmatic and evaluation activities in the Gambia. Her responsibilities include the adaptation of evidence-based adolescent reproductive health programs and survey tools to ensure that they are both culturally appropriate and understandable to the Gambian youth population. Ramatoulie is passionate about women's empowerment and a strong advocate for adolescents and women's access to reproductive health education and services. Her background is in adolescent health research and evaluation, curriculum development and sexual health promotion. Ramatoulie obtained her B.A. in Biology and French from Saint Catherine University in Minnesota and has a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Promotion with an interdisciplinary concentration in Global Health from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.
Courtney has experience in global health and graduated with a degree in public health and Spanish from the University of Arizona. At Healthyouth, she leads volunteer programs and special projects. Prior to Healthyouth, Courtney founded an initiative in Guatemala providing social and health care support of residents of Buena Vista. Her strong leadership skills led to the development of a community center and film documenting the day-to-day struggles of local residents in Guatemala.
Kornsiri "Aor" was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She attended Ramkhamhang University in Bangkok in 2004. Prior to Healthyouth, Aor worked for the Thai Foundation and was in charge of a program for underprivileged children, where she collaborated with local organizations to improve education and health. Aor has worked with Healthyouth for over 6 years.
Mick has been working with international volunteers since 2004. Volunteers often find it easy to pick Mick out of a crowd due to his tall stature. Mick leads volunteer groups and assists Aw in placement and logistical efforts. Mick also conducts weekly visits to volunteers at the project site, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and the volunteers’ concerns are addressed.
Prior to Healthyouth, Mick worked with a large Thai ecotourism organization and played a relationship building role among statutory bodies, NGOs and local people.
We have two children Marife who is 6 years old and Renzo who is just 3 months, we started Carismaperu 8 years ago.
We are both young professionals who have graduated from The National University of Central Peru and have received our masters in Teaching and Management in Education. In addition we have each completed a diploma in English.
In our professional work as teachers, we have observed and recognized the serious social problems concerning our local area.
Our collaboration with education and social support organizations provides us with the expertise to carry out our work in the most appropriate way
For the past four years Carisma Peru has collaborated with Healthyouth and we have been very happy to work with these volunteers and to share many experiences together.
Recruitment Lead, UIUC, Peru Volunteer
Jayna Patel is currently a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying molecular and cellular biology and anthropology. She volunteered with Healthyouth during the summer of 2013 at the clinics in Peru. She is very thankful for everything she experienced in Peru, and she cannot wait to apply what she learned there as, hopefully, a future pediatrician. At UIUC, she is the Co-President for Dr. Interns, which is another organization dedicated to teaching their interns about medicine other countries. She also loves volunteering at the local nursing home and the Daily Bread Soup kitchen. She is extremely dedicated to helping those around her, and she is grateful that she was able to take her passion for helping others to Peru. Her volunteering experience was a dream come true.
fmr Director, Peru, Coordinator, UIUC
Michelle is a molecular and cellular biology major at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, she works as a volunteer at Carle Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and is involved in a research study involved with the effects of Prenatal Exposure to Chemicals in Plastics and Personal Care Products on Infant Health and Development. Her extracurricular activities include participating in the group Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan which raises awareness and spreads our objectives of higher education, self-determination, and empowerment as well as the improving our communities.
Joe Fu is a public health administrator with experience in international health and development. Joe works for the Department of State's flagship HIV/AIDS program as a Strategic Information Officer. He is a published author in JAIDS and Health Affairs and his work has been cited in the Secretary of State's global AIDS strategy. Joe has been invited to serve on speaking panels for Health Affairs and has served as a guest lecturer on public health behavior change at Johns Hopkins. His research interests include cost-effectiveness analysis and impact evaluation of high level programs. He also is a co-director of the Social Innovation Lab, an incubator for companies and organizations with a social impact. Joe is Flinn Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a Flinn-Brown Fellow.
Recruitment Lead, ASU, Global Health Fellow in Peru, Peru Coordinator
Jack is a graduate of the Barrett Honors College at ASU and a former Healthyouth volunteer in Peru. As a student, he studied medicinal biochemistry and spent several years involved in cervical cancer research at The Biodesign Institute. His work was focused on creating a testing device suitable for developing countries. For nearly a decade, Jack has also been a counselor and staff member with the Camp Swift Youth Foundation, through which he found a passion for helping adolescent youth. Before joining Healthyouth, Jack worked as a teacher and tutor for college admissions exams. In his spare time, he trains as a competitive fencer.
Ana is a current Public Health Major at the University of Arizona. She is scheduled to graduate in May 2015. Ana has been working with Healthyouth the past 3 months. She has been focusing on recruitment and a public health campaign to be implemented in Peru that focuses on improving basic hygiene and health of rural communities!