Meet the 2021-2023 Fellows

We have 45 Fellows placed at 37 Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) host sites.

Alameda County

Abigail Cruz Reyes (she/her)


  • 1st generation college student and UC Merced graduate
  • UCLA Public Health Scholar

Fun Fact: Enjoys trying new food recipes & sharing with family

Munya Mahiya (he/him)


  • From Zimbabwe now living in the Bay Area
  • Previously an independent living coordinator and advocate

Fun Fact: I am an adaptive athlete. My main sport is wheelchair basketball

Munya Mahiya


Fellow Application

The 2021-2023 cohort is full. Applications are no longer being accepted.

  • More than 900 applications were received.
  • 86 Interviews were conducted.
  • 45 finalists were extended offer letters to participate in the program.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet at least ONE of the following:

  • High school diploma AND at least four years of any work experience 
  • Associate's Degree AND at least two years of any work experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalent. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least six months of full-time work experience in a public or private agency providing communicable disease control (e.g., case investigation/contact tracing for COVID-19, TB, STD or other diseases); OR 
  • At least one year of full-time work experience in a public or private organization providing health and human service activities (e.g., community or global health, maternal and child health, health education, clinical support, environmental health, health policy, social and behavioral health, or another related program)
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or another language besides English 

Application Process

  • Interested applicants submitted their resumes and cover letters in June 2021.
  • Eligible applicants completed a survey indicating where they were currently located and at which Local Health Jurisdiction Host Sites they’d be willing to be placed.
  • The Pathways Program Team read and scored all applications that met minimum eligibility standards.
  • Data from the application review was summarized and applicants were invited to interview based on preliminary LHJ Host Site match.