Anna Abelson

Anna is a public health specialist who has worked for nearly a decade at the intersection of public health and human rights. She specializes in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, GBV, and maternal health, with a focus on research, program management, and building partnerships. Her work, spanning eight countries, prioritizes centering patients as experts in their own lives. Prior to GHV, Anna was a consultant at Rabin Martin, working with clients on global health and women’s rights. Anna previously served as Program Officer at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program, where she worked on a reproductive justice-framed study in partnership with Black mothers and communities of color to understand racial disparities and (dis)respectful care in maternal health in New York City and Atlanta. Previously, Anna was with the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health & Human Rights in Cameroon, project-managing and coordinating a study on HIV and GBV care for female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and injecting drug users. Anna also worked as a Global Health Corps fellow at Population Council in Zambia, where she coordinated a program on abortion safety.

Above all, Anna’s work aims to address inequities at every level, especially issues of power and privilege in public health and development.

Anna has a Masters of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, and a Bachelors of Arts from Bates College in Women and Gender Studies.