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Director

Mike Andreini, MPH

 

Mike Andreini is the Director for the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center. A native of the Great Lakes Region, his career focus has been on the design and oversight of public health services implementation and grants or contracts management both at home and overseas. Mike is a Senior Public Health expert with training in the field of epidemiology (including communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, health-related aspects of water and sanitation, epidemiological transition, and demography) and biostatistics. With over 20 years of health development aid and humanitarian response experience, he is skilled in working with and reporting to a variety of implementing partners and donor agencies in the general context of health programming in culturally diverse environments, strategic planning, and implementing public health policy support. He and his wife Jane have two school-aged boys, all of whom are excited about the prospects of living in the great American Northwest.

 

 

Helen

Senior Epidemiologist/Project Manager

Helen Tesfai, MPH
Senior Epidemiologist/ Project Manager

 

Helen Tesfai, MPH had been working in Public Health field for over five years in Eritrea (East Africa). She worked as a biologist and research assistant in the Mosquitoes Labs, processing specimens and working on data management. She planned, organized, conducted and published research manuscripts before coming to United States. Helen also has a diploma in Software applications and information Technology. In 2009 she earned her MPH degree in Epidemiology and International Health and Development at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She tutored SAS, a statistical program while at Tulane and also worked as a data manager at the Louisiana Public Health Institute. Helen loves reading, jogging, and exploring. She is always at peace and loves to help others.

 

 

 

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Administrative Officer/Peer Mentor Coordinator

Julie Not Afraid, B.S
Administrative Officer/Peer Mentor Coordinator

 

Julie Not Afraid, B.S is the RMTEC Administrative Officer. Julie is a 2007 graduate of Montana State University Billings. She has a Bachelors degree in Human Services. Julie started out as the RMTEC Research Assistant Intern in 2010. Julie is from Rocky Boys Indian Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe (Mother is from Rocky Boy and Father was from Crow). Julie loves being with her grandsons, granddaughter, and three daughters. Julie also loves walking, bowling and family gatherings.

 

 

 

 

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Epidemiologist

 

Jordan Vandjelovic is an Epidemiologist, focusing on Injury Prevention and also working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on obesity and diabetes.

He has recently worked as a Community Health Promoter-Coordinator at Centra Hospital in Lynchburg, VA, developing the Community Health Promotion Department for the prevention of chronic and infectious diseases in the community. Here he designed, developed, and implemented programs to inform and empower individuals as to their own health, by collecting data, researching, and analyzing the information.

In May of 2015, he obtained his Masters in Public Health – Nutrition from Liberty University, graduating with High Distinction. His academics have allowed him to engage in his desire to impact society through a sociological perspective, also giving him an in-depth and insightful knowledge and understanding of nutrition for the prevention of chronic illnesses and diseases, food-borne illnesses, environmental hazards, and health disorders. These courses have prepared him to become an effective public health expert in this modern world.

Jordan has also been involved with many volunteer opportunities. He was elected as the President of the Master of Public Health Student Association, the Nutritionist for the Liberty University’s 2015 National Champions Women’s Ice Hockey team, a Senator on the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors, as well as participating in many other programs and events.  Jordan and his wife Kaylee love the outdoors, including hiking, fishing, skiing, and exploring. They now attend a local church and hope to serve the community of Billings and surrounding areas.

 

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Epidemiologist

 

Pharah D. Morgan, MS, MPH is an Epidemiologist at RMTEC. Prior to her position at RMTEC, Pharah was a Health Program Manager for Navajo County in Arizona and a recent graduate from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (2014). In 2013, Pharah graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Tumor Biology. Her interest in cancer research/cancer epidemiology and prevention stems from personal experience of witnessing numerous family members affected by various forms of cancer. Pharah has spent many years working in various cancer laboratory projects at the Arizona Cancer Center and Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC with publication and academic distinction. While at the University of Arizona, Pharah worked on a collaborative project with the interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) and Banner Health for implementing Virtual Reality Training in Individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment.  Pharah spends majority of her leisure time volunteering for various non-profit organizations, tutoring in the math and sciences for high school students, and going to reservation schools as a Gates Millennium Scholar and Flinn Scholar.

 

 

 

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Administrative Assistant & Child Health Measures Coordinator 

 

Deidhra Hill is currently the Administrative Assistant and Child Health Measures Coordinator for Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center. Her previous position was Data Manager, when she worked on previous projects with the Montana Wyoming tribal communities in the Epidemiology Center such as Environmental Health, Cancer outreach, and Public Health Ethics. She recently did a Career Change, returning back to The Tribal Epidemiology Center after a short break working with loan Modifications.  Her passion is to give Tribes the ability to empower, create and develop Healthy Communities through Public Health Development and services. Deidhra enjoys her added addition to her family, and in her spare time enjoys caring for her son.

 

 

 

 

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