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.
Professor Joseph Ana is Lead Senior Fellow and Consultant at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety at HRI West Africa in Calabar, Nigeria. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA Working Group on community health workers. Joseph was driven by his interest in strengthening health systems for quality care improvement to leave a lucrative medical practice in the UK and return to Nigeria to take up post as Commissioner for Health in Cross River State. As Commissioner, he led the designing and pilot of the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance Programme in Nigeria.
Professor Ana is the Country Coordinator of Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) Nigeria Programme for Primary Health Care, and a member of the Statutory National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of both the NMA National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012 and the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act 2014. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the British Medical Journal to West Africa in 1995.
Donna Bjerregaard was a Senior Technical Advisor at Initiatives Inc. for 20 years, providing support to civil society organizations, community groups, governments and international organizations. She managed CHW Central from its inception in 2011 until her retirement in 2018; the development of the site to date is a result of her outstanding stewardship.
Donna has extensive experience in curriculum design, quality improvement, community health worker assessment tools, organizational and program capacity development and training and community health promotion. She has authored training manuals, handbooks and position papers. During her long career in public health development, Donna lived and worked in India, Nigeria, and Jordan and provided technical assistance in Africa, Asia and South America. Donna is excited to stay connected to the CHW Central community as a TAG member.
Seth Doyle is the Manager of the Community Health Improvement Program at the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association (NWRPCA) In this role, he 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.
Durrell J. Fox is a Community Health Worker (CHW) with over 27 years of experience providing outreach, direct services, case management support and advocacy for HIV+ adolescents/young adults, their families and communities. He is currently a Community Health Worker-Health Equity Consultant at JSI and recently served as a Technical Advisor for the MA Department of Public Health’s Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF) which employs over 70 CHWs across the state. He is a proud member of the CHW workforce continuing to serve in a volunteer CHW role coordinating and staffing a young men’s rites of passage program in Boston for young men.
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 is the Operations and Resource Development Director at World Vision International, where he has emphasized CHW support as the core methodology for achieving WVI’s strategic MCHN objectives since 2007. 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).
Achille Kaboré, currently the Senior Advisor for Community Health and Civil Society Engagement with CORE Group, 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).
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.
Jodi Lis is the Senior Advisor, Transformative Learning in the Center for Technical Excellence at IntraHealth. She has over twenty years experience designing and implementing digital learning interventions in workforce development, pre-service education and capacity-building initiatives for health and education sectors throughout Africa. Previously she worked at Jhpiego providing technical leadership on integrating digital learning in midwifery and community nursing schools and health workforce, in FHI360 managing technology interventions in education programs, and with a local organization in The Gambia directing programs on the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in education. She has a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Lizah Masis, Country Investment & Knowledge Director, Financing Alliance for Health.
As the Country Investment and Knowledge Director for the Financing Alliance for Health, Lizah engages with a spectrum of stakeholders including governments as primary clients, major NGOs, global funders, banks, and private investors to design, develop and implement financing solutions to address health sector investment gaps in developing countries. She believes closing the health sector investment gap is critical in ensuring access to health for everyone.
Lizah previously worked in Wells Fargo’s Financial Institutions Group as a Relationship Manager responsible for complex bank clients. Most recently, Lizah served as the Business Development and Finance lead for the internationally renowned London School of Economics (LSE) Africa Summit, a dynamic platform for a robust conversation on issues impacting the African continent.
Lizah holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Swarthmore College (USA) and an MSc in Health Economics & Policy from the London School of Economics (UK). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, volunteering, and discovering African authors.
Lily Olsen is a Partnerships Manager for the Americas based in Dimagi’s Boston office. She joined 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.
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) including: 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, Dan worked to create the strategy for, and successfully launch, of the PIH project in Mexico, Compañeros en Salud-Mexico, which is not only a service provider for local people in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chiapas, but also a platform for 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 Perry, III, MD, PhD, MPH 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.
Tanvi Pandit has been a Senior Strategy Lead at JSI since 2014 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.”
Emma Sacks, PhD, 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.