Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik

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Assistant Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.P.H. in public health, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique; B.S. in chemistry, Converse College; B.A. in mathematics, Converse College


Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. She has an M.P.H. from École des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, where she was also a health policy research fellow. While in Paris, she worked on various health projects including studies that assessed the impact of national smoke-free policies on the incidence of myocardial infarction, and the burden of cerebrovascular diseases and mental health disorders in the EU27 region.

Prior to joining PRGS, she was a Young Champion Fellow with the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health where she designed a study that explored women's experiences with modern contraceptives and interpersonal violence prior to induced abortions. She has also worked at UN Women in Addis Ababa, where she led a project that studied the provision of medico-legal services to survivors of sexual violence. She graduated magna cum laude from Converse College with a B.A. and B.S. in mathematics and chemistry. She speaks English, Amharic, French, and Somali. Her policy interests include health, crime and violence, and international law.


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