DR. ANNA SSENTONGO, FOUNDER AND CEO

Anna has been involved in leadership since a young age. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree in science/ neuroscience at Penn State, with a special interest in neuro-trauma, she served as the President of Student Government, and the co-chair of the Student Activity Fee committee. During this time, she volunteered and fund-raised with community and faith-based organizations, such as UNICEF, Heifer International, Out of the Cold Homeless Program, Salvation Army and San-Juan Bautista Summer Camp, providing a safe summer day-camp for at-risk youth in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While obtaining her Master of Public Health (MPH), specializing in Health Policy, and working towards her doctorate degree, Anna has worked full time in trauma at Penn State College of Medicine, publishing >60 research publications in top-rated journals in-which she specialized in violence, trauma, global health and infectious diseases such as COVID-19. She also has applied for grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), department of defense, and other organizations. Anna is currently a member of the following organizations in-which she has presented her research at their national conferences and in many cases won awards: Pediatric Trauma Society (PTS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Epilepsy Society (AES), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), American Surgical Congress (ASC), and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and childhood trauma, Dr. Anna Ssentongo has a passion for helping and advocating for trauma survivors, especially victims of human trafficking and sexual assault. Prior to starting the Pennsylvania Coalition against Human Trafficking (PCAHT), Anna volunteered with victims of sexual assault and human trafficking through church ministries and in Facebook support groups. Anna is a strong believer in the healing power of writing. She recently wrote a book, 23, that gave 23 survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault the chance to share their stories. She says, “Writing is a cathartic (liberating) way of letting go of our pains, often before we are ready to talk about them.” Aside from writing books, publishing manuscripts, teaching college students and leading writing exercises with trafficking survivors, Dr. Anna spends time with her loving husband and children.