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Sarah Seidel

Sarah Seidel is a former Jesuit Volunteer and Catholic Worker working with the homeless in Orange County, California as well as a GED teacher to adult students in Austin, Texas. Fully committed to social justice work but desiring to link direct service with research and community level projects, she returned to school to study public health. She graduated with a DrPH in Health Promotion & Behavioral Science from the UT School of Public Health in May 2016. She is currenlty a Research Anaylst in the Office of the Medical Director at the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department. She has worked as a Project Coordinator on a Community Transformation Grant to increase healthy food access and physical activity opportunities in underserved Austin communities and supported Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya in community health projects to evaluate their orphan empowerment program and conduct formative research around local children living on the street and the opening of a rescue center. Her dissertation research explored community perceptions surrounding why children leave home for the streets and attitudes towards fostering and adoption of street-involved children and youth, as well as the adverse childhood experiences and health outcomes of youth currently living on the streets of Meru County, Kenya. She enjoys gardening, reading, backpacking with her husband Graham and working on her second novel.