Callie Simon

Technical Advisor for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

Callie Simon is Pathfinder International's Technical Advisor for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Callie has eight years of experience in sexual and reproductive health research, program design, and implementation. Prior to joining Pathfinder, Callie worked at CARE supporting sexual and reproductive health and gender programs and managed a national adolescent and youth HIV prevention program for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

Areas of Expertise: Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health, Youth-Friendly Services

Education: Masters in Public Health in Global Reproductive Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, BA in International Studies and Economics from the University of Miami

Previously lived and/or worked in: Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, India

Languages: Spanish, English

Joined Pathfinder in: June 2010

What's your favorite part about working at Pathfinder?
My favorite part about working at Pathfinder is that I get to work with people around the world who have so much to teach me. It is a joy to work at a place where I am learning every day.

What's one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I love to travel and see new parts of the world. I learned to fly planes when I was 16 so I would never be too far away from my next great adventure.

Do you have a personal connection to Pathfinder's work?
Anyone who has ever been an adolescent can have a strong personal connection to Pathfinder's work. Think back on those times - the embarrassment, the confusion, the joy, the drama, and the fun. My work in the Dominican Republic with adolescents and youth made me realize just how important (and fun) working with adolescents can be and I am lucky to be able to work for an organization that shares my vision for adolescents and youth to have the right to live a happy and healthy sexual and reproductive life.

Was there a moment when the importance of Pathfinder's work really hit home for you?
I distinctly remember a moment in a clinic in Ethiopia when a young woman came in and asked the provider for an implant. She explained that she needed to delay pregnancy so she could finish school. That young woman would not have had access to any method of contraception, let alone an implant, if it hadn't been for the effort of Pathfinder's dedicated staff who worked with providers day in and day out to ensure respectful and comprehensive care for young women

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