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January 7, 2015

PHII welcomes Jimica Tchamako to the Requirements Lab

PHII welcomes new Senior Business Analyst Jimica Mack Tchamako this week. Jimica brings to her new role at PHII seven years of experience in health care operations and delivery. In her new position at PHII, she will support the work of the Requirements Lab, which includes working to improve public health information systems at both domestic health departments and international ministries of health.

In her previous position, Jimica managed the operations of a health IT consultancy. She quickly moved up the ranks of the consultancy, beginning as an Analyst, being promoted to Senior Analyst, and then moving into a Project Manager role. At this point, Jimica said she was encouraged to seek an MBA to further her career, but when she researched degree programs, she realized the path she really wanted to pursue: a Master of Public Health.

Jimica’s change in plans was sparked by spending more time with the family of her fiancé (now her husband). His family comes from Cameroon and is heavily involved in global health, working with organizations like Doctors without Borders. “Even just conversations around the dinner table got me interested,” says Jimica, adding that these interactions pushed her to broaden her thinking about health from the domestic to the international scale.

Jimica applied to Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University last year. When her acceptance came, she says she took it as a sign that she’d selected the right fork in the road. Around that time, she applied to the Senior Business Analyst position at PHII.

When she’s not working, Jimica enjoys traveling, playing Scrabble and reading. Her favorite kinds of books are inspirational. “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom is one of her favorites. But Jimica isn’t content simply to be inspired; she also strives to inspire others. Two years ago, she founded IMPACT, a youth leadership program for 5th and 6th grade students, at her church. The program develops leadership skills among the students using goal-driven curriculum. It also encourages exceptional academic performance and mental and physical well-being.

As she begins her new position at PHII, Jimica is looking forward to applying her health IT skills to the world of public health. Says Jimica of this transition: “It’s like switching to a new topic of discussion—but I’m excited to start the conversation!”

Piper Hale

Communications Manager