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Vanessa Mason

Vanessa Mason


Health | Tech | Impact

San Francisco, CA

I am a social innovation enthusiast aiming to find ways of doing good well on a global scale. I have worked largely in the nonprofit sector on a range of global public health issues, working to realize the vision and mission of the organizations through capacity building and partnership development. I am now working in the p...




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Health, technology and social impact professionally Travel, fashion, and music personally

Travel the world and bring smart people together to achieve great things

Health | Tech | Impact


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Morehouse School of Medicine

Health IT Policy Advisory Board Member

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Rock Health

Program Manager, XX in Health

XX in Health, connects and empowers female visionaries to drive change. As the nation’s leading network of women entrepreneurs and executives across the health care ecosystem, we host curated events, foster online engagement and support thought leadership.

XX in Health is a partner of Rock Health, a 501c(3) non-profit that supports entrepreneurship at the intersection of health and technology.

Speaking engagements:

- Strata Conference, Women's Meetup (February 2013)
- CDC Young Professionals' Network, Webinar (March 2013)
- Kaiser Permanente KP-WIT and KAAPA Bring Your Child to Work Day (July 2013)


C1 Consulting


Analyzed quantitative and qualitative data, conduct competitive and market opportunity assessments, research clinical and commercial development, and prepared reports for pharmaceutical industry clients.

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Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro

Research Advisor

Núcleo de Pesquisa em Políticas Públicas de Saúde Mental (NUPPSAM) is a research group that focuses primarily on child and adolescent mental health policy in Brazil.

- Identified target intervention points for the Brazilian Ministry of Health for the development of national mental health policy for children and adolescents through statistical analysis, qualitative assessment, and research design

Instituto de Estudos em Saúde Coletiva is the school of public health at UFRJ.

- Translated research articles from Portuguese to English for Instituto de Estudos em Saúde Coletiva/UFRJ for publication in professional journals.
- Advised undergraduate students on international public health education.


Public Health Solutions

Program Intern

Partnership for Family Health is a program that managed five Ryan White Part D clinics in northern Manhattan to ensure access to HIV care and treatment.

- Served as editor for The Guide to Adolescent Resources in Northern Manhattan, 4th Ed.
- Coordinated event planning to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and overall health and wellness in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
- Directed regular communication regarding support activities with partner clinical sites for women and children infected and affected by HIV in northern Manhattan.

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Program for Health Systems, Development, and Reseach


The United Nations Millennium Villages Project offers an integrated approach to international development and poverty eradication.

- Coauthored Skills-Based Management and Leadership Curriculum to train managers of community health workers in west and east Africa in operations, management, and data monitoring, analysis and evaluation.
- This curriculum was the first of its kind in defining and training management for community health workers to improve care coordination and enhance data collection, analysis, and implementation.
- The curriculum was taught in Kenya in January 2010 for managers working in all of the Millennium Villages.


Partnership for the Advancement & Immersion of Refugees


PAIR is a community-based organization that provides educational enrichment and assistance for international resettled refugee youth in the Houston area.

- Authored college counseling curriculum for resettled refugee youth.
- Managed relationships with key stakeholders to assess program performance and conduct process mapping.
- Identified grant opportunities and established partnerships to secure access to advisors and resources.
- Instituted a volunteer management system to increase volunteer retention.
- Initiated and directed strategic planning for program reorganization to increase service utilization for underserved clients while reducing operating costs and demand on human resource capacity.
- Presented the final deliverable to the board of directors for approval and implementation.

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Syndicated Blogger

Selected entries from my blog, Subject to Change, were published on

Action Without Borders/

Grad School Project Blogger

Selected entries from my blog related my personal experience with the application process for graduate school entry for public health.

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Independent employment


Centro de Referencia de Salud para VIH/SIDA is a public clinic in La Plata, Argentina that provides comprehensive HIV care and treatment.

- Conducted needs assessment and designed project plan to address identified needs for an Argentinean HIV/AIDS clinic.
- Coordinated media and public relations campaign for a patient-driven campaign to prevent the closing of the clinic.
- Established an advisory council of patients to enable patients to advise future clinic activities and policies and further enhance quality of care

Capable Partners Program was a capacity building program for Mozambican HIV/AIDS NGOs administered by the Academy for Educational Development.

- Assisted in the facilitation of a anti-stigma and discrimination training for Mozambican HIV/AIDS NGOs through knowledge management and small group facilitation.
- Authored guide for internal financial, operational and general management procedures for partner NGOs.

Pathfinder International is an international NGO.

- Translated program documents from Portuguese to English for a program supporting adolescents living with HIV.


Africa Aid

MDNet Officer

MDNet is an initiative to create free mobile physicians networks within countries in Africa, helping to advance the transfer of medical knowledge between physicians in Africa.

- Coordinated planning and implementation of programmatic goals.
- Researched stakeholders and resources in target countries for program expansion.

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Academy for Educational Development

Program Assistant

We Can! is a national community-based childhood obesity prevention program supported for four institutes within the National Institutes of Health.

- Advised potential and participating program sites on program implementation, marketing, communications, and
business development strategies to expand program functionality for sites.
- Spearheaded regional partnership development and training development.
- Increased the number of participating sites from approximately 100 to 300 participating sites.
- Coordinated planning of inaugural We Can! trainings with attendance of 300 at both sites.

Worksite wellness for small- and medium-sized businesses

- Coordinated an advisory board meeting with key stakeholders.
- Contributed to design of an online platform to administer health and wellness initiatives.

Increasing minority participation in HIV vaccine clinical trials
- Compiled research for literature reviews and environmental scans and wrote summary reports for projects related to worksite wellness and HIV vaccine clinical trials.


Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

MPH, Population and Family Health, Global Health

Yale University

B.A., Psychology