Carter Center – Public Health Training Initiative

About this Project

The Carter Center’s Public Health Training Initiative in Sudan and Nigeria aims to strengthen sustainable health science educational capacity in collaboration with the federal ministries of health to scale up the training and deployment of frontline health workers. The ultimate goal is that by strengthening the health workforce development and optimizing the deployment of these workers, maternal and child health outcomes will improve in communities throughout Nigeria and Sudan.

The World Health Organization estimates that in sub-Saharan Africa, there is a substantial health workforce crisis, where local communities face a significant shortage of physicians, midwives, nurses, and support workers. The impact of this workforce shortage can be seen in high rates of maternal and child mortality.

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) is working with the Carter Center to develop theoretical program frameworks, a monitoring and evaluation framework, and processes that will enable ongoing learning and assessment of the initiative’s effectiveness in Nigeria and Sudan. Importantly, GHPC will also work to develop local monitoring and evaluation capacity.

Meet the Researchers

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Chris Parker

Director of Global and Population Health
chrisparker@gsu.edu
Education

M.P.H., Emory University
B.Sc., M.B.B.S., University of the West Indies, Mona

Biography

Chris Parker is the director of global and population health at the Georgia Health Policy Center. He holds a leadership role in many of the center’s projects related to public health and program evaluation. His areas of expertise include strategic planning and evaluation, with a particular interest in projects that link population health and health… more »

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Ann DiGirolamo

Research Associate Professor, Director of Behavioral Health
adigirolamo@gsu.edu
Education

Ph.D., Indiana University
M.P.H., Emory University
B.A., Emory University

Biography

Ann DiGirolamo is the director of behavioral health at the Georgia Health Policy Center and director of the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. DiGirolamo provides expertise in research, evaluation, workforce development, and policy related to child… more »

Portraits

Alyssa Lowe

Senior Research Associate
alowe21@gsu.edu
Education

M.P.H., Emory University
B.A., Bennington College

Biography

Alyssa Lowe is a senior research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center supporting the center’s work in population and global health. Her areas of expertise are in technical support and training; research design, coordination and implementation; and international program develop and management.

Lowe’s current projects include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-sponsored more »

Colleen Smith

Colleen Smith

Research Associate II
csmith270@gsu.edu
Education

M.S.W., Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., University of Dayton, Ohio

Biography

Colleen Smith is a research associate II at the Georgia Health Policy Center and supports research and evaluation efforts within the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health. Her areas of expertise are in monitoring and evaluation, specifically within the fields of maternal and child health and community development. She also has experience in… more »