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Leland Fellow

Sara Higgins

10th Class, 2019-2021

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.

Host Organization: Catholic Relief Services

First Year Placement
Maiduguri, Nigeria

Second Year Placement
Baltimore, Maryland & Washington, D.C.