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

CHW Central is grateful to have 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.
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.
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).
Troy Jacobs, MD, MPH, Pediatric HIV/AIDS Advisor, USAID
Troy Jacobs is Senior Advisor for Child Health & Pediatric HIV/AIDS in the MCH Division at USAID’s Global Health Bureau. He has over 18 years’ experience in quality improvement, health systems strengthening and capacity building related to MCH and immunizations in developing countries and the US, particularly at the community and primary health level. His global work for USAID, CDC, and others includes work in over a dozen countries, mostly concentrated in east and southern Africa. As a practicing pediatrician, he continues improving the health of poor and vulnerable children globally and locally and advocates for the role of community health workers as a vital part of the health system. Dr. Jacobs received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, pediatric training and Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship from University of Washington, and an MPH from Columbia University.

Christina Jeffrey, MPH, Dimagi
Christina Jeffrey is the Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships at Dimagi, where she oversees Dimagi's work in North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In this role, she manages project implementations, business development and new market strategy. Christina has a diverse background in developing population health management programs, health program management consulting and strategic communications for healthcare. Before joining Dimagi, Christina was a Senior Clinical Integration Consultant for Synthesis Health Systems. She holds a Master of Public Health from Northeastern University and an undergraduate degree in Statistics & Research Methods/Psychology from Rollins College.

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.

Jeanne Koepsell, CCM Advisor and mHealth point person, Save the Children
Jeanne Koepsell, MS, is Save the Children’s CCM Advisor and point person for mHealth. She is currently providing technical oversight for child health programs in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and recently led a review of SC’s CCM programs. Jeanne has 20+ years of experience in training; program design, development and management; M&E; community-based information systems; survey design and implementation; and BCC. She was instrumental in designing Save the Children’s mHealth strategy, and has provided technical support for SC’s mHealth programs. Jeanne is on the advisory board of the mHealth Working Group, and is a member of the CCM Task Force, mHealth Alliance and mPowering Frontline Health Worker’s Research and Evaluation Task Force.  She worked with the task force that designed the global track for the 2012 mHealth Summit, and is currently working with the steering committee that is designing the mHealth Guide for Newborn Health. Jeanne lived and worked in Latin America and Africa for over 15 years, and is now based in SC’s Washington office.

Rebecca Kohler, MPH, Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Development, IntraHealth International
Rebecca Kohler serves as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Development for IntraHealth International. She provides vision and leadership for the successful execution of IntraHealth’s multi-year organizational strategy, including formulation of strategic alliances and achievement of revenue goals. Over a 25-year career devoted to fostering solutions to health care challenges, Kohler has held key leadership, management, technical, and advisory positions in the field and in the US. A seasoned public health practitioner, Kohler has hands-on experience working on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, safe motherhood, and child survival programs in more than 20 countries across several continents, including long-term, resident assignments in Tanzania, Kenya, Eritrea and Armenia. Kohler holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelors of Science from Duke University.


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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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.

Jérôme Pfaffmann, Health Specialist, UNICEF
​Jérôme has recently joined UNICEF New York as a Health Specialist with our Child Health Unit. In this capacity, he focuses on community-based child health programs (including integrated community case management and Community Health Worker programs). Over the past 15 years, he has worked with UNICEF in Nigeria and in its West and Central Africa Regional office as a Health Systems Specialist, and with International NGOs as a medical coordinator and programme manager in Europe, Africa and in the Caribbean. 

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.”

David Potenziani, Senior Informatics Advisor, IntraHealth
David D. Potenziani is currently Senior Informatics Advisor at IntraHealth International, bringing robust domestic and international expertise in strategic leadership and informatics in global public health. Previously, he was Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness at the University of North Carolina. Before that, he was Senior Associate Dean at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and has served as its Director of Information Technology. He has served as an advisor to the American Public Health Association’s Health Informatics Information Technology special interest group and has served on and chaired the Association of Schools of Public Health Learning Futures Council. Potenziani holds a faculty appointment in Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

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.

David S. Shanklin, MS, Community Health and Civil Society Advisor, CORE Group

Mr. Shanklin has over twenty years of experience in community-based health programming. Currently, he serves as the Community Health and Civil Society Advisor to the CORE Group, where he works closely with the USAID funded Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), of which CORE Group is a partner organization. His specialties include maternal, neonatal and child health and nutrition, mortality impact assessment, and health program monitoring and evaluation. He has extensive experience with community-based health programs implemented utilizing local cadres of health workers, including CHWs. He has fluency in Spanish and English.



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