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Melinda has worked at Pfizer since 2006 in Technical Services — Aseptic Processing, Quality Compliance, and most recently Drug Safety. Her responsibilities in Safety include ensuring the reporting of adverse events to comply with corporate and regulatory requirements, providing training to colleagues and contractors/vendors regarding reporting obligations and role-specific tasks, and supporting the Oncology Business Unit on safety-related matters. A kinesiologist by training, Melinda worked previously in physiotherapy and volunteered with the DARE (Diabetes Aerobic and Resistance Exercise) study and as an athletic therapist on varsity and community sports teams before making the transition to the pharmaceutical industry. She also volunteered with the Hurricane Katrina housing rebuild as well as participating in and later and co-facilitating social justice "camps" concerning advocacy, food and hunger, environment, and aboriginal water rights.
In India CARE leads community-based efforts to improve nutrition and maternal health. The Pfizer Global Health Fellow will assist CARE to complete implementation of a knowledge management system that will allow the organization to better disseminate data and health outcomes of nutrition interventions underway across the country to policymakers, donors and community members. During her Fellowship, Melinda will analyze and strengthen reporting tools to update partners and donors in India on health outcomes and emerging trends.
Melinda hopes to learn more about the challenges to public health in developing regions and how health interventions have enabled sustainable change in individuals' and communities' health. She would like to return to Pfizer with greater leadership and project management skills and a better understanding of the pharmaceutical industry's role in global health.
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty placing special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. CARE's vision is a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.