Ben met Chas at a global health conference in 2011 and was quickly convinced that Mfangano was a place me must visit to learn more about OHR. Serendipitously, Ben spent the following year in Western Kenya as an NIH Fogarty scholar and working on a TB diagnostic project with AMPATH based in Eldoret and was able to travel to Mfangano throughout his term. Ben’s involvement with OHR continued through coordination of volunteer programming and research program advising while in medical school. He now serves on the Board of Directors and is a co-investigator of the Kanyakla Study.
Ben is currently a family medicine resident OHSU in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in primary care research with global focus on HIV prevention and non-communicable disease management, health literacy, and social empowerment. He is looking forward to working with OHR and the Mfangano community throughout his career to expand the reach and impact of public health and clinical programs in Western Kenya. You can contact him at ben [dot] pederson [at] gmail [dot] com.