Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Jennifer is a perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist and lactation consultant whose research and applied work documents and addresses social and structural determinants of health, particularly in relation to lactation and breastfeeding practices, maternal and child health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases, gender, equity, health systems and service delivery, in the U.S. and globally. For more than 20 years she has designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated public health programs.

Jennifer has authored many articles and technical publications on global health issues, including health and nutrition equity in low- and middle-income countries, and several quantitative and qualitative studies on reproductive health, including women’s experiences with lactation and social and environmental influences on breastfeeding. She is a Research Scientist in the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and also holds an adjunct position in the Maternal and Child Health Department in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Jennifer serves as an Academic Editor for child health at PLoS One.

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