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Neena Jain

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Dr. Neena Jain has focused for decades on global health, humanitarian assistance, and international development, including social determinants of health, decolonization, strategic planning, program design, project management and implementation, monitoring/evaluation and impact measurement.


Neena completed her B.A. in Human Biology at Stanford University, MS in Tropical Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, MD at SUNY Brooklyn Health Sciences Center, and Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. After becoming board-certified in emergency medicine, Neena was an attending physician at Swedish and Denver Health Medical Centers. Additionally, she completed epidemiological studies and public heath projects with the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Professional Background

Neena’s work in international humanitarian assistance and global health included serving as Program Manager, Country Medical Director, Health Sector Lead, and Technical Advisor with international organizations throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean, including Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps, Australian Aid International, Save the Children, and the World Health Organization. Building on this experience, she designed and directed a global nonprofit organization dedicated to emboldening locally led solutions with marginalized communities globally, navigating over 90 community-led partnerships in 25 countries.

Neena currently serves as the Project Manager for the Global Mental Health Psychosocial Network through DU Graduate School of Professional Psychology and teaches with DU’s Office of Internationalization. She previously directed the Program in Humanitarian Assistance at DU Korbel School of International Studies and led core courses in the Global Health Affairs Program. Neena has also directed the Center for Community Safety and Resilience at University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs and created innovative courses with multiple schools at University of Colorado Anschutz.

Teaching Philosophy

Using practical applications, real-life examples, and hands-on exercises in the classroom, Neena draws on decades working directly with crisis-affected and marginalized communities, often in complex contexts. She cares deeply about advancing the nonprofit sector and maximizing positive equitable social impact and global justice for all communities as well as for our planetary well-being.