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Retention Specialists

Retention Specialist


Nico Davis is a second year Master's of Science student in the Epidemiology department. Nico has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Auburn University. Nico is focusing on the Epidemiology of sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and vector borne diseases with a primary concentration on eastern/south eastern Africa. In addition to being the biostatistics retention specialist, Nico is doing data analysis for a Chicago-based asthma intervention project with the American Lung Association of Chicago. His interest in biostatistics and epidemiology stem from his time in Peace Corps Mozambique where he served as a high-school physics and chemistry teacher. Many of his projects in Mozambique dealt with health education, HIV prevention/counseling, and high-school level science fairs. He served as the national coordinator for Mozambique's science fair program, which implemented HIV testing and linkage to care as an attempt to identify and treat young, HIV positive Mozambicans. Nico is available for any needs or questions that you may have in biostatistics or epidemiology. 


Darlene Nolasco is a second year Master of Public Health student in Epidemiology as well as a Master's of Business Administration in Economics. Her research interests are in sexual health, HIV/AIDS and HIV Care Continuum health, LGBTQ health, and social/structural determinants of health (social cohesion, housing, neighborhood effects). Darlene graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.S in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology and worked in research laboratories before venturing into public health. Previously, she has interned with Chicago Public School’s Office of Health & Wellness doing quantitative data analysis on the evaluation of their LGBTQ focused professional development. Presently, she is interning with the Chicago Department of Public Health within the Office of Epidemiology where she is working on a project that looks at neighborhood effects on health outcomes in the various community areas of Chicago. Additionally, she is helping a group at the College of Medicine perform quantitative data analysis on a project that assesses risk of HIV and attitudes towards PrEP in Latino men who have sex with men. Darlene currently holds the position of Vice President of the Public Health Student Association at the School of Public Health and looks forward to working with the incoming MPH students!  


Anna Yankelev is a second year Master's of Public Health student in the Community Health Sciences department, and is also a Master's of Business Administration candidate in the Management department. Anna's primary focus is on building power for health equity by working with local organizations and health departments on structural level changes (including social and political policies) to ensure that everyone has the opportunity for good health. In addition to working as the Writing Retention Specialist, Anna works as a Research Assistant at the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice, assisting with qualitative research and analysis on various projects. She also assists with community outreach, knowledge translation, and policy analysis in her practicum at the Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County. Finally, Anna is a facilitator for Radical Public Health, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness and action surrounding the root causes of health inequity. Anna's passion for social justice and equity have guided her academic and professional pursuits since her undergraduate career at Brandeis University, where she majored in Public Health and Anthropology. Her interest in writing stems from the importance of knowing how to effectively communicate one's thoughts and opinions, and she hopes to help SPH students translate their own ideas into eloquent, academic, and persuasive writing. Whether you need help brainstorming paper topics, finding resources, building content, proofreading, formatting citations, or anything in between, make an appointment with Anna today!

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