Jahira Sterling, MPA, is a program associate at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). In this role, she supports CHCS projects related to health equity, adults with complex health and social needs, and population health and prevention, including the Co-Creating Solutions to Address Racism and Disparities in Oncology initiative, and the Partnerships for Action: California Health Care & Homelessness Learning Collaborative.

Prior to joining CHCS, Jahira held a range of internships during her undergraduate and graduate career. Most recently, she interned with the Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers University-Newark as a graduate coordinator for the Office of New Student and Family Programs, where she provided mentorship and campus resources to new students and their families. Jahira also interned with the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus Foundation (NJLBCF) where she served as a congressional intern. In this role, she supported District 22, located in Plainfield, NJ, and worked closely with Assemblywoman Linda Carter and her team. During her time with NJLBCF, Jahira developed experience within the political arena, established relationships with New Jersey constituents, and gained essential skills through networking opportunities and workshops. (She even got to meet Governor Murphy and be in a commercial with him!)

Jahira holds a master’s degree in public administration with a health care administration concentration and a bachelor’s of social work, both from Rutgers University-Newark.

In her spare time, Jahira enjoys watching thriller and horror movies, writing, going to sip and paints, and walks in the park.