Selam Tilahun, born and raised in Ethiopia, is a researcher and evaluator in the field of public health. She currently works as a research scientist at the Minnesota Department of Health. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
Selam has passion for equity work that intersect with health, and how health research/evaluation can be a tool to make progress towards a larger goal of racial and economic justice. In her research and evaluation career, Selam has worked with youth, families, individuals experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence and, at large, racially- and economically-diverse communities to support the inclusion - ideally the centering - of their voices in decisions made about policies and practices that impact them. Her previous work also includes community organizing to make parks and recreations in Minneapolis accessible and safe space to all residents, and working with local public health and resettlement agencies to ensure recent immigrants and refugees received adequate and timely health screening, in addition to housing and other essential services.
In her spare time, Selam enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and soccer, and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys being a new dog mom to Lex.