Master of Public Health candidate
BA, Latin American Studies and Public Health, University of Texas-Austin
Wilderness Search and Rescue Certification, Level III Technician
Undergraduate Research Fellow
Sarah Henly-Shepard received a Bachelor of Art with honors in Latin American Studies and Public Health from the University of Texas at Austin. She also holds basic certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and as a Wilderness Search and Rescue Technician. She has studied and held internships abroad in the Dominican Republic and Brazil, gaining experience in rural and urban public health initiatives through support from an Undergraduate Research Scholarship and an Environmental Interdisciplinary FIPSE Fellowship. She has served in various capacities in cross-cultural, community health, and development initiatives in Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. Her most recent employment was as a program manager at the Migrant Clinicians Network, a national not-for-profit dedicated to improving the health of migrants and other mobile, underserved populations. Some of her recent community involvement includes serving as Lieutenant of a local Search and Rescue and disaster relief team; being a volunteer for the City of Austin Certified Emergency Response Team; training AMIGOS international health volunteers; teaching English as a second language to immigrants, refugees, and community members at the Casa Marianella shelter; and serving on a Community Impact Volunteer Life Basics Board for a local United Way chapter.
United States of America
Humanitarian assistance/international disaster relief and development
What are your career goals?
To bridge the gap between sustainable development and disaster relief initiatives around the globe, by incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to eliminating inequities in public health; improving access to food, water and education; increasing human security; and ensuring ecologically and culturally sound development.
What sparked your interest in global health?
Through her professional and volunteer work in both the United States and Brazil as an educator and emergency response team member, Henly-Shepard has worked with a variety of populations: migrants, the homeless, mobile underserved populations, and residents of both urban slums and small agricultural communities. Having extensive experience in both temporary emergency situations and longer-term initiatives, she has always focused on understanding and helping the most vulnerable populations, who face additional barriers to accessing services due to language, economic and cultural differences.
Henly-Shepard is continually motivated by “the power of united communities and daring individuals willing to make positive changes in their lives,” and by people dedicating their lives to finding creative and effective solutions to improve the safety, health and well-being of people all over the world.