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Seeing the World as a Network – John Hembling

by on August 22, 2013

It’s interesting how we tend to maintain ties to the foreign country we had had our first significant exposure to. For John Hembling, it is Nicaragua. He went there with the Peace Corps after graduating with a degree in environmental sciences from Northwestern University. After his Peace Corps stint, he returned to Chicago to manage community environmental education and health programs in a Latino immigrant community.

In January 2005, he moved to New Orleans to study at Tulane for an MPH degree in International Health and Development. He arrived just in time for Hurricane Katrina (August 23). He must have lived on high ground because damage to his apartment was minor. John eventually worked on a number of studies involving Latino migrant workers who came to rebuild New Orleans.

After finishing his degree, he stayed at Tulane to manage the USAID/Global Health Fellows Program. In 2009 he began to transition to MEAURE Evaluation, assisting with activities in Guatemala and Mexico. Now, while also working on a PhD at Tulane, he is the MEASURE Evaluation activity lead for the USAID Central American Regional HIV/AIDS Program. His activities have included PMP development, health service research among MSM and transgender women, and research capacity building. He is currently building data analysis capacity among HIV program managers in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panamá.

John loves the “endless festivals in New Orleans” and travel. He just returned from a vacation in Vietnam (see photo). And – here is the tie in to the first significant experience – he visits Nicaragua every year to enjoy its beaches.


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