Current / Former Fellows

2015-2016 Health Policy Leadership Fellows

Carizma Amila Chapman DMFT, PhD (c), LMFT

Carizma Amila is a licensed Marital and Family Therapist and Family Educator with a passion for collaborating with families, communities, and organizations in the promotion of community health. Trained as a behavioral scientist with concentrations in public health, systems consultation, and bioethics, she received her master’s degree at Appalachian State University and doctorate at Loma Linda University. Amila’s professional experience includes international community assessments, program development, program evaluation, and the provision of educational and therapeutic services related to HIV, attachment-based parenting, obesity, and addiction. She strives to address the systemic nature of health disparities by addressing the public/behavioral health dynamics by which they are created and perpetuated.  She adopts pragmatic approaches, using partnerships and research to increase the availability and accessibility of interventions needed by underserved, minority, and substance abusing populations.

As a Health Policy Fellow, Amila hopes to advance her understanding of health inequities, behavioral health, and sexual and reproductive health, and develop her ability to use social policy and leadership to advance health equity.  After completing the fellowship program, Amila plans to lead community-based partnerships and programs to improve family health and combat treatment disparities among marginalized and underserved populations.

Angelica Geter, DrPH, MPH

Angelica Geter is native of Jackson, Mississippi. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Mississippi College and a M.P.H. in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She completed her doctoral studies in Health Behavior with a minor in Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky.

Her current research and teaching interests include the intersection of sexual health and wellness, sex trafficking, HIV/STI prevention, and health policy, particularly among underserved youth. Her professional experience includes research, data management, development, adaptation, and evaluation of STI/HIV-related interventions for minority populations.  As a result of her work, she has coauthored a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals and presented her research at national HIV/AIDS prevention and public health conferences. She is committed to research, advocacy, and the advancement of sexual health and health equity among African American men and women and other underserved populations.

Renee Monique Haynes, MD, MPH

Monique was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and grew up in Miami, Florida. She earned a B.S. degree in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Health at Florida International University with certificates in epidemiology and health promotion. She received her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Monique completed her family medicine residency at the University of Florida in Clearwater, Florida. She is board certified in family medicine.

Monique is a Combined Health Policy/GaLEND Fellow, participating in both the Satcher Health Leadership Institute Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program and GaLEND Program at Georgia State University. She is committed to increasing the visibility of marginalized populations and developing the policy and advocacy skills needed to be an effective advocate for persons with disabilities. Her long-term goal is to work with the U.S. government to improve the health resources of marginalized populations in the Southeastern United States.

Mario D Ramsey, JD, MPH

Mario is a native of Pineville, South Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Science at Clemson University, Master of Public Health at Morehouse School of Medicine, and his Juris Doctorate at Wake Forest University School of Law.  His research interests focus on access to health care, including the ACA and Medicare policies—with particular interest on how such policies affect minorities and other disadvantaged populations.

Mario has worked in different capacities in health policy settings since 2009, including creating reports as a health care analyst with the Government Accountability Office, working on access issues for older Americans at the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and working as a health care navigator at Legal Aid of North Carolina. He is committed to advancing policies targeted to improving the health of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

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