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Alia Ryan, MPH | Associate Program Director

Alia is a public health professional with seven years’ experience in community-based prevention and health education. Originally from Michigan, Alia was born and raised in the Midwest. She attended Michigan State University, where she obtained her B.S. in Human Biology with a specialization in Bioethics, Humanities, and Societies. It was during a study abroad experience in Mexico that she realized that she wanted to do more to help people, and her love of public health was discovered. She moved to Chicago and received her MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in Community Health Sciences. In 2011, Alia joined the Asian Health Coalition as an intern working on a childhood obesity and walkability project. She was brought back on a year later as a Program Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Prevention program, and later became the Program Manager for the Hepatitis B Program.

Currently, as the Associate Program Director, Alia oversees the Chronic and Infectious Disease programs, including Hepatitis B, Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, and Access to Care. Additionally, she provides leadership in the development of new and existing health programs, grant writing, and management of staff. Her passion lies within the creation and implementation of community-based health promotion programs among underserved communities.

When she is not working, Alia enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and watching cooking shows. Her favorite thing to bake are chocolate chip cookies!