Yeeli is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Community for Global Health Equity and the UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab. Her research interests encompass community planning and design to promote healthy living and reduce health inequities. Yeeli holds a PhD in Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she completed her dissertation focusing on the role of crime and abandoned homes in an urban food system.
Currently, Yeeli works with an interdisciplinary team seeking to advance equitable food systems through the lens of planning and policy in the Global South. In the US context, Yeeli is exploring the public health implications of targeted neighborhood revitalization in Baltimore, MD, by developing case studies of the Vacants to Value Program.
Yeeli also holds a MPH in Health Policy and Administration from the Yale School of Public Health. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked at FHI 360 in Washington, DC as a Marketing and Communications Officer for the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.