PHILADELPHIA – Mehret Mandefro, MD, MSc, has been appointed as a 2009-2010 White House Fellow. She is a Senior Fellow at Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar. As a public health trained physician, her primary research interests are the connections between human rights and health, HIV prevention program development, and translation efforts targeting marginalized communities. Mandefro also works as an anthropologist who uses film as a medium of ethnography.
The prestigious White House Fellows program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Fifteen gifted and highly motivated men and women from diverse professions have been selected to work first hand at the highest levels of the federal government, while participating in an education program with private and public sector leaders. Fellows also travel to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally.