Aleli Alcaide joined the Public Health Institute- Center for Wellness and Nutrition (PHI CWN) in June 2019 as a Program Associate. She currently provides programmatic support and technical assistance to the CDC's Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH).
Due to her past experiences, Aleli is very passionate about holistic public health approaches that are culturally appropriate and responsive to marginalized communities. Prior to joining PHI CWN, Aleli was a Healthy Schools Coordinator in Peace Corps Guatemala. She worked in implementing the national Healthy Schools Strategy and the newly enacted School Feeding law at the local, municipal, and regional level in the Ixil region. After her time with Peace Corps Guatemala ended, Aleli had the opportunity to be a consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) where she developed a five-year strategic plan focused on public health interventions aimed at school communities. She has interned with the Praxis Project in Oakland, California. Finally, Aleli worked with FEVI in Lumbisi, Ecuador and GRACE Cares-Project Hearts in Baitoa, Dominican Republic where she executed health education strategies aimed at children and adolescents.
She received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Global Studies (2015) with a focus on Global Health as well as a Master of Public Health (2017) with a concentration on Health Behavior and Promotion from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys traveling and brunch. She maintains strong ties to her Peace Corps community and is currently working with the various actors to implement a pilot program focused on gender equality. Finally, she has traveled to 19 countries and hopes to visit 30 countries before she is 30.