Sara Higgins holds her MPH in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor’s in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to becoming a fellow, she worked in federal healthcare spheres, including four years as a research analyst for an advisory committee providing recommendations to Department of Defense leadership on military health policy. For her Master’s, Sara served in Peace Corps Guatemala with the Master’s International Program. As part of her service, she developed and executed an educational program, A Grassroots Approach to Chronic Malnutrition in Rural Guatemala (based on the positive deviance model), with 31 mothers of children aged 5 and under to combat chronic malnutrition in a rural community. Sara, a Wisconsin native, was motivated to become a Leland fellow given her passion for policy, advocacy, and global health programming.
First Year Placement
Based out of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, Sara is working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as an emergency nutrition fellow evaluating their community-based supplementary feeding program, Tom Brown. Sara will be working with CRS to understand how sustainable the Tom Brown supplementary feeding program is for preventing children ages 6 to 59 months with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) from descending into severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Results of the evaluation will help inform future Tom Brown supplementary feeding in northeastern Nigeria. Sara will also be working with CRS to promote the Tom Brown supplementary feeding program within CRS and with other stakeholders, such as the Nigerian Ministry of Health.
Second Year Placement
Baltimore, Maryland & Washington, D.C.