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Andrea Link, MD

Executive Director

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Dr. Link graduated from Brown University, then received her medical degree and training in pediatrics from Stanford University School of Medicine.  After several years as a pediatrician with Texas Children's Pediatric Associates, she had a shift in her clinical interests and spent three years working with incarcerated women at Harris County Jail as part of Healthcare for the Homeless Houston’s Jail Inreach Program.  From her experiences working with these women, she developed "Healthy and Whole" an innovative and award-winning program which provides women exiting prostitution and human trafficking with comprehensive trauma-informed health and wellness programming. Healthy and Whole also gave hundreds of medical, pharmacy, nursing and social work students the opportunity to learn about marginalized communities while volunteering as part of the program. Dr. Link has long advocated for the underserved, testifying in front of the Texas Supreme Court on mental health reforms and presenting her research on the needs of women exiting the criminal justice system at national conferences. She also brings a long history of teaching students having had teaching appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and the UTHealth School of Public Health. She knows the Fellowship well having served as the Board Chair for the past five years, overseeing the growth of ASFHG from training just twelve Fellows a year to a cohort that now numbers over fifty a year.  She also led the expansion of Consortium Schools to include HBCU’s and nursing schools.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for New Hope Housing, leading the Resident Services Committee.

Joanna Hawkins, MPH

Junior Fellow Program Director

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Joanna Hawkins graduated from Southwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a concentration in Race & Ethnicity Studies. She earned her Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health at Houston. Prior to college, Joanna trained as a sexual health educator for K-6th grade students and co-taught a comprehensive sexual health class to 4th and 5th graders. After graduating college, Joanna gained experience at Harris County Public Health working in quality management and quality improvement within the Disease Control & Clinical Prevention division. During her MPH program, she worked on HIV-prevention research projects focusing on men who have sex with men (MSM) and substance-using MSM at UTHealth School of Public Health. Joanna shifted her focus to women’s health and conducted research with UTHealth School of Public Health to better understand the needs of women exiting the criminal justice system, and then coordinated research at Baylor College of Medicine focused on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. Joanna is also an Albert Schweitzer Fellow-for-Life. For her project, she served women in the Houston-area who were transitioning back into society after being incarcerated. Joanna currently works at Baylor College of Medicine in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services as the Syphilis Coordinator for the Fetal Infant Morbidity Review Board for Syphilis and HIV in Houston (FIMRSH). FIMRSH is a program focused on preventing mother-to-child transmission of syphilis and HIV during pregnancy by educating healthcare providers and implementing system-wide changes.

Carol Jacob, MPH, CHES

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Program Director

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Carol graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Sociology. During her undergraduate education, she worked as a research assistant in several fields including human pathogen based Microbiology research and “Sit Down and Play”, a brief primary care-based program to facilitate positive parenting behaviors through take-home play activities. She then earned her Master of Public Health degree in Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health at Houston with certificates in health disparities as well as maternal and child health. During her MPH, Carol worked on adolescent sexual health research projects in high teen birth rate areas in the greater Houston Area and was the
internal chair for the student outREACH student organization. In addition, Carol is also an Albert Schweitzer Fellow-for-Life; her project focused on healthy relationships and sexual health education in adolescent teen girls at New Hope Housing. Carol looks forward to applying what she has learned with her education and experience to assist current fellows in program development, management, and using an intersectional lens when working with communities.

Jacob Moran

Fellowship Associate

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Jacob Moran is in his final year of the combined MD-PhD program at UTMB. He completed coursework and defended his dissertation in the spring of 2020 for a PhD in Population Health Sciences. In 2016, he participated in the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and developed a community health fair and garden at St. Vincent's Clinic in Galveston. Throughout his time at UTMB, he has remained committed to serving the community through St. Vincent's and has mentored many Schweitzer Fellows. He served on the ASFHG Board and Executive Committee for two years after completing his fellowship year and is excited to be returning to serve as a Fellowship Associate.

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Hunter Reinertsen-Forehand

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Program Assistant, Social Media Manager

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As a Houston native, Hunter graduated from Episcopal High School before pursuing two degrees at Louisiana State University. She graduated LSU with a B.A. in Digital Advertising and a B.A. in Spanish. During her senior year, Hunter worked for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in their marketing department, with emphases on advertising campaigns, geo-locating, database research and management, industry trends, and customer relations. Prior to joining the Fellowship, Hunter was a high school Spanish teacher in New Orleans, responsible for creating innovative lesson plans for four different levels of instruction. Hunter is eager to utilize her communication and social media strategies to positively impact community relations and engagement for the Fellowship. 

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