Sarah Seidel

With over ten years of experience working and living in vulnerable communities, I am fully committed to health as a social justice and human right, to community-based participatory methods that engage and empower communities while providing resources and technical assistance to address their health problems.

My specific interests are in health literacy and health communication; program development, implementation and evaluation; and environmental or systems changes in communities to promote health and support health behavior change.


Doctor of Public Health

May 2016

University of Texas School of Public Health

Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences
Minor: Epidemiology; Breadth: Quantitative Methods


Graduate Certificate in Public Health

August 2012

University of Texas School of Public Health

Masters of Fine Arts, Creative Writing

May 2006

Chapman University

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

May 2002

University of Notre Dame



  • Health Communication Scholars Program, UT Austin, 2014-2015

  • Ronald B. Harrist Scholarship, UTSPH, 2013-2014

  • Outstanding New Student Scholarship, UTSPH, 2012-2013

  • Graduate Fellowship, Chapman University, 2004-2006

  • John Fowles Center Award for Best Novel Excerpt, 2006

  • Notre Dame Scholar, 1998-2002


Professional Experience

Research Analyst

June 2015 - present

Office of the Medical Director, Austin-Travis County Health & Human Services
Austin, TX

  • Conduct analysis of chronic disease data for Austin-Travis County area including analysis of mortality, BRFSS, and hospital discharge data.
  • Provide technical assistance to HHSD data workgroups for maternal and child health, social services, and chronic disease.
  • Program evaluation design and implementation for two HHSD programs: DSRIP 1115 Waiver Projects (Diabetes & Tobacco Cessation) and Healthy Food Access (Farm Stand & Mobile Markets 6-Month Pilot).
  • Member of Research Review Committee, which provides technical assistance to departmental research teams and employees preparing for conference presentations.
  • Community workgroups and committees: Collaborative Health Planning and Central Health Equity Policy Council.


Evaluation Research Supervisor

(in Kenya) May 2014 - July 2014
(remotely) August 2014 - present

Maua Methodist Hospital
Maua, Kenya

  • Currently:
    • Conduct analysis of outcome evaluation data for Watoto Wa Ahadi program
    • Mentor medical students and master’s students in literature review, article preparation, and data interpretation.
    • Prepare articles for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
    • Prepare reports and presentations to disseminate results on NGO website, to donors, and to local Kenyan community partners.
  • Previously:
    • Coordinated and supervised three evaluation projects for the hospital: an outcome evaluation of an orphan empowerment program and two formative evaluations for the development of a rescue and rehabilitation center for street youth.
    • Collaborated with hospital and NGO staff to organize and train research teams in survey and participatory research methods - including Photovoice and Rapid Rural Appraisal.
    • Supervised qualitative data collection as well as survey and assessment of street-involved children and youth’s physical and psychosocial health.


Teaching Assistant

Jan 2013 - May 2016

University of Texas School of Public Health
Austin, Texas
  • Courses: Intermediate Biostatistics and Introduction to Biostatistics; Intro to Program Evaluation; Health Promotion Theory & Methods II: Community Based Participatory Research Methods; Intervention Mapping; Social & Behavioral Aspects of Community Health; Public Health Communication.
  • Provided assistance and support to Masters and Doctoral students in statistical analysis, use of Stata software, intervention mapping and design, writing evaluation plans, assessing measurement tools, and writing R21 grant proposals.
  • Designed Blackboard and Canvas course content and facilitate small group sessions and online discussion boards.


Project Coordinator

Aug 2013 - Sept 2014

Community Transformation Grant


University of Texas School of Public Health
Austin, TX

  • Coordinated a Community Transformation Grant in partnership with City of Austin, UTSPH, and two community-based organizations (Latino Healthcare Forum and Alliance for African-American Health – Central Texas) to increase healthy food access, physical activity opportunities, and tobacco-free housing in two areas of Austin, Texas.
  • Managed communication between community partners and City of Austin, provided ongoing support for project implementation, and prepared monthly reports of deliverable progress.


Adult Education Instructor & Transitions Program Coordinator

Aug 2009 - present

Austin Learning Academy
Austin, TX


  • GED and Adult Education Instructor for comprehensive family education non-profit serving minority, immigrant, and low-income families
  • Assisted 300 students in completing GEDs and 40 students in beginning Austin Community College in four years
  • Coordinated the Transitions Program to assist GED completers applying for community college or entering the workforce. Developed a Transitions Math curriculum to train adult educators across the state of Texas
  • Member of Capital Area C-4 Pilot Grant taskforce, a collaborative grant to develop and measure integration of adult education and workforce programs. Piloted College & Career Awareness curriculum, developed evaluation tools for tracking student progress and performance, and strengthened partnerships with 3 local Workforce centers


Health Literacy and Health Promotion Intern

Jan 2012 - June 2013

Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
Austin, TX

  • Lead author of Central Texas Healthcare Resource Directory, a comprehensive guide to medical services for the Austin area. Facilitated focus groups to assist in revision and organized breakfast meeting for 70+ individuals to promote health literacy and resource guide to local organizations
  • Edited and revised LCCT’s Health Literacy Instruction Manual for Adult Literacy Instructors and designed the Doctor’s Visit Toolkit, a patient empowerment tool to improve patient-provider communication
  • Designed and wrote content for the LCCT website’s Health Literacy page


Director of Case Management

May 2005 - Jul 2009

Micah’s Way
Santa Ana, CA


  • Assisted in the foundation of this non-profit resource center providing meals, clothing, and case management to homeless individuals and families, and those at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Developed and implemented Family and Individual Services program with Executive Director, serving 100 individuals and families in case management over three years.
  • Supervised a team of 3 Case Managers in development, implementation and follow-up of clients’ case plans that included assistance with employment and education, budgeting, health care and mental health services access, life skills and parenting, and referrals to other community organizations.
  • Tracked and compiled statistics for program evaluation, grant proposals and publications.


Case Manager

June 2003 - May 2005

Orange County Catholic Worker House
Santa Ana, CA


  • One of nine Catholic Workers living and working as full-time volunteers in the Orange County Catholic Worker House, which sheltered and served 100 homeless men, women, and children each night.
  • Developed resident case plans, including assistance with employment and education, budgeting, health care and mental health services access, life skills and parenting, and referrals to other community organizations. Provided weekly follow-up and support to residents and their families.
  • Developed and directed the Reading Program, which paired homeless children with volunteers to work on literacy and reading comprehension after school during the week


Case Manager / Children’s Program Director

Jan 2003 - Dec 2004

Colette’s Children’s Home (Jesuit Volunteer Corps)
Huntington Beach, CA


  • Developed resident case plans, including assistance with employment and education, budgeting, health care and mental health services access, life skills and parenting, and referrals to other community organizations. Provided weekly follow-up and support to residents and their families.
  • Organized and directed the weekly evening children’s programs for resident children of the shelter
  • Designed and implemented School Liaison program between the local schools, parents, and shelter staff to improve academic performance and parental involvement
  • Wrote and edited grant applications for funding from state, surrounding cities, and local foundations


Employment Counselor / Children’s Program Director

Aug 2002 - Dec 2002

Thomas House Temporary Shelter (Jesuit Volunteer Corps)    
Garden Grove, CA


  • Assisted shelter residents in resume creation and job search and provided interview skills and basic computer skills training
  • Organized and directed an afterschool program or 75 children of the shelter’s immediate neighborhood, including coordination and supervision of 10 volunteer tutors.


Editing Experience


Aug 2006 - present

Berlin, Germany


  • Editor and proofreader for English language academic papers and articles, dissertations, and reports for Research Center 700 (SFB) Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, Freie Universität Berlin, University of Leipzig, Comparativ: Journal of Global History and Comparative Social Studies, and Heinrich Böll Foundation (Southeast Asia Project)
  • Experienced in copy and line editing and final proofreading of texts written by non-native English speakers writing on complex theoretical subjects in political science, anthropology and health



Reports & Resource Guides

  • Chronic Disease in Travis County – 2016 – Report compiling mortality data, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data, and Hospital Discharge Data on Travis County residents.
  • Central Texas Healthcare Resource Directory (4th edition) – comprehensive guide for use by health care and social service providers; information, resource description, and contact information for health care, public benefits and insurance, health education, and related social services in Central Texas
  • Health Literacy Instructor Manual for Adult Educators – guide comprising curriculum and lesson plans for adult educators to teach health literacy in the ESL and GED classroom

Articles – Adult Education

  • Seidel, S.; Seibert, C. “Implementing a College Transition Curriculum into Adult Education Classrooms.” Texas Quarterly, Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy & Learning, 14(2), April 2010.


Articles – Public Health

  • Goodman, M.L.; Seidel, S.; Kaberia, R.; Keiser, P.H. "How can we improve healthcare access and general self-rated health among orphans and vulnerable children? Findings from a Kenyan cross-sectional study." International Journal of Public Health. 2015 Jul;60(5):589-97.


Forthcoming Articles

  • Seidel, S.; Chang, J.; Mwongera, G.; Gitari, S.; Keiser, P.H.; Goodman, M.L. (2016, in progress). Adverse childhood events and psychological wellbeing of children and youth living on the streets of semi-rural Kenya. (Submitted to Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies)
  • Seidel, S.; Muciimi, J.; Chang, J.; Gitari, S.; Keiser, P.H.; Goodman, M.L. (2016, in progress). Community perspectives of adopting children living on the streets in semi-rural Kenya.
  • Seidel, S.; Muciimi, J.; Chang, J.; Gitari, S.; Keiser, P.H.; Goodman, M.L. (2016, in progress). Community perceptions of home environment leading children to the street in semi-rural Kenya.
  • Seidel, S.; Ackerman, K.; Xu, Y.; Goodman, M.L. (2016, in progress). Development of a comprehensive treatment program and evaluation plan for children and youth formerly living on the streets of semi-rural Kenya.



  • Chang, J.; Martinez, K.; Nguyen, M.; Montesinos, M.; Barwatt, J.;  Okorafor, N.; Seidel, S.; Goodman, M.L. Beliefs Related to the Adoption of Former Street Children Among Community Members Around Maua, Kenya in Summer 2014. UTMB Center for Global Health Education Annual Symposium 2014.


Board membership & Civic involvement

  • Board Secretary, Sodzo International (International NGO with mission to promote opportunity in the world’s most vulnerable children)(2014-present)
  • Sparky Park Renovation Planning Team, North University Neighborhood Association (2013-present)
  • Website Manager, North University Neighborhood Association (2014-present)
  • HOA Board – Garden & Building Maintenance Manager (2011-present)
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps Community Support Member, Santa Ana, CA (2003-2006)


Skills and other qualifications

  • Statistical Software: STATA, SPSS, MiniTab, NORM, EpiInfo
  • Learning and Web Platforms: Blackboard, Canvas, Joomla/K2
  • Statistical Techniques: Linear and Logistic Regression, AN(C)OVA, MAN(C)OVA, DFA, EFA, CFA, SEM, Categorical Analysis
  • Additional Courses: Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives (University of Minnesota, Fall 2014); Logistic Regression Short Course (San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association, Spring 2015).
  • Language: Spanish (Advanced Reading, Writing; Intermediate Speaking), German (Intermediate Reading, Writing; Basic Speaking), French (Intermediate Reading, Writing; Basic Speaking)