Yasmin Yassin is a researcher, storyteller, public health professional and recent transplant to the Twin Cities from the west coast of Canada. She is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a background in genetics and microbiology from the University of British Columbia (UBC). Yasmin is passionate about tackling public health issues in innovative ways that improve health and wellness along the life course. Her interests include evidence-based community level programming/evaluation and determining the underlying social causes behind health disparities.
Previously she has worked in various public health capacities at the BC Ministry of Health in Canada, as a research manager for UBC, a field researcher working in Indigenous communities, an intern for the Baltimore City Health Department and in rural Nepal volunteering at a maternal and child health clinic. Yasmin is an alumni of the 2015 Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity Science Communication Residency program and is interested in finding ways to effectively engage people through digital media. She also in a previous life worked in an epigenetics lab and was co-author of a paper in Science.
Yasmin has been volunteering for years in her community wherever she may be, and is most recently a volunteer for Cycles for Change and Hennepin County Public Health’s Health Care for the Homeless here in Minneapolis. In her spare time, she can be found documenting life with her camera, freelancing for various web + design projects, or with her little red road bike exploring the cities.