Olga Tymejczyk, MPH
Home Institution: City University of New York
Fellowship Site: GHESKIO, Haiti
Research Topic: HIV, Hypertension
Ms. Tymejczyk will spend her fellowship year at The Haitian Group for the Study of Kapo-si’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) in Port-au-Prince under the mentor-ship of Denis Nash, PhD, MPH and Daniel Fitzgerald, MD. Her research will focus on hypertension among adult residents of four slums in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Ms. Tymejczyk is a second-year DrPH student in Epidemiology at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health. Her fellowship project will examine the prevalence of hypertension and its risk factors in four largely healthcare-naïve, urban slum communities in Port-au-Prince, and among HIV+ area residents enrolled in an HIV-care pro-gram. Born and raised in Eastern Europe, Ms. Tymejczyk is interested in identifying health priorities, and design and implementation of interventions in resource-limited settings. To date, her research in this area has focused on the scale-up of antiretroviral treatment in East Africa, and she looks forward to extending and applying her experience in HIV epidemiology to the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases in populations with substantial background prevalence of HIV. She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Harvard College and a MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from CUNY Hunter.