• Data Manager, Global WACh
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Alex is a Data Manager for the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). Alex joined the Department of Global Health in 2020 after completing her Masters of Public Administration with a focus on Analysis and Evaluation. Prior to graduate school, Alex worked for five years at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation as an analyst and project manager for the evaluation of the Salud Mesoamerica Initiative.

With Global WACh, she spends time merging, appending, adjusting, and performing sleuth work on complex datasets for the DeWorm3 project, a large-scale cluster-randomized trial assessing community-wide mass drug administration to interrupt soil-transmitted helminth infection in Benin, India and Malawi. She enjoys problem-solving, applied statistics, and learning new words on the job (like “aliquot”).

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Kamath AM, Schaefer A, Palmisano EB, et al. Access and use of oxytocin for postpartum haemorrhage prevention: a pre-post study targeting the poorest in six Mesoamerican countries. BMJ Open. 2020 Mar 16. Rios-Zertuche D, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Palmisano E, Hernández B, Schaefer A, Johanns CK, et al. Methods to measure quality of care and quality indicators through health facility surveys in low- and middle-income countries. Int J Qual Health Care. 2019 Apr 1. McNellan CR, Dansereau E, Wallace MCG, Colombara DV, Palmisano EB, Johanns CK, et al. Antenatal care as a means to increase participation in the continuum of maternal and child healthcare: an analysis of the poorest regions of four Mesoamérican countries. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2019 Feb 12. El Bcheraoui C, Kamath AM, Dansereau E, Palmisano EB, Schaefer A, Hernandez B, et al. Results-based aid with lasting effects: sustainability in the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative. Globalization and Health. 2018 Oct 16. Duber HC, Hartford EA, Schaefer A, Johanns CK, Colombara DV, Iriarte E, et al. Appropriate and timely antibiotic administration for neonatal sepsis in Mesoamérica. BMJ Global Health. 2018 May 1. Mokdad AH, Palmisano EB, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Ríos-Zertuche D, Johanns CK, Schaefer A, et al. Supply-side interventions to improve health: Findings from the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative. PLOS ONE. 2018 Apr 16. El Bcheraoui C, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Ríos-Zertuche D, Palmisano EB, McNellan CR, Desai SS, et al. Health system strategies to increase HIV screening among pregnant women in Mesoamerica. Population Health Metrics. 2018 Mar 20. Bcheraoui CE, Palmisano EB, Dansereau E, Schaefer A, Woldeab A, Moradi-Lakeh M, et al. Healthy competition drives success in results-based aid: Lessons from the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative. PLOS ONE. 2017 Oct 27. Dansereau E, Schaefer A, Hernández B, Nelson J, Palmisano E, Ríos-Zertuche D, et al. Perceptions of and barriers to family planning services in the poorest regions of Chiapas, Mexico: a qualitative study of men, women, and adolescents. Reproductive Health. 2017 Oct 17. Hernandez B, Colombara DV, Gagnier MC, Desai SS, Haakenstad A, Johanns C, et al. Barriers and facilitators for institutional delivery among poor Mesoamerican women: a cross-sectional study. Health Policy Plan. 2017 Jul 1. McNellan CR, Dansereau E, Colombara D, Palmisano E, Wallace M, Johanns C, et al. Uptake of Antenatal Care, and its Relationship with Participation in Health Services and Behaviors: An Analysis of the Poorest Regions of Four Mesoamerican Countries. Annals of Global Health. 2017 Jan 1. Dansereau E, McNellan CR, Gagnier MC, Desai SS, Haakenstad A, Johanns CK, et al. Coverage and timing of antenatal care among poor women in 6 Mesoamerican countries. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2016 Aug 19. Colombara DV, Hernández B, Schaefer A, Zyznieuski N, Bryant MF, Desai SS, et al. Institutional Delivery and Satisfaction among Indigenous and Poor Women in Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. PLOS ONE. 2016 Apr 27. Colombara DV, Hernández B, McNellan CR, Desai SS, Gagnier MC, Haakenstad A, et al. Diarrhea Prevalence, Care, and Risk Factors Among Poor Children Under 5 Years of Age in Mesoamerica. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 Mar 2. Mokdad AH, Gagnier MC, Colson KE, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Ríos-Zertuche D, Haakenstad A, et al. Health and wealth in Mesoamerica: findings from Salud Mesomérica 2015. BMC Medicine. 2015 Dec. Mokdad AH, Colson KE, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Ríos-Zertuche D, Palmisano EB, Alfaro-Porras E, et al. Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative: design, implementation, and baseline findings. Population Health Metrics. 2015 Dec. Colombara DV, Hernández B, Gagnier MC, Johanns C, Desai SS, Haakenstad A, et al. Breastfeeding Practices among Poor Women in Mesoamerica. J Nutr. 2015 Jul 1.