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Anastasia Woods
awoods4@tulane.edu
504-314-7069

As the Administrative Assistant, Anastasia Woods assists with the general operations of the center and supports Taylor staff with event planning for projects initiated by the Leadership Team.

As an undergraduate student, Woods served as a Diversity Change Agent. In this role, she created workshops that raised public awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion. Woods spent a summer abroad in China and India to study the cultural and historical context of Tibetan exiles. She also studied abroad for a semester in Kenya and Rwanda to evaluate the intersectionality between public health and human rights. In Kenya, she conducted research to investigate the association between utilizing traditional birth attendants during child delivery and the high maternal mortality rate in Kisumu County.

As a doula and aspiring public health professional, Woods aims to explore human-centered design and social entrepreneurship to inform how she will address racial health disparities in maternal health outcomes. Her long-term goal is to create innovative birth clinics that increase the accessibility and affordability of alternative birth options for underrepresented populations.

Woods is a proud College Track New Orleans alum, who actively engages in advancing the alumni network and supporting high school students. Woods recently became a fellow in the Urban League’s Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD) Fellowship program, a training institute focused on developing community leaders into education advocates.

In May 2018, Woods graduated cum laude in Public Health from Franklin and Marshall College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and Sociology. Her honors thesis evaluated the barriers of breastfeeding among low-income mothers in relation to the effectiveness of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative. Through her academic excellence in Sociology, she became a member of Alpha Kappa Delta. Currently, she is pursuing her MPH in Maternal and Child Health at Tulane and serves as a scholar in the Center for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Scholars Program.

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