Augustina (Tina) Mensa-Kwao is an ORISE Evaluation Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Diabetes Translation. In this role, Tina provides technical assistance with evaluations to state health departments and community-based organizations across the US that implement the National Diabetes Prevention program or diabetes self-management and education programs. She also assists with evaluation assessments and rapid evaluation studies on diabetes prevention and management programs.
Prior to joining the CDC, Tina received a Master in Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University. There, she conducted qualitative research on Haitian women’s mental health, co-authored a manuscript on mHealth technology for mental health services, led as the Student Government President, and served as the 2018 Student Commencement Speaker.
Tina is an alumna of the University of Virginia (UVa) with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Global Development Studies and a minor in Leadership from the McIntire School of Commerce. Combining her background in global development studies with newfound skills in data analysis, Tina worked to develop communications and stakeholder engagement strategies at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and Global Health Strategies (GHS). At CGI, Tina assisted the Global Health track with strategic planning, spearheaded a two-month-long independent data analysis project, and produced a paper on women’s mental health. At GHS, Tina collaborated with six teams to provide communications support and solutions for multiple clients, including the Gates Foundation.
Tina has held various leadership positions, including an organizer of the #WeAreAllUVa campaign that received national acclaim in the Huffington Post and engaged over 5,000 students, faculty, and community members. Tina served as the outreach coordinator of Be Jersey Strong, a White House-recognized community-based non-profit focused on dismantling barriers to obtain health insurance for New Jersey residents. She also organized the 2011 Music Inspires Health education campaign in New Jersey, which spread vital messages on physical and mental health.
As an immigrant from Ghana, Tina is passionate about addressing gaps to health equity and increasing access to quality health services, particularly in low-income environments. Tina is an alumna of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program and served on the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association executive board. She has been recognized as a Rhodes Scholar finalist, UVa lawn resident, and inducted in the Delta Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. In her spare time, Tina enjoys traveling, taking advantage of GroupOn deals, and skydiving.