Mehitabel (Metty) Markwei
Metty was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, and the first of her family to receive a medical degree in the U.S. She received her B.A. in Medical Anthropology from Yale College, with minor studies in Global Health as a Yale Global Health Fellow. Metty served as President of both the Yale African Students' Association (YASA) and the Black Church at Yale (BCAY). At Yale, the hallmark of Metty's service leadership was her authenticity, selfless love, and desire to see minority students succeed. She helped launch many Yale-Africa initiatives such as the inaugural Sankofa54 conference at Yale, a spring break service initiative to Ghana, an alumni conference in Ghana, the Yale Young African Scholars Program, and the Obama Young African Leaders Initiative at Yale. Her contributions at Yale culminated in several awards, such as the Howard Hilgendorf Memorial Award for her senior thesis research in Ghana, the Vanguard Leader Award, and the Janifer Lighting Award from the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center. After college, Metty received her Masters of Science degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing on Reproductive and Cancer Biology. At Hopkins, she was inducted in the Delta Omega Alpha Academic Society and received the society's Lifetime Achievement Award for academic excellence, research, and community service. In medical school, Metty continues to pursue her academic, research, and community service passions. In her spare time, she immerses herself in fiction/narrative medicine, long walks/hikes [when the weather is beautiful], writing, culinary escapes, and serving her community. Talk to Metty about all things Africa, global health, humanities in medicine, serving minority communities, and reproductive health.