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Program Staff: Public Health Training Initiative

Stephen Blount, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Special Health Projects

Dr. Stephen Blount joined The Carter Center as director of Special Health Projects in 2013. Blount oversees the Center's work to intensify binational coordination between the Dominican Republic and Haiti to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis on the island of Hispaniola. He is also leading the Center's effort to expand public health training in low-resource countries.

Before joining The Carter Center, Blount spent 25 years at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a succession of leadership positions, the last of which was as associate director for global health development. Prior to that, he directed the CDC's Office of Global Health from 1997 to 2005 and the Coordinating Office of Global Health from 2005 to 2010. In these roles, Blount provided programmatic and financial oversight for the Global AIDS Program, global immunization and disease eradication activities, as well as malaria, tuberculosis, and tobacco control efforts. He oversaw a $1.8 billion budget, 200 U.S. government staff in 50 countries, and 1,500 locally hired staff and contractors. Blount was the CDC's lead strategist for global activities and managed key partnerships with ministries of health, United Nations organizations, the World Bank, other U.S. government organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. Read full bio. 

Sarah Yoss, M.P.H.
Associate Director, Special Health Projects

Sarah Yoss joined as the associate director of special health projects in December 2019. In this role, she leads the Center’s efforts to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate the Public Health Training Initiative (PHTI) in Sudan and Nigeria.

Yoss has been with The Carter Center since 2016, and served in previous roles with the Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation unit, providing monitoring and evaluation guidance to Carter Center programs, and with the Mental Health Program, supporting efforts to build a sustainable mental health system in Liberia. Prior to joining The Carter Center, Yoss worked as a program manager at Mental Health America of Georgia, where she implemented and evaluated projects focused on maternal mental health. She previously worked as a Health Educator with HIV positive women in New York City and as a Community Health Educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Peru.

Yoss earned a Master of Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Anthropology from Tufts University.

Sara Wom, M.P.H.
Program Assistant, Special Health Projects

Sara Wom provides logistical and administrative support to Special Health Projects (Nigeria Public Health Training Initiative and Sudan Public Health Training Initiative). She was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and lived in Cairo, Egypt, briefly prior to migrating to the United States with her family. Sara received her B.A in International Studies with a focus in Development and a minor in Arabic from the University of Iowa. She recently completed her Master of Public Health program with a certificate in Health Promotion and Education from Benedictine University. Wom is currently involved in ongoing research pertaining to childhood screen time use and its health implications.

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