I was motivated to become a GHC fellow because I believe that creating diverse teams through pairing local fellows with international fellows is a very effective approach to solving complex global health issues.
Valencia Lyle, a Flint, Michigan native, has been establishing her niche in health system strengthening and gender based violence prevention since graduating from the University of Michigan. Her Peace Corps service in Tanzania bolstered her interest in global health which resulted in her pursuing a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in the City of New York. While studying at Columbia, Valencia researched policies and legal frameworks to support UN Women in upgrading their Global Database on Violence Against Women. Before joining GHC, Valencia managed cash transfer programs in Northern Uganda, integrating electronic devices into health systems to improve the management of malnutrition among South Sudanese refugees. Her medley of experiences drive her enthusiasm for using innovation to achieve health equity and gender equality.