The Society for Women’s Health Research has hired Sherie Lou Z. Santos, MPH, as director of science policy. In this role, Santos will envision, direct, and implement creative science programs and policy activities designed to improve women’s experiences in health care, as well as provide strategic insight on scientific policy challenges and opportunities for engagement.
Santos previously worked as an American Public Health Association congressional policy fellow for Sen. Patty Murray on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Santos served as key staff on legislative negotiations, as well as advised Sen. Murray, ranking member of the committee, on Food and Drug Administration-related drug pricing and public health policies.
Prior to her fellowship, Santos was a program manager at the University of Maryland for Project HEAL (Health through Early Awareness and Learning), a five-year National Cancer Institute-funded program seeking to identify the best way to implement evidence-based strategies to increase cancer screening.
Santos is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and earned her dual MPH at the Loma Linda University with concentrations in health promotion and education and maternal and child health. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from George Washington University. Santos is also the chair-elect of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association.