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Alessandra da Matta

PhD Student, Health Policy and Health Services Research
Health Services Administration and Policy

Biography

Alessandra da Matta is a PhD student in the health policy and health services research program and serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Services Administration and Policy in the College of Public Health at Temple University.

Alessandra’s research is focused on health policy issues at the intersection of migrant and refugee health. Her current research project analyzes the data from Federally Qualified Health Centers in Southeastern Pennsylvania to investigate the barriers and facilitators to access and utilization of health centers by migrants and refugees. 

Dr. Matta earned her clinical doctorate in medicine from Taubaté University (Brazil), followed by a pediatrics residency at Dr. Cármino Caricchio Municipal Hospital of São Paulo (Brazil). She is an alumna of the Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences Adolescent Health Fellowship Program and a Temple University Presidential Fellowship awardee. 

Dr. Matta previously practiced as a pediatrician and adolescent health specialist for several years in Brazil as part of the national healthcare system (SUS) and the private insurance system. Her fieldwork with Bolivian and Venezuelan migrants in Brazil inspired her to pursue a career in public health.