Judith Robb-McCord has more than twenty years of management and leadership experience in international public health. She has designed and managed health programs for USAID in Kenya, Eritrea, Côte d’Ivoire and Ethiopia. Her work has predominantly focused on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; and infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and malaria. Judith was the Director of USAID/Washington’s global Maternal & Neonatal Health Program for three years, and led the startup of the Bill & Melinda Gates funded Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership Learning Community (MACEPA—LC) in southern Africa. She was also a senior technical advisor in the PEPFAR Country Coordination office at the United States Embassy in Zambia. Prior to joining PCI as the Director of Every Preemie—SCALE Judith worked with a range of partners including Saving Newborn Lives, Jhpiego, and FHI360 as a senior health development consultant. She received her Masters in African Area Studies and Masters in Public Health from UCLA.
Rebecca Freeman has more than twelve years of professional experience working in global health and development, including four years of field-based work in Kenya and Tanzania. Rebecca began working with PCI in 2010 as an Operations Officer and joined the Every Preemie—SCALE team in 2014 as a Senior Operations Officer. Prior to joining PCI, Rebecca worked in various capacities with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Tanzania and Aga Khan Foundation in Washington, DC and Kenya. She received her Master of Public Policy in Community and Economic Development with Minors in Public Health and Population Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Chelsea Dunning has over ten years of experience providing programmatic, operational, and administrative support, including over five years of experience in international health and development. She joined PCI in 2012 as a program coordinator, focused primarily on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, before joining the Every Preemie—SCALE team in 2014. She received a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning with a specialization in developing countries from Florida State University, and has field experience in India researching caste-based discrimination in access to water in rural Rajasthan, and with Every Preemie—SCALE in Ethiopia and Malawi.
Jim LitchTechnical Lead for Evidence and Knowledge Sharing, Every Preemie—SCALE
Director, Perinatal Interventions Program, GAPPS, Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology/Global Health, University of Washington
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Dr. Jim Litch MD, DTMH
Dr. Jim Litch MD, DTMH is director of the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) Perinatal Interventions Program (PIP), evidence, learning and research lead for the USAID-funded Every Preemie—SCALE program, and clinical assistant professor, Department of Global Health and Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Litch focuses on strategic planning, continuous performance improvement, critical assessments, and pragmatic innovation that create sustainable integrated solutions to bottlenecks in the global effort to reduce preventable maternal, fetal, and newborn mortality and morbidity. This includes translation, implementation, and evaluation of essential clinical interventions and appropriate technology approaches to low resource settings that strengthen health systems and improve the health of communities and families. Dr. Litch’s work in global health began nearly 25 years ago and has lived and worked in a number of settings in Asia and Africa. This includes 6 years in Nepal and India where his efforts ranged from a front-line physician, and then director of a rural hospital and clinic system integrated with a comprehensive community health program, to senior advisor to the Family Health Division of the Nepal Ministry of Health. He has held positions with PATH, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), University of Washington, and Johns Hopkins University/JHPIEGO. Dr. Litch serves on several interagency working groups and advisory groups, and convenes the PTB/LBW Global Technical Working Group on Implementation Challenges and Solutions.
Patrice White has over three decades of experience as a nurse midwife working in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health care. She has extensive experience in both pre-service education and in-service training and has been involved in adult education in many settings, from community based training of TBAs to university master’s level education of nurse midwives. Throughout her career, she has developed and revised a myriad of curricula, training materials, and clinical tools for nurse midwives and other health professionals and is highly skilled in the areas of clinical training and learning, leadership development, program management, service delivery and performance improvement/quality assurance. She has planned, managed, and evaluated multiple reproductive, safe motherhood and primary health care programs, worked with diverse stakeholders to develop national standards and policies, and built the capacity of health care providers and organizations in both the public and private sectors in many counties. She has 12 years of residential work experience in Somalia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Pakistan and short term experience working on projects in Iraq, Jordan, Kenya,. Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. She received her Masters in Parent Child Nursing/Midwifery from University of Colorado and her Doctorate in Public Health (International Population Family Health) from UCLA.
Elimase Kamanga holds a Master of Science Degree in Reproductive Health, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a University Certificate in Midwifery. She has over 13 years work experience at both managerial and technical positions in government and non-governmental organizations. Elimase was a Senior Technical Advisor for Newborn and Child Health with Save the Children in Malawi in Support for Service Delivery Integration (SSDI) Project. She also served as Zonal Technical Specialist for maternal, newborn, child health, family planning, nutrition, malaria and HIV in SSDI project. Major roles included providing technical support on implementation of high impact interventions on maternal, newborn and child health such as community and facility case management of childhood illnesses, kangaroo mother care, essential newborn care, Community Based Maternal and Newborn Care, helping mothers survive, emergency obstetric care among others. She is a Zonal and National level supervisor and mentor on MNH issues, and a trainer of trainers for a number of newborn, child and maternal health interventions (Integrated Maternal and Newborn Care, HBB, KMC, Integrated Management of Childhood illnesses, FP, Syndromic Management of Sexually Transmitted Infection, Care of the Caregivers and Palliative Care). She has participated in the development of various national policies, guidelines and standards of care. Elimase has served for over 8 years as a District Nursing Officer.
Erin Graeber is an international development professional with more than twelve years of non-profit experience in monitoring, evaluation, research, project management, program quality, and communications. Erin has monitoring and evaluation technical expertise in the areas of maternal and child health and nutrition; food and nutrition security; agriculture; natural resource management; disaster risk reduction; and economic strengthening. She also has three years of residential work experience in Malawi and Botswana, and has short term experience working on projects in Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania. Erin received a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, with a certificate in Sustainable Development.