Tshema Nash, M.P.H., is the former 2018 Policy and Research Intern at The Commonwealth Fund and a doctoral student (DrPH) at Boston University’s School of Public Health. Prior to starting the DrPH program, Ms. Nash was an ASPPH Fellow in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There she managed a number of projects, including a federal cooperative agreement for AFIX (Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, eXchange), an immunization quality improvement program supporting providers in increasing childhood and adolescent vaccination coverage.
Prior to her time at the CDC, Ms. Nash lived and worked internationally, infusing public health and social justice work in each of her endeavors. In 2010, she joined WorldTeach as an English language instructor at the Universidad Estatal de Bolivar in Ecuador. The following year, she relocated to Bangladesh where she was a teaching assistant for public health courses, a writing center tutor, and founder of the Public Health Leadership Club at the Asian University for Women. While completing her M.P.H., Ms. Nash served as a research intern for the Foundation for Professional Development in South Africa and a Program Coordinator for the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University (EPIC). Ms. Nash was a competitive athlete for over 10 years, a 3-time All-American tennis player, and recently named to the University Athletic Association’s 30th Anniversary Women's Tennis Team. She holds a B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University and an M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.