Hagere Yilma is a project manager for health misinformation and trust at KFF. In this role, Yilma is developing a new program aimed at combatting health misinformation and fostering trust in news and media.
Previously, Yilma collaborated with global organizations, including the World Health Organization and the World Bank Group, to promote health among marginalized populations. For the RANI Project—a large-scale women’s nutrition intervention in rural Odisha, India–Yilma helped design a program that improved the health of many women by providing data-driven behavior change insights. She has also designed and taught courses on health promotion for disenfranchised populations as a clinical assistant professor at Boston University.
Yilma holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Colgate University and a Master of Public Health degree in community-oriented primary care from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, where she also earned a Ph.D. in social and behavioral sciences.