Cara Safon

Cara B. Safon is a Staff Research Associate at CAPS where she serves as the Research Project Assistant for the HRSA-funded SPNS Systems Linkage Initiative. For this demonstration state project, she develops weekly communication with project directors from states’ partner agencies; manages the initiative’s website; helps plan and organize initiative-wide meetings; conducts qualitative observations at state-wide meetings; conducts key informant interviews with project staff; reviews and edits strategy performance narratives; and conducts literature searches and reviews on linkage to and retention in care.

Prior to her role at CAPS, Cara was Program Manager at Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco-based national women’s rights nonprofit organization. There, she researched issues surrounding pregnancy disability leave and workplace fairness for women, supporting both the development and legal departments. She has worked in outreach on the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks, has worked for the City of Berkeley Public Health Department’s Injury Prevention Program, and has conducted research on funding for large international reproductive health projects.

Cara has also served as a Research Assistant for a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley for which she traveled to Cambodia to help design and implement a data collection plan for the primary evaluation of a maternal health social protection program.  

Cara currently volunteers as a Health Educator at the Women’s Community Clinic, a clinic offering gynecological care to underserved populations residing in the Bay Area.

Research Interests:

Impact of STIs/HIV, maternal/child health, women’s reproductive health, global health


2010, BA (Public Health), UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Last modified: April 9, 2013