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Sara Riese, MPH, MA, PhD(c)

Research Advisor,
TRAction Project

Sara Riese has provided technical assistance and backstopping to URC projects since Dec 2010, and to TRAction research studies since March 2013. 

Sara Riese, MIA, MPH, PhD (candidate) has over 10 years of experience managing and implementing global health programs and research. In her current role as a Research Advisor for the TRAction (Translating Research in to Action) Project at URC, she provides technical support to research studies, monitors sub-awards, and reviews technical products in the areas of integrated community case management, performance-based financing, and task shifting. Prior to this role, she was a technical advisor to a number of URC projects, with a focus on maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, family planning, community care, and quality improvement. In addition to her work supporting program implementation, Ms. Riese also has experience in conducting research, having managed operations research to assess a quality improvement collaborative model to improve performance and retention of Community Health Workers in Benin, and supported protocol development for PMTCT implementation research in Uganda. Prior to coming to URC, Ms. Riese held positions as a PMTCT program officer, providing technical support for PMTCT scale-up, and as a technical advisor for Guinea Worm Eradication in the Upper West Region of Ghana. She has led or collaborated on a variety of knowledge management and dissemination efforts including social media, policy and program briefs, website content, international conferences, and publications. Over the course of her career she has collaborated with governments and private voluntary organizations, and all levels of healthcare providers, through work in several countries, including Malawi, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Uganda, and Senegal. Ms. Riese received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, her Masters’ in International Affairs and Masters’ in Public Health from Columbia University, and is currently a PhD candidate in Population, Reproductive, and Family Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a native English Speaker and proficient in French.  


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