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Name: Regan OMarra

Position Title: HIV/AIDS Vaccine Branch Intern

Location: United States

Technical Expertise: Humanitarian Assistance,Program Management

Scope of Work

Regan O'Marra is the HIV/AIDS Vaccine Branch Intern. She works in USAID's Global Health Bureau (GH), in the Research Division (RES) of the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA).

Background

Originally from New York, Regan moved to Washington, DC four years ago to study public health and economics at the George Washington University (GWU). Having been interested in global health from a young age, her passion was confirmed while studying abroad in India, South Africa, and Brazil through a field-based, experiential learning program. Spending an entire semester in healthcare facilities visiting with activists, community health workers, and front-line healthcare practitioners in both urban and rural settings allowed Regan to develop a rich appreciation for the field of global health. After this experience, she decided to pursue a Master of Public Health in global health program design, monitoring, and evaluation at GWU. For the past year, she worked as a Program Assistant/Intern with Blumont, Inc, an international development implementer, on numerous Department for International Development, United Nations, and World Health Organization-funded projects in the Middle East and West Africa. Through this experience, she developed an interest in HIV programming and public health in humanitarian settings. She is thrilled to be joining STAR and is confident this experience will prove invaluable in her professional development as a global health practitioner.