Essi currently lives and practices as an Advanced Public Health Nurse in Houston, Texas, where she works with young women and their families to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Through partnership with community agencies, she works to eliminate perinatal hepatitis B infections in the community, increase immunization rates, and reduce vaccine-preventable diseases.
Previously, she has also worked as a Registered-Nurse in Omaha, Nebraska. She holds a Bachelor in Science of Nursing from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and a Master degree in Nursing, with concentration in global/public health nursing at Creighton University. Born and raised in Togo, West Africa, Essi has experienced issues related to poverty, and what it means to live and grow as a young girl in a low-income country. Many of her childhood experiences determine her passion to work hard to improve the lives of many young women and children in resource-poor countries. Her professional and educational interests are in nursing education and workforce development, reproductive health, especially maternal child health; and health systems in low and middle income countries.