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Aug 2011May 2013

Masters of Health Science (MHS)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Program: Health, Behavior and Society 
    • Concentration: Epidemiology 
    • Graduate Certificates: Tropical Medicine; Health Emergencies in Large Populations; Global Health; Humanitarian Assistance 
  • Thesis: A Multi-Tier, Mixed Methods Research Project to Asses Refugee Women's Uptake of Prenatal Services at an Urban, Patient-Centered Medical Home.
Aug 2007May 2011

Bachelor of Arts

The Johns Hopkins University
  • Double Major: Public Health, Natural Sciences Physics; Anthropology 
    • Graduated with Honors
  • Anthropology Honors Thesis: A New View of the Persistence of Female Circumcision: Financial Transactions Associated with Female Circumcision in Rural Uganda
  • Language: Kiswahili (Working Proficiency)
Jan 2010May 2010

Guest Student, Social Entrepreneurship

Belmont University
  • Cum GPA: 3.56 
  • Semester long program focused on social entrepreneurship as a model to develop sustainable community based health Initiatives. 
  • Internship: Hope Through Health Hands, Senator William Frist, M.D. 

Scholarship and Awards

Aug 2014 - Aug 2015 

  • Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, Health Disparities Fellow (NIH funded), Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ

Aug 2008 - May 2011 

  • Johns Hopkins University, Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship 

May 2011

  • Johns Hopkins University, Public Health Studies Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Research 

Professional Experience

Nov 2014Present

Sr. Epidemiology Program Manager

Arizona Department of Health Services

Bureau of Public Health Statistics 

Produce various multi-tab, formatted, excel spreadsheets from SAS
programs that are fully/partially automated with use of macro intensive
coding for fluid use of changing variables and databases

  • Data Base reporting Analyst: Abortion, Medical Marijuana, DDS, Newborn Screening 
    • manage/created the automated SAS code for each data base
      produce monthly/quarterly/annual reports for the assigned data
      base for bureau level data distribution, data sharing to other state
      local health departments and publication for ADHS
  • Lead Epidemiologist: Behavioral Risk Factor Survey AZ report (2013,
    2014) ; Abortion Yearly Report; Medical Marijuana Monthly
    Report/Annual Report
    • Co-developed, with supervisor, the BRFSS yearly data report into
      fully automated and macro intensive program for years 2011-
      2014; data verified by CDC
    • Co-authored BRFSS Report 2013; 2014 in production
      Medical Marijuana monthly/Annual report co-automated for 2015,
      ongoing 2016
  • Data Requests/Report Analysis: Hospital Discharge Data; Vital
    Statistics; Behavior Risk Factor Survey mini analysis per bureau's
    discretion; Death & Births of Non-Arizona residents; Newborn
    Screening State Lab; Chronic Diseases, De-identification for various
    public requests
  • Epidemiology Bioinformatic Employee used for other Bureaus to
    Automate, Macro Code various items and train to help produce
    timely, efficient reports due to limited staff
    Office of Infectious Disease; Arizona State Lab Newborn
Jan 2014Jul 2014

Epidemiology Consultant

Arizona Department of Health Services

Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Diseases 

  • Data analysis on morbidity and mortality in Arizona's elderly 
  • Co-Author, Report: 2014-2018 Arizona Healthy Aging Plan- A Framework to Support Healthy Living and Functional Health for Older Arizonan Residents 
May 2013Aug 2014

Course Coordinator and Teaching Assistant

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Tropical Medicine Institute 

  • Summer: 2013, 2014; Winter 2014 
  • Department of International Health, Professor Robert Gilman

Institute Courses:

  1. Vector Borne Diseases in the Tropics (Professor David Sullivan)
  2. Tuberculosis, HIV and other Chronic Infections in the Tropics (Professor Carlton Evans)
  3. Child and Public Health in the Tropics (Professor William Moss)
  4. Intestinal Infections in the Tropics (Professor Robert Gilman) 
  5. Chronic Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries (Professor William Checkley)

Winter Institute

  • January 2013
  • Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Institute Course

1. Program Planning and Health Behavior Change (Professor Vanya Jones)

Sep 2012May 2013

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  1. Principles of Epidemiology (Professor William Moss)
  2. Observational Epidemiology (Professor Elizabeth Golub)
  3. Fundamentals of Epidemiology (Professor Darcy Phelan-Emrick) 
  4. Armed Conflict and Health (Professor Kwaku Nuamah) 
  5. Stress Management for Relief Workers (Professor George Everly)
  6. Mental Health Aspects of Disaster (Professor George Everly) 
  7. Refugee Healthcare/Refugee Healthcare Online (Professor Gilbert Burnham) 
Jan 2010May 2010


Hope Through Healing Hands; Nashville, TN.
  • Intern for Senator William Frist's private health care foundation 
    • Performed country research for grant screening; drafted partnership and funding proposals; updated website and blog to communicate to foundations partners the status of relief efforts in post Haiti Earthquake; screened applicants for the 2010 First Global Health Leaders Awards

Research Experience

May 2012 - Present

  • Adjunct Research Associate, Dept. of OB-GYN, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems (MIHS), Phoenix, AZ 
    • Designed survey instruments, data platform, and assist in maintenance of comprehensive mixed methods data base to support cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis of refugee women's low uptake of prenatal services and the effect on obstetric outcomes across pregnancies 
        • Data base (continually updated) includes births, since 2008-present, at the Refugee Women's Health Care Clinic 
            • 75+ clinical data points to will link birth outcomes to future births at the clinic (use of unique ID) 
            • Retrospective Chart Review, 2008 ChartMAXX to present EPIC; SWOT analysis; semi-structured and individual interview focus groups of multigravida refugee women
    • Program Evaluator for MIHS project: Bridging the Gap in Health Literacy among the Burmese and Bhutanese Communities in Arizona
      • Trainer for 2014 ACA enrollment periods for multi-lingual Community Health Advisors from Burma and Bhutan to work as Survey Administrators  under the Affordable Care Act. 
        • Developed survey from Focus Groups with Burmese and Bhutanese refugee communities in Arizona 
        • Measured outcomes, effectiveness and enrollee experience during the Affordable Care Act (ACA 2014) initial enrollment using Community Health Advisors from their own community

Aug 2013 - Aug 2014

  • Health Disparities Fellow (NIH funded), ASU, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC), Phoenix, AZ  
    • Faculty Mentors: Crista Johnson, M.D. , MSc, FACOG ; Professor Eric Hedberg, Ph.D. Biostatistician 
    • Designed, implemented, and evaluated a new data platform to link quantitative (clinical)  data abstracted from medical records with qualitative data from focus groups, patient experience surveys, and patient interviews to support mixed-methods analysis of refugee women's prenatal use and obstetric outcome 
    • Fellowship work supports ongoing research project at MIHS, Dept. of Ob-Gyn 
    • Generated Posters for conference sessions and manuscript papers (3) to be published; 2 under submission

Aug 2008 - May 2011

  • Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Research Fellowship 
    • Faculty Mentor: Jane Guyer, Ph.D, Chair Department of Anthropology 
    • IRB approved field research to identify social factors that sustain the illegal and dangerous practice of female circumcision 
    • Spent 90 days conducting individual interviews (141), focus groups, village listening sessions in the Pokot, Sebei and Tepth Communities of Central and Eastern Uganda 
    • Work resulted in mapping financial transactions across communities where circumcision is practiced

Jan 2010

  • Independent Study, Johns Hopkins University Winter Intersession in Ghana
    • Partnered with Engenderhealth and Ghana National Health Insurance System  to conduct interviews of 30 women seeking an obstetric fistula repair in Accra, Kumasi, Ho and Cape Coast 
    • Paper: Using a 'Cultural Lens'  to Discern the Social Dimensions of Women's Decision Making about Obstetric Fistula Repair' 

Jan 2008

  • Harvard School of Public Health Visiting Student: Winter Intersession Field Practicum in Bangladesh
    • Faculty Mentor: Richard A. Cash, MD, MPH
    • Participant on student team located at BRAC and ICDDR-B examining evaluation of rural health projects 
    • Independent study paper for Johns Hopkins University: "Obstetric Fistula: Understanding Women's Experiences in the Context of a Liminality; Report of Field study in Bangladesh".
      •  Interviews with surgeons and Bengali women before and after fistula repair
      • Observed 5 fistula repair surgeries at the Dhaka Capital Hospital 

Clinically Related Experience

May - Aug 2012 ; Aug 2013 - Aug 2014

  • Refugee Women's Health Care Clinic, Maricopa Integrated Health Services, Phoenix, AZ. 
    • Medical Kiswahili Translator
    • Shadow, OBGYN, Dr. Crista Johnson; Nurse Practitioner, Lisa Stahr, LNP, CNM 
      • Attended Prenatal visits
      • Provided Scribe services in EPIC for refugee women's patient demographic information 

Aug 2013 - Jan 2014

  • Refugee Women's Health Care Clinic, Maricopa Integrated Health Services, Phoenix, AZ. 
    • Designed, Implemented and Trained Cultural Health Navigators on field tested Press-Gainey Adapted Patient Experience Survey.
    • Translated in 6 Languages: Swahili, Kirundi, Burmese, Arabic, Somali, English; continued use in 2015, 2016  

Jan 2008-Jan 2013

  • Field Work and Research in Bangladesh, Ghana and Uganda
    • Direct interaction in interviews, focus groups, and surgery viewing with patients  

Community Service Experience

Aug 2013 - Present

  • Junior League of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
    • Committee Board Member for ROCKETS 
      • Instructor for STEM curriculum training for Title 1 School Teachers in Arizona 
      • Monthly Lead Instructor at Arizona Children's Science Museum classes to teach low income pre school and grade school aged children science concepts 

Jan 2011 - July 2013

  • Johns Hopkins Incentive Mentoring Program (currently Thread), Baltimore, MD.
    • Thread seeks to extend school based tutoring to the home by providing at-risk youths and their family with a mentor for both academic and social support to youths struggling with poverty, drugs and violence
    • Mentor, 2011-2013 
    •  Head of Household 2013-14; supervised mentors and coordinating program activities with child's families

Aug 2009 - Dec 2012

  • Johns Hopkins Waverly Tutorial Project, Baltimore, MD
    • Tutored inner city youth in math and reading 
    • The project received the "Change Maker Award" in 2011 from the Enoch Pratt Free Libraries 

Aug 2010 - May 2011

  • Keswick Multi Care Center Dementia Unit Volunteer, Baltimore, MD 
    • Initiated the "Letter Writing Project" to assist residents in writing letters to their family each holiday and celebration event. 

Jan - May 2010

  • Catholic Charities, Nashville, TN
    • Somali Refugee Tutor (Language Kiswahili and English)
  • Student Coordinator for Community Health Fair, Hypertension and Diabetes Screening, Nashville, TN 


  • Multiple philanthropic 10k events over the past 10 years in Phoenix, Baltimore and Nashville 

Leadership Experience

May 2011

  • Johns Hopkins University Young Alumni Leadership Symposium 
    • One of 70 Johns Hopkins University Senior Students Selected

May 2010- May 2011

  • Omicron Delta Kappa (Collegiate Honorary Leadership Society), Johns Hopkins University 

Jan 2009- May 2011

  • Phi Mu Sorority, Johns Hopkins University 
    • Member: 2009-2011
    • Chairman: Risk Management, 2010
      • Implemented alcohol & drug abuse awareness program  

Presentations and Publications

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities Grantees Conference, Dec 2014, Washington, D.C.
    • Poster Presentation: Towards Better Understanding of Refugee Women's Health Disparities: An Integrated Mixed-Methods Data Platform to Improve Analysis of Refugee Women's Underutilization of Prenatal Care Across Their Reproductive Lives
  • America's Essentials Hospitals: Innovations Summit on Social Networks and Population Health; Oct 2014, Washington, D.C.
    • Speaker, Best Practices in Promoting Refugee Women's Health 
  • North American Refugee Health Conference, Jun 2014, Rochester, NY
    • Poster Presentation: A New, Integrated Mixed-Methods Data Platform to Improve Understanding of Why Refugee Women Underutilize Prenatal Care Across Their Reproductive Lives
    • Moderator, Round Table on culturally competent reproductive health care for refugee women 
  • Johns Hopkins University, Department of Anthropology, April 24, 2014, Baltimore MD
    • Speaker, How Ethnography Informs Public Health Research
  • Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, 12th Annual Research Conference: People on the move: Journeys of Resilience towards Health Equity; April 4, 2014, Phoenix, AZ 
    • Poster Presentation: Improved Research Design: A Data Platform to Improve Understanding of the Reasons Refugee Women Underutilize Prenatal Care Across Their Reproductive Lives
  • Johns Hopkins University, Department of Undergraduate Public Health Studies, Guest Lecturer; April 24, 2013, Baltimore, MD
    • Fundamentals of Epidemiology 
    • Lecture: Using Epi Tools to Look at Environmental and Behavioral Science Topics: The Example of Male Circumcision for Prevention of HIV Transmission, Prevention
  • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Seminar Series, March 28, 2013, Baltimore, MD
    • Panel Participant, Fostering Community Involvement in Health Disparities Research
  • Case Study with William Brieger, Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Feb 2013 
    • A Constraint Analysis of Obstacles to Eliminating Female Circumcision: The Role of Financial Transactions Across Three Practicing Communities in Uganda
  • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Dec 10 2012, Baltimore, MD 
    • Guest Lecturer Observational Epidemiology
    • Lecture: Practical Application: Selection Bias 
  • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Global Health Day April 5, 2012, Baltimore, MD
    • Blue Ribbon Award, Poster Session: A Social and Economic Transactional Analysis to Help Explain the Persistence of Female Circumcision
  • News Story: Crants, Megan. "Woodrow Wilson Scholar Sarah Gieszl travels to Africa to Help Women in Need". The Johns Hopkins University News-Letter (Baltimore, MD) 10 Feb. 2011: A4. Print. 
  • Johns Hopkins University Woodrow Wilson Undergraduate Fellows Annual Program, April 29, 201, Baltimore, MD
    • Faculty Selected Student Speaker, Reflections on My Wilson Experience 
    • Poster Session: Through an Anthropological Lens: Obstetric Fistula and Female Circumcision
  • Johns Hopkins University 2nd Annual Public Health Undergraduate Conference, April 9, 2011, Baltimore, MD
    • Faculty Selected Student Speaker, The Female Circumcision Abandonment Process: A Multicultural Look at the Effectiveness of Alternatives to Female Circumcision 
    • Poster Session: How Effective Are Alternative Rites of Passage as Substitutes for Female Circumcision Rituals?"
  • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Global Health Day Feb 24, 2011, Baltimore, MD
    • Grand Prize Photography Competition- Human Rights Category 
    • Photo: The Girls Being Cut": Pokot Female Circumcision, January 2099, Bukwo Region, Uganda 
  • Belmont University Undergraduate Research Symposium, May 8, 2010, Nashville, TN
    • Speaker, The Impact of University Expansion on Surrounding Communities: A Community Impact Survey


    Statistical Analysis Programs: 

    • SAS 
      • Proficient; Macro, Automation 
    • STATA 
      • Proficient; Macro 
    • SPSS 
      • Undergraduate; working proficiency 

    Data Base Management and Design:  

    • Access; Excel; Word; VBA (extract, link, automate) SurveyMonkey; StatTransfer 

    Electronic Medical Records Systems: 

    • EPIC
    • Chart MAXX 
    • Hospital Discharge Data (Arizona) 
    • Arizona Abortion Reporting System 

    IRB Compliant Biomedical Research Projects: 

    • application start through close out phases; renewals; revisions
      • Domestic and developing countries 

    Geographical Information System (GIS): 

    • Working Proficiency   

    Literature Reviews: 

    • QUOSA; Embase; SciVerse; TargetInsights; RefWorks 

    Qualitative Methods: 

    • SWOT analysis, focus groups, structured and semi-structured interviews, patient interviews, community dialogue sessions 
    • Population Needs Assessments, surveillance/monitoring studies
    • Logic Model based evaluation Health Programs
    • Constraint Analysis 
    • Community Based Participatory Research 

    Computer Skills:

    • Microsoft Office Package; Adobe Photoshop; Final Cut Pro; Prezi 

    Language Skills: 

    • Kiswahili, Intermediate Proficiency/Working Medical Proficiency 

    Professional Training / Certificates

    Nov 2015

    • Arizona Department of Health Services: 
      • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI); Introduction Certified; Health Services HIPPA Certified 

    May 2013 

    • Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
      • Graduate Certificates: Tropical Medicine; Health Emergencies in Large Populations; Global Health; Humanitarian Assistance 

    May 2012-Present

    • Maricopa Integrated Health Services 
      • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certified: Human Subjects Training (IRB); Conflicts of Interest 

    Extracurricular Activities

    May 2013 - Aug 2015

    • SC del Sol Soccer Club Coach, Phoenix AZ  
      • Girls' competitive youth club teams; U10 and U12 

    Sep 2013 - Mar 2014

    • All Saint's Episcopal Day School, Phoenix AZ
      • Girls Volleyball Coach,  Grades 5 and 6 Girls Basketball Coach, Grades 5 and 6

    Aug 2007- Dec 2010

    • Member Johns Hopkins University Varsity Women's Soccer Team , Baltimore MD
      • Starting Defensive Center Back (2008-2010) 
      • 3 Centennial Conference Championships; 3 Div-III NCAA Playoffs
      • NCAA Academic All-American Honor Roll (2008-2010) 
      • NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic second team (2008), third team (2009) 
      • ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American (2008, 2009) 

    Misc Hobbies: 

    • Hospice Dog Foster Home for Local Arizona Animal Rescues; Photography; Running