Michella Otmar, Assistant Director of Programming~ As both a Labor & Delivery nurse and Tuberculosis Public Health nurse in Santa Cruz, California, Michella brings her diverse experience in both public health and clinical care to The Ihangane Project. She recently traveled to Ruli, Rwanda to work directly with the Ruli District Hospital HIV team to build upon the first year of the Nutrition for HIV-Exposed Infants Program. She conducted home visits with the women in our pilot project, and worked with the Ruli community to strengthen the Ihangane Project infrastructure in Rwanda. She is also a very quick learner of Kinyarwanda! Michella will continue to work with The Ihangane Project as a major contributor to nutrition program.
Blakeley Lowry, Evaluation Consultant~ Blakeley recently traveled to Rwanda from New York City to assist The Ihangane Project and Ruli District Hospital’s HIV Team develop a simple monitoring and evaluation system for the Nutrition for HIV-Exposed Infants (NHI) program. Through this work, the team collaborated on a tool that will used to screen infants on a monthly basis. The information gathered from this screening will be used to track specific indicators and to evaluate successes or weaknesses in the program. Blakeley is developing a logic model for the NHI program that will allow our team to monitor progress and adjust the program over time. In addition, she is developing an Evaluation Guide that will describe how other communities can replicate our process of program development.
Sean Morris, MPH Project Lead Community Nutrition Program
Sean recently completed the Master’s of Public Health program at University of Michigan. As the TIP 2011 William Davidson Institute (WDI) fellow, he brought his passion for nutrition and sustainable agriculture to our nutrition program. He was integral to the development of the Duteraninkunga Farming Association in Nyange, and provided objective recommendations that will guide TIP’s work with Ruli District Hospital’s Community Based Nutrition Program. We are excited to welcome him as our project lead in this work! In January of 2013, he will travel to Rwanda for 6 months to implement programming that he is designing in collaboration with the Rwandan-based team.
Whitney Waldron, Home Assessment Consultant
Whitney brings her extensive experience in HIV case management and home assessments to our growing team. In addition to her work with TIP, she currently works as a case manager for people living with HIV in Santa Cruz County and as a Health Services Specialist at Planned Parenthood. She has worked with mobile medical clinics in rural Honduras, and has first hand knowledge of the daily socioeconomic challenges that can derail health interventions. Whitney will work with both our US- and Rwandan-based teams to develop a standard household nutrition/food security assessment for Community Nutrition Workers to work with. We are excited to welcome Whitney to Ihangane!