Vanessa x Public Health

Vanessa Da Costa is a PHI/CDC (Public Health Institute/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Global Health Epidemiology Fellow at CDC South Africa. Vanessa leads CDCs data management processes and monitor the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) South Africa’s granular site-level management program

Prior to this position, Vanessa worked in the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and at the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG) where she coordinated, designed and implemented a Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Research Project and intervention in Rwanda, and also supported their  Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) research in Zambia. At RZHRG Vanessa gained experience developing and implementing surveys and focus groups, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, managing and evaluating data, and writing manuscripts. She also worked at the Georgia Emerging Infections Program in Atlanta, where she conducted active surveillance on food-borne illnesses, influenza, and healthcare-associated infections.

Vanessa served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, where she worked at a local health center to develop programs in HIV/AIDS, Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation (WASH), malaria, literacy, and youth development. Prior to the Peace Corps, Vanessa worked on projects based in the U.S. as a Research Assistant in numerous organizations across different public health domains, including the Duke Global Health Institute (obesity prevention), RTI International (alcohol and smoking behaviors), and the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research (aging and long-term care).

Vanessa has an MPH in Global Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a BS in Psychology and minor in African Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Vanessa’s global health interests are in HIV/AIDS, family planning, reproductive health, mental health, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and digital/mobile health.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by Vanessa Da Costa are those of the owner and do not reflect the views of her employer or the U.S. Government.