Tsehey developed an interest in public health during her adolescence. Growing up in West Ethiopia in a family of farmers, she saw the vital importance of disease prevention, proper hygiene, sanitation, and the use of insecticides. Now as an immigrant to New York City, after completing her AAS degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College, Tsehey aims to ultimately receive her Master of Public Health degree. Tsehey’s eventual career goal is to work for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a city public health researcher.


“From my previous life experience I have learned a lot about how to overcome challenges by being focused with my goals and being patient.” – Tsehey Gebreyes