MPH, Columbia University, New York, NY MA, Brown University, Providence, RI BS, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Dana Smiles has worked in the global public health field for ten years with extensive experience designing, implementing, and evaluating multi-level, evidence-based, and scalable programs focused on girls and young women, ethnographic and qualitative research, and capacity building for non-profit organizations and institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. In 2012, Dana moved to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to conduct participatory research with girls to determine the challenges girls face when transitioning through puberty in parts of Ethiopia and their suggestions for creating more receptive environments. Her research resulted in the development and publication of “Growth and Changes,” a girls’ puberty guide book approved by the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and disseminated throughout the country. Dana also served as a Project Coordinator at the Population Council in New York, NY where she led capacity strengthening work for organizations building girl-centered programs in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Haiti, and the United States. Dana is currently working to build effective girl-centered, community-based programming for adolescent girls in Louisiana
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