Mischka Garel, MPH
Senior Associate Director, CHAMPS
Mischka Garel is Senior Associate Director at the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Program Office at the Emory University Global Health Institute. In this capacity, she is responsible for planning and management of CHAMPS scientific, operational, and site implementation functions.
Mischka brings over 17 years of experience working in maternal and child health research, advocacy, program development and academic administration. Prior to joining CHAMPS, she was Project Director at the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities where she co-directed the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative and managed the overall strategic objectives of the initiative including the Collaborative Innovation Networks, the Improvement Network and Environmental Scan. She was also the Assistant Director of the UCLA Center of Child and Family Health Leadership Training program which provides interdisciplinary training in maternal and child health practice, research, and policy analysis for health professionals in the master of public health (MPH) program and students in the doctoral program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Prior to that, Mischka was the Innovation Hub Deputy Director of the Pan American Development Foundation where she spearheaded and directed the global health division, and developed and managed a portfolio of public-private partnership health initiatives in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. Before joining the Foundation, she directed the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Maryland National Children’s Study (NCS) Center where she oversaw all study operations and trained and managed a dynamic research team, including field data collectors and community ambassadors. Throughout her tenure as study director she coordinated the JHU Study Center’s participation in the NCS Collaborative Improvement Network designed to optimize a direct outreach recruitment strategy. She was also appointed as Chair of the Study’s Retention Collaborative Improvement Network that included representatives from the 40 Vanguard NCS Centers.
As program manager for the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, one of 30 CDC REACH US Centers of Excellence, Mischka led multi-sector community based initiatives aimed at driving systems level changes to address obesity and diabetes disparities in East Harlem. She has served as Associate Director of Public Health Programs, as well as an Instructor at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and has provided numerous guest lectures on community-based participatory approaches to multi-mode evaluation. Mischka has a B.A. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Florida and an M.P.H. degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida.