• Affiliate Assistant Professor, Global Health

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Dr. Ortblad is an implementation scientist who studies ways to improve equity in health access by using differentiated models of HIV service delivery in high prevalence setting. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Public Health Sciences Division and an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Global Health. Most of her research focuses on designing and testing, in collaboration with her Kenyan research colleagues, innovative models for community-based HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) delivery. She is currently the Principal Investigator of several studies that explore the acceptability, feasibility, and effectiveness of delivering PrEP at retail pharmacies in Kenya, including both brick-and-mortar and online pharmacies. Her research uses diverse methods across the fields of epidemiology, economics, public policy, psychology, and implementation science.

  • ScD (Harvard T.H. Chan)
  • MPH (University of Washington)
  • BA (Dartmouth College)
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Health Topics 
  • Business and Public Private Partnerships
  • Differentiated Models of Service Delivery
  • HIV Prevention
  • Implementation Science
  • Randomized Trials

Ortblad KF, Kibukka Musoke D, Ngabirano T, Nakitende A, Magoola J, Kayiira P, Taasi G, Barresi L, Haberer J, McConnell M, Oldenburg C, Bärnighausen T. Direct provision versus facility collection of HIV self-tests among female sex workers in Uganda: A cluster-randomized controlled health systems trial. PLOS Medicine. 2017;14(11):e1002458. [original work]. PMCID: 5705079.

Chanda M, Ortblad KF, Mwanda K, Nicodemus W, Sikaundi R, Fullem A, Harling G, Bärnighausen T, Oldenburg C. HIV self-testing among female sex workers in Zambia: A cluster randomized controlled trial. PLOS Medicine. 2017;14(11):e1002442. [original work]. PMCID: 5697803.

Ortblad KF, Kibuuka Musoke D, Ngabirano T, Nakidende A, Haberer J, McConnell M, Salomon J, Oldenburg C, Bärnighausen T. Is knowledge of HIV status knowledge associated with sexual behaviors? A fixed effects analysis of a female sex worker cohort in urban Uganda. J Int AIDS Soc. 2019;22(7):e26336. [original work]. PMCID: 6615530.

Ortblad KF, Salomon J, Bärnighausen T, Atun R. Stopping tuberculosis: a biosocial model for sustainable development. Lancet. 2015;386:2354-2362. [original work]. PMCID: 6349425.

Murray CJL, Ortblad KF, Guinovat C, Lim SS, Wolock TM, Roberts DA, et al. Global, regional, and national incidence and mortality for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria during 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Lancet. 2014;384:1005-1070. [original work]. PMCID: 4202387.