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krista odom

Krista Odom is a Health Program Coordinator for Women Influencing Health, Education and Rule of law (WI-HER) primarily supporting projects in East Africa. Krista has 8 years of international experience developing, implementing and assessing programming in HIV/AIDs, neglected tropical diseases, and maternal/child health.


However, her passion and preference is in mental health care system development and strengthening. She has national-level experience in the expansion of mental healthcare systems in Low and Middle Income Countries, as well as, grassroot-level experience in behavior-change program implementation. Krista has a passion for embedding equitable, evidence-based programming in feasible and effective packages in order to improve health outcomes, using mixed methodologies and persistence.


She is the Co-Chair for the Duke Refugee Health Initiative, which assists new refugee families navigate the United States Healthcare System.


She is a founding board member for We Matter Too, where she supports sustainability and programming. Krista earned her Bachelors in Psychology from University of California, Davis, holds a Masters of Science Degree in Global Health from Duke University and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, where she became fluent in Amharic.

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