Yadira is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) student and a Centennial Fellow at the T.H Chan Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). She is interested in exploring innovative strategies to strengthen health systems and eliminate health disparities. Prior to joining HSPH, Yadira led the design and implementation of numerous programs concerned with vaccine-preventable diseases, HIV and AIDS, family planning, and reproductive health focused upon vulnerable groups in more than 25 countries throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Central Asia. She was also the director of a multi-million dollar HIV & AIDS program in Honduras designed to increase access to and quality of prevention and care services for marginalized populations through a network of local NGOs and in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
Yadira is concurrently the Senior HIV Policy, Advocacy and Capacity Building Advisor with Futures Group International based in Washington, DC. Yadira grew up in a rural community in Puerto Rico and holds an MPH from the George Washington University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. In her free time, she enjoys meditating, cycling, dancing, and mentoring youth.