GHC offered an opportunity to challenge my understanding of health care delivery and health promotion, and to learn from and support both the leaders of health initiatives and the communities they serve.
Helena Archer grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she attended the University of North Carolina and discovered her passion for public health. She completed a bachelor’s degree in health policy and management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health. While attending university, Helena worked as a research assistant, analyzing patient perspectives in early international HIV and leprosy studies.She also worked as a summer intern for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and worked as a committee lead in a global health nonprofit for college students. She later joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Associate Program. There, spent two years assigned to the Coconino County Public Health Services District in Flagstaff, Arizona, working in maternal and child health, and injury epidemiology. Helena enjoys hiking, writing, sports, and travelling.