Introducing Matt Freeman: Our Newest Board Member

Matthew Freeman, PhD MPH is currently an Assistant Professor and the first Rose Salamone Gangarosa Scholar in Sanitation and Safe Water in the Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.  He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2000 as a biology major and traveling through Central and South America, working on an ambulance in Guatemala and volunteering for CARE in Bolivia, Dr. Freeman received his MPH in Global Environmental Health from the Rollins School of Public Health in 2005.  His Masters thesis focused on promotion of household water treatment in Western Kenya with the CDC.  Following his MPH, Matt returned to Western Kenya for 2 years where he managed the research for a CARE-led project assessing the health and educational impacts of water, sanitation,  and hygiene improvements in primary schools.  In 2011, he completed his PhD in Infectious and Tropical Disease and was appointed to the Department of Environmental Health.  Dr. Freeman currently has ongoing research projects in India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Mali; his work focuses on equitable access, health and educational impacts, and monitoring and evaluation of improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene.  He is specifically interested in understanding the complementary health effects of deworming and sanitation and hygiene improvements.  He works closely with a number of non-governmental organizations, including CARE, WaterAid, and Save the Children among others.  

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