Shemesh De León Báez

Shemesh De León Báez is a second-year MPH student in the Department of Epidemiology with a Certificate in Global Health. He was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in New York City, and completed his undergraduate studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. While at Le Moyne he studied Biological Sciences with a Pre-Med and Anthropology concentration. Upon completing his studies, he moved to Quito, Ecuador where he worked as a full-time volunteer teacher. Shemesh was involved in teaching community health, ESL, literacy courses, as an assistant in the Special Education classroom, and as a mentor to 21 young girls. He worked closely with underprivileged families to ensure that their learning was holistic and that it provided literacy in all aspects of their lives. For his MPH practicum he will be working with PUSKAPA at the University of Indonesia in Depok and the CPC Learning Network. He will provide support to the team working on the CRVS T2 Study which focuses on studying the impact that services in legal identity, health, education, improving governance, and providing off-farm employment has on village life and socio-economic outcomes. Shemesh is committed to being of service to underprivileged communities and hopes to continue providing a holistic approach to interventions at community levels upon completion of his MPH.

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