"My mission is to develop and train generations of global health care professionals in order to ensure more equitable, quality, and culturally responsive healthcare services are delivered to every community member resulting in health equity, healthier lives, well-being, and prosperity for all. "
Hermence Matsotsa, MPH, Ed.
uBuntuSpeaks, LLC Founder and Principal Consultant
Global Health Workforce and Communication Development and Training Expert

Hermence Matsotsa, MPH. Ed. is Founder / Principal Consultant of UbuntuSpeaks, LLC – a leading U.S.- based firm that specializes in global health workforce development, cross / intercultural communication, team building and employee engagement training consulting. As a trilingual (French, Spanish, and English),  Ms. Matsotsa has proven expertise in disease prevention, treatment, care programming, cultural awareness, communication, capacity building, health systems, strengthening training, community mobilization, quantitative and qualitative social / behavioral operational research within diverse, cultural and multilingual populations.  

Ms. Matsotsa has a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Mary Washington College and Adult Education Certification from the University of the District of Columbia.  Ms. Matsotsa has more than 15 years of professional experience in global health, infectious disease prevention, treatment and outbreak response (HIV/AIDS, TB, Polio, sexually transmitted infections, Ebola, Malaria, and Cholera).  As well as, women and gender development, family planning, reproductive health and public health policy.  

Ms. Matsotsa has lead global health and US-based community development projects with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Fulbright Scholar Program and the United States Peace Corps. These innovative projects focused on workforce development and training, strategic and intercultural communication, team building, employee engagement, program management and supervision of multicultural staff and specialists.  Her workplace keynotes challenge corporate and organizational leaders to create diverse, inclusive and empowering spaces.  She encourages them to enable a culture of genuine respect, understanding, collaboration for personal and organizational growth.

Prior to founding uBuntuSpeaks, LLC, Hermence Matsotsa held two key positions with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Global Health.  She also contributed to the agency’s mission to improve the health, safety and security of Americans while reducing worldwide morbidity and mortality.  In 2017, Ms. Matsotsa was a Country Officer / Project Officer with the Division of Global Health Protection.  In this role, she provided technical, management support and expertise to other CDC project officers in 4 French speaking countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali.  The project was related to the initiation, administration, and / or close out of grants and cooperative agreements. 

From 2012 to 2016, Ms. Matsotsa was a Public Health Advisor and Technical Capacity Building Trainer with the CDC STOP Polio Program in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  She provided daily polio and vaccine preventable disease program management, training, technical assistance, and consultation.  She also collaborated with internal and external groups, CDC staff, interns, fellows, international partners- WHO, UNICEF, PAHO and STOP program consultants.  The scope of work was conducted in French and Portuguese speaking African countries, as well as Haiti.

In addition, Ms. Matsotsa provided and facilitated 3 – week long technical and pre-service training. They took place twice a year, over a 4 year period and for a minimum of 100 Atlanta-based STOP training participants.  The training modules included of communication theories / models such as: community for development (C4D), behavior change communication (BCC), social behavior change (SBC), strategic communication, as well as cross and intercultural communication, team building and engagement competencies.  These training provided epidemiologists, health communication specialists and data managers with knowledge, resources and competencies.  They were capable of effectively carrying out disease surveillance, polio and other vaccine preventable diseases prevention activities, polio communication and immunization campaigns.  Along with capacity and health system strengthening and data management in their assigned country of service globally.

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"As a supervisor, Hermence has a strong leadership and supervisory skills by providing staff under her supervision with specific direction and responsibilities as well as development and mentoring opportunities. She attaches importance to diversity, inclusion, equity and treats everyone with dignity and respect, encourages diversity. In addition, Hermence is a good communicator with excellent public speaking skills, well result-oriented with a strong expertise in the field of Public Health and capacity building."
Khady Nimaga- Ouattara
Chief UNICEF Communication for Development, Cameroon Central Africa
"I had the pleasure to work with Hermence during the Ebola crisis in Guinea. While Peace Corps Volunteers had been evacuated from Guinea, our staff remained in place and an interagency agreement was signed to support the CDC. Hermence came to Guinea and helped lead training with WHO for contact tracing team supervisors and health workers in Conakry using her excellent French language skills. This training focused on risk communication skills to negotiate positive citizen cooperation. Pre and post-tests showed strong positive results, and participants reported essential work benefits. In sum, Hermence was a dynamic and effective trainer who made a profound difference!"
Doug Teschner,
Former Peace Corps Director, Consultant at Growing Leadership, LLC