To me, health equity means working to eliminate the systemic, structural barriers impeding individuals, particularly the world’s most vulnerable, from realizing their right to health.
Matthea Roemer grew up in Pennsylvania, USA, but most recently has split her time between Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Maryland, USA. She is a passionate sexual and reproductive health advocate working to eliminate the systemic, structural barriers impeding individuals, particularly the world’s most vulnerable, from realizing their right to health. Prior to joining GHC, Matthea worked with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, on a study tracking the impact of the expanded Mexico City Policy on PEPFAR implementing partners. Matthea holds a Master of Science in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During that time she worked as a research assistant with Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020, a multi-country, population-based survey project that uses mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys monitoring key family planning indicators, among many things. In her free time, Matthea enjoys long-distance running and spending time with friends while sharing good food.