Jordan Howard-Young is an MA candidate in international development at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is also completing graduate certificates in Humanitarian Assistance and Global Health. His interests are in health access and agency in humanitarian and development settings, with a specific focus on tuberculosis and HIV.
In late 2006, Jordan traveled to rural Zimbabwe to work with a non-profit organization on HIV education in a village orphanage and the surrounding farming homesteads. From 2007 to 2008, he worked as a community organizer with the presidential campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama. Following the election, he spent a year working as a policy analyst on national health care legislation passed by the US Congress in 2010 as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2011, he conducted field research in Palestinian refugee camps in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on refugee health access and agency. Since early 2013, Jordan has worked for the Tuberculosis Control Program within the Denver Department of Public Health as a research associate and clinic specialist. After completing his medical education, he hopes to work alongside his partner, Emma, as a physician in the emergency and recovery phases of international humanitarian crises.
Jordan graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in international development & health and integrate pre-medical sciences in 2013. In July 2014, he will matriculate into the MD program at Jefferson Medical College.