Ruth Teseyem Tadesse currently serves as a Community Health Project Specialist and works to support health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. As a Health Specialist, Tadesse uses data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments.
Tadesse Earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies, and a Health minor from Illinois Wesleyan University, and is currently a student in the Public Health Policy and Management department at SDSU, earning a Masters in Public Health. As an Ethiopian, she believes that pursuing a master’s degree in public health will enable her to aid in tackling the frustrating and inadequate policies that plague much of the African continent. Tadesse hopes to be an active participant in organizations advocating for social change and healthier communities consisting of Ethiopians and the broader Sub-Saharan African community. Tadesse has a passion for advocacy and has often been involved in various campaigns to promote pressing issues globally, such as addressing famine in Yemen, women’s rights issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, and protecting various vulnerable groups.
Tadesse previously served as a Program Assistant for Engage Globally, an NGO working to provide environmental and educational community-led sustainable development in rural Northern Ghana. Tadesse also worked as a SDSU COVID Case Manager and worked to help keep the SDSU community safe by disseminating appropriate information and aiding contact tracing efforts.