Video Spotlight

"'I'm a Health Worker' - Abduaraman Gidi" made by IntraHealth International.

CHW Central is guided by experts in CHW programming and policy as part of our Technical Advisory Group. The TAG helps us keep abreast of new developments, research, and activities.

Seth Doyle, Manager, Community Health Improvement Program at Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA)
In his role at NWRPCA, Seth oversees NWRPCA’s examination of, and response to, changing population demographics and dynamics, models of community collaboration that address health disparities and promote equity, models of clinical care delivery, and workforce and staffing innovations for community health centers. Seth joined NWRPCA in 2007 as Migrant Health Coordinator, providing training and technical assistance to migrant health centers in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Prior to joining NWRPCA, Seth worked as a Health Educator and Case Manager for the Urban League of Rhode Island. Seth holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies with a Public Health Minor from the University of New Mexico. Seth’s research interests include migration, health, and human rights. He has studied and conducted field research in Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Mexico.

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Allison Annette Foster, Senior Advisor for Health Systems and Health Workforce, IntraHealth International  

Allison Annette Foster, senior advisor for health systems and health workforce at IntraHealth International, brings 20 years of experience in health systems strengthening and extensive expertise working with global, regional, and national stakeholders to improve the performance of the health workforce. Leading IntraHealth’s efforts to expand its reach and effectiveness, Ms. Foster works to develop the evidence base that links human resources for health (HRH) investment to improved service delivery, stronger health systems, and better health outcomes. Before joining IntraHealth, Ms. Foster served as the team lead for health workforce development and performance at University Research Corporation (URC), where she supported interventions to improve health workforce performance and productivity, increase satisfaction and retention, and empower team-based performance management and self-directed improvements. As Regional Advisor for the Americas with the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization, Ms. Foster worked for 10 years advising Ministries of Health in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Her experience spans the field from supporting CHW support and integration in the community system, to optimizing health worker performance at the facility, to supporting national HRH planning and policy-development in the Ministry of Health. Foster has also worked with the United States Department of State and other government agencies through the Institute of International Education to strengthen governance systems in Georgia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.

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Diana Frymus, Health Systems Strengthening Advisor, Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID

Diana Frymus is a Health Systems Strengthening Advisor in the Office of HIV/AIDS, USAID Washington, DC. Her work focuses on strengthening health systems to achieve and sustain national HIV responses. Her area of expertise is human resources for health and puts particular focus on better integration of CHWs into national health systems and health worker agendas. She was a member of the Steering Committee for the USG Evidence Summit on Community and Formal Health System Support to Enhance CHW Performance. She is also a technical advisor for both the USAID CapacityPlus and ASSIST projects. Diana has previous experience with the Clinton Global Initiative and also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda. She received her MPH from Columbia University.

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Dan Irvine, MSc, Operations and Resource Development Director, World Vision Global Health Centre

Dan Irvine has worked as Operations Director for the World Vision International Health department since 2007, during which time he has emphasized CHW support as the core methodology for achieving WVI's strategic MCHN objectives. Previously he directed the World Vision US grant acquisition and management department, and before that spent 15 years in Africa working primarily in the agriculture sector. Dan holds a MSc. in Peace Operations (George Mason University), a BSc. in Community Psychology (Nova Southeastern), and a certificate in Agriculture Extension (University of South Carolina).

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Achille Kaboré, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor for Community Health and Civil Society Engagement, CORE Group

Achille Kaboré has over 17 years of experience in the field of public health. Prior to joining the CORE GROUP, Achille worked for RTI International and then for IntraHealth. Achille has expertise in neglected tropical diseases, malaria and community health. He has worked as a clinician and chief medical officer in Burkina Faso. He has worked as maternal and child health technical advisor in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Rwanda. Achille holds a medical doctor diploma from the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans (USA).

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Dyness Kasungami, Senior Child Health Advisor, John Snow Inc.

Dyness Kasungami is a senior child health advisor for John Snow Inc. under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Health Program (MCHIP), a USAID flagship maternal and child health project. She joined MCHIP in 2010. Dyness also has experience in managing a district health system and designing and managing maternal and child health, family planning, and HIV and AIDS programs. Working with Faith Based Organizations, she has mobilized communities and trained and supported networks of volunteer community health workers to deliver health services to underserved populations. Dyness' career has included working for the government in her home country, Zambia and for both, USAID and DFID. She is a physician with public health training from the University of Zambia and Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Lani Marquez, MHSc, Knowledge Management Director, ASSIST Project, University Research Co., LLC

Lani Marquez, MHSc, is the Knowledge Management Director for the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project at University Research Co., LLC. A health management and evaluation specialist, Lani has worked for over 30 years in international health programs, where much of her work has focused on strengthening the performance of facility-based and community-based health workers in low- and middle-income countries through improvement methods. For the past eight years, she has led URC’s efforts to apply knowledge management concepts and techniques to strengthen QI program efficiency and impact.

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Lily Olson, Partnerships Manager for the Americas, Dimagi

Lily is a Partnerships Manager for the Americas based in Dimagi’s Boston office. She joins the Boston team after three years working for Dimagi in India where her main focus was a large scale project for the Government of India aimed at equipping 90,000 village-level workers with CommCare mobile applications. Lily studied Anthropology and Economics at George Washington University and before moving to Delhi with Dimagi, spent a year in rural Ecuador, and another doing Monitoring and Evaluation work with a grass-roots public health nonprofit in Calcutta called Calcutta Kids. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Daniel Palazuelos, MD, MPH, Director, Partners In Health Community Health Worker Quality Improvement Task Force

Daniel Palazuelos, MD, MPH is a global health implementor-educator who holds positions at Harvard Medical School, the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Partners In Health (PIH). These include: clinical work as an attending physician with the BWH hospitalist in-patient service; graduate medical education support as the assistant director of the Global Health Equity residency at BWH; clinical and research leadership as the chief strategist for PIH-Mexico; accompaniment of CHW projects across all PIH sites through a quality improvement task force that hosts summits, authors papers, and represents PIH at national and international meetings.

For years, he worked to create the strategy for, and successfully launch, the PIH project in Mexico, Compañeros en Salud-Mexico. It is envisioned not only as a service provider for local people in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chiapas, but also as a platform for both U.S. and Mexican medical trainees to learn about global health and to conduct implementation research. In addition to an emphasis on extensive preparation and on-site mentorship, this program offers collaborators the capacity to support intensive and logistically complex research efforts.

Henry B. Perry, III, MD, PhD, MPH, Senior Associate, Department of International Health, Bloomberg, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Henry Perry is a Senior Associate in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He joined Hopkins in 2009; his career prior to that has included stints working with Future Generations, Curamericas Global, ICDDR,B, the BASICS Project in Bangladesh, and Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. His work has taken him to many countries, including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Haiti, Afghanistan, Tibet (China), Arunachal Pradesh (India), and Peru. Dr. Perry has a formal background in medicine (including general surgery), public health, sociology and anthropology; he conducts research on community-based primary health care.

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Tanvi Pandit, Senior Strategy Lead, John Snow Inc.

Tanvi started with JSI in 2014 as a Senior Strategy Lead where she focuses on community health systems and market-based approaches to increase access to health services. She is certified as a Leadership Coach from Georgetown University and holds a B.S. in Nutrition and a Masters of Public Health. Over the past 15 years and prior to joining JSI, Tanvi held various technical and management positions on various USAID and CDC projects and initiatives. Her specialties include program design and management, policy, commodity security, and private sector. She considers herself a “systems thinker.”

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Emma Sacks, PhD, Faculty Associate, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Emma Sacks is a Faculty Associate in the Program on Health Systems in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is the liaison between the Technical Working Group on Supporting and Strengthening the Role of Community Health Workers of Health Systems Global and CHW Central. Her research focuses on the intersection of newborn health and HIV and the role that families and community health workers play in obstetric and infant care in resource-limited settings. She has also has a keen interest in strengthening health systems in conflict- and disaster- afflicted states and developing methods for supporting both formal and informal providers during crises. Dr. Sacks has been involved in a research study analyzing a database of 50 years worth of community-based primary health care programs and an assessment of the use of mHealth technologies for community health nurses. She has worked on maternal and child health issues in Zambia, Uganda, Ghana, Bangladesh, Honduras, Mexico, and Haiti and has worked as a consultant for a number of organizations, including APHA, Save the Children, John Snow Inc., IDRC, and UNICEF.

 

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