I became a GHC fellow to gain new skills in the field of global health, become a part of a passionate community of young professionals, and fulfill a dream of working in health programming in Latin America.
Elizabeth (Liz) Bastias-Butler is from Stamford, Connecticut. Liz recently completed her Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on women's reproductive health. During her studies, Liz designed a nutrition curriculum for adolescents on the White Mountain Apache reservation, as well as designed and implemented sexual health curriculum for Latino youth in East Baltimore. Before attending Hopkins, Liz worked for John Snow Inc. and PATH on international reproductive and maternal health programs. While at PATH, she designed and implemented an advocacy strategy promoting the community-based distribution of anti-malarials to pregnant women in rural Kenya. Liz volunteers as a doula providing informational, physical, and emotional support; and ensuring a safe space for women during their pregnancy, birth, or abortion. In her spare time, she is an avid yogi and traveler who enjoys cooking, dancing, visiting family in Chile and the U.S.