Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
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Public health professional with 20+ years experience (9 with an international focus) designing, overseeing and evaluating programs related to women's health, maternal health and women's empowerment.

  • Ability to develop strong, productive partnerships domestically and internationally
  • Extensive experience collaborating with stakeholders at all levels in Africa, from front-line health workers to governmental officials
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and oversee women's health initiatives in Africa
  • Well-versed in the opportunities and challenges associated with developing, executing and evaluating community-based programs in Africa
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Belief in and commitment to collaboration, especially when working on complex issues
  • Expertise in monitoring and evaluation to inform policy and program development
  • Experience overseeing the establishment of women's solidarity groups in Kenya
  • Wholehearted belief in the power of women's empowerment initiatives to profoundly change lives and communities  
Director of International Programs, 09/2009 to 05/2018
River's Bend Health ServicesMilwaukee, WI,
  • Solicited and reviewed proposals, managed grants and multi-year partnerships with organizations and facilities working on treatment and/or prevention of obstetric fistula in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Niger, Uganda and Kenya.
  • Developed and implemented (in partnership with Kenyan colleagues), and oversaw a groundbreaking holistic fistula initiative that has served as a model program throughout Kenya and in other countries. Phase 1 involved training and empowering fistula survivors as educators and advocates for fistula care in their own communities, provision of surgical treatment, and reintegration support for women when returning home. From 2011-15, our team carried out 4.009 education sessions in rural communities through Western Kenya reaching over 275,000 people with information about fistula and the availability of free treatment. During this time, over 1,000 women received life-transforming surgical treatment. In Phase 2, solidarity groups for fistula survivors were established to create opportunities for women to improve their own lives and use their unique experience and voice to educate their communities about safe childbirth. Data were collected to monitor all aspects of this initiative.
  • Through speaking and writing, educated donors and partners about fistula, safe childbirth, and the complex array of interventions required to effectively address these issues in developing countries.
  • Worked with foundations and individual donors to grow support for programs.
  • Contributed to the international collaborative work to develop policies and best practices around fistula care, including as a participant in the International Working Group to End Obstetric Fistula.
Interim Executive Director, 06/2014 to 06/2016
Elitechgroup, Inc.Bothell, WA,
  • Hired and supervised small staff.
  • Developed and managed organizational budgets.
  • Prepared monthly financial reports for the Board.
  • Prepared agenda and materials for monthly Board meetings.
  • Worked closely with Board to carry out strategic planning process in order to clarify the organization's strategic direction and programmatic priorities.
Research Associate, 05/1984 to 05/1998
Loyola University Of Chicago IncChicago, IL,
  • Supported the development of evidence-based policies and practices by reviewing and summarizing epidemiological literature related to numerous health issues.
  • Principle Investigator for an epidemiological study of the relationship between psychosocial stress and pre-term birth.
  • Co-Investigator for the evaluation of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation's Community Health Promotion Grants Program. Evaluated effectiveness of community programs across multiple states in changing health-related norms and behaviors related to substance abuse, adolescent pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, cancer and injuries.
  • Measurement Specialist for the Minority Youth Health Project, an evaluation of a national multi-site community intervention project aimed at reducing youth violence, adolescent pregnancy, STDs and substance abuse.
  • Project Coordinator for the Women's Health Trial, a national multi-center RCT testing the efficacy of dietary fat reduction in the prevention of breast cancer among high-risk women.
Research Assistant, 01/1982 to 06/1983
Yale Perinatal Epidemiology UnitCity, STATE,
  • Coordinated data collection activities for a prospective study of risk factors in pregnancy.
  • Cleaned and analyzed data.
Education and Training
Ph.D.: Epidemiology, Expected in 2000
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
MPH: Public Health, Expected in 1983
Yale University - New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Arts: Cultural Anthropology, Expected in 1978
University of California, Santa Cruz - Santa Cruz, CA

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