Nadeen Almanzar is a paralegal in the CLS Health & Independence Unit. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 2019 with a double-major in Ethnicity and Race Studies and Spanish, and a minor in Psychology.
During college, Nadeen interned with the Hispanic Federation’s Health Team where she planned and implemented community education events centering public health issues that affect the Latinx community in the Lower East Side of New York City. She later joined Health Leads of New York as an advocate in Harlem Hospital working to address the social determinants of patients’ health.
During Nadeen’s senior year at Columbia, she conducted an ethnographic thesis project studying the effects of institutionalized birthing practices on birth outcomes for black birthing people. The project was inspired by her own birthing experience with her son in 2018. Nadeen’s thesis contributed to research conducted both with the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race and Columbia University, as well as the Center on Culture, Race, and Equity at Bank Street College of Education, where Nadeen worked as a researcher.
Nadeen is excited to work in the H&I unit at CLS where she can continue her public health-focused advocacy for marginalized communities.