Elisabeth Wilhelm

Elisabeth Wilhelm
Current Role: Advocacy & Communications Officer, Global Health Corps Fellow at PATH
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Field: Public Relations and Communications

Previously worked for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Vestergaard Frandsen, United Nations Association USA and Pratt Institute.

Dynamic, experienced communications manager with a passion for global health, development, women’s, and youth issues with an extensive work history in the NGO and business sector in New York City. Experience advocating for positive social change at grassroots, national, and regional levels through civil and UN fora on health and development issues.

Currently serving as a Global Health Corps Fellow placed at PATH’s MACEPA program focusing on community advocacy, engagement and communications to support ongoing health research in malaria elimination strategy to support the Zambia Ministry of Health’s Malaria Control Strategy 2011-2015.

I have a wide breadth of experience across media, PR, communications, behavior change communication, media project management, web and social media.

I have done everything from hosting community entry meetings with chiefs in Zambia’s Southern Province to training African youth SRHR advocates on how to use social media for social change, acting as publicist for a documentary screened at 130+ film festivals worldwide, winning over 30+ accolades, to guiding journalists on press tours on a massive public health campaign launch in Kenya, to interfacing with the media and the public for corporate communications on a daily basis, to designing and writing content for CSR reports, to launching social media campaigns featured in the New York Times and partnering with NGOs including ONE and Women Deliver to plan events bringing women’s health issues in the developing world to online blogging audiences, to spearheading the complete relaunch of a corporate website and revitalizing corporate social media campaigns.

I am a high-energy ideas person with a commitment to communicating difficult ideas and concepts to in plain English for a wide variety of stakeholders, including technical health issues such as malaria and HIV vaccine research.


Advocacy & Communications Officer at PATH, Global Health Corps Fellow
July 2014 – Present in Lusaka, Zambia

Senior Media Specialist
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
June 2013 – June 2014 in New York, New York

New Media and Communications Specialist
Vestergaard Frandsen
June 2009 – April 2013 in New York, New York

Resident Advisor
Pratt Institute
January 2008 – May 2009 in Brooklyn, New York

YP4 Web and Communications Intern
People For the American Way
September 2008 – December 2008 in New York, New York

UN Works Intern
United Nations
May 2008 – August 2008 in New York, New York

Model UN Trainer
United Nations Association USA
October 2006 – May 2008 in New York, New York

ArtStart Here & There Project Coordinator
July 2007 – November 2007 in Sydney, Australia

Absynthe Muse
January 2005 – November 2007 

Model UN Trainer
United Nations Association USA
October 2006 – May 2007 in New York, New York

Editorial Intern
Firebrand Literary
August 2006 – January 2007 in Brooklyn, New York

Senior Editor
June 2003 – March 2005


Innovating toward the end of malaria: What actually works?
November 2014

Which malaria control strategies that have been proven to work in other settings can we use to eliminate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa? Which approaches are cost-effective and keep kids under five years of age, the most vulnerable population, out of clinic beds and bouncing on their mother’s knees?

Vaccinate against the brain drain
Global Health Technologies Coalition
October 2013

Access to quality education not only can help prepare tomorrow’s HIV/AIDS scientists—it can also help them beat the odds of becoming tomorrow’s patients. Nearly half of all new HIV infections globally occur in young adults of 15 to 24. The more education, the lower is the risk that young people will contract HIV.

5 Things Every Student Who Wants a Career in Global Health Should Know in GIFs
Global Health Corps
September 2014

Maybe it was a documentary, a friend from church who came back from a mission trip to Peru or South Africa who came back with stories, or a parent who is a doctor or nurse—there are many early influences on teens that lead them to consider studying and a career path working toward global health.

“Even nshima has side effects”: Explaining malaria research trials to community members
November 2014

It’s 98 degrees outside and nineteen community members have arrayed themselves under a leafy green tree in a part of Gwembe an hour off the tarred road in Southern Province, Zambia. Some have traveled for hours—some setting off as early as 4 a.m.—to attend this important meeting convened by the representative of Chief Chipepo to learn about the piloting of a new malaria health strategy that will take place here.


The Johns Hopkins University
MA Communication, Concentration in Health Communication
2011 – 2013

Pratt Institute
BFA Writing for Publication, Performance, and Media
2005 – 2009

University of Sydney (Study Abroad)
2007 – 2007


Available upon request.


Email Elisabeth at elisabeth@sent.com for further information or references.


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