Meet Freddy and Fehintola, our Evaluation Interns

Freddy Favela

Alfredo “Freddy” Favela is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Azusa Pacific University; He received his Bachelors of Science degree from California State University, Northridge in Biochemistry and post-Baccalaureate Bachelors of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

His passion for public health, health equity, and understanding how viral transmission disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities and people of color, has led him to clinical research and currently serves as the Community Outreach and Retention Coordinator for UCLA CARE Center. Mr. Favela is thrilled and eager to work directly with Miss Ashley Gomez, MPH in a capacity that will help influence his career goals of emerging into the public health sector where he can positively impact and strengthen Grameen PrimaCare’s Promotora program through implementation research, health education and access to basic care.

Fehintola Bright-Awonuga

Fehintola Bright-Awonuga is currently a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration and Public Policy with a concentration in Health Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies. She aspires to integrate her double major to impact and aid the community health development of local, national, and global underserved communities. After undergrad, Fehintola then plans on obtaining a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration in Global Health Policy to further her commitment to improving global and national policy outcomes through public health, civic leadership, cross-cultural awareness, national security intelligence, and global development. After this, she will obtain a position with a research and policy government organization that focuses on analyzing and implementing policy measures related to health development and reformation in Africa and the United States, focusing on the African diaspora, Black identifying communities, and minority populations.

Fehintola is currently a Bilingual Spanish/English Research and Evaluation Intern for the Grameen PrimaCare Promotoras Program. As an intern, she interacts with Mexican, South American, Senegalese, Togolese, Congolese, Ivorians from Côte d’Ivoire, Djiboutian, and Gambian women and Latinx Promotoras in the communities of the Bronx and district three of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, and North Corona, Queens. Furthermore, she assists with the impact and evaluation of the community health worker program, including conducting literature reviews, developing, adapting, and piloting data collection instruments, and programming data collection instruments. Fehintola believes that the best policies are made when one can, firstly, understand, communicate, and listen unequivocally to the people who are being impacted and, secondly, translate this discourse into beneficial community buy-in policies. This internship will provide her with the transferable skills needed in her future career and endeavors. It will also provide her with the opportunity to utilize her “global bridge-building” mindset, in a cross-cultural setting, to ensure the transference of cultural knowledge through the push forward of shared language and experiences. Fehintola is excited to be a part of this team and the Grameen family!