• Acting Assistant Professor, Global Health

, WA
United States

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Dr. Ortblad is a population health scientist whose research focuses on delivery models for HIV prevention interventions that operate outside healthcare facilities. She is currently an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Her research projects include a randomized trial that explores the use of HIV self-testing (HIVST) to decrease the number of PrEP clinic visits and a study to design and test a model for PrEP delivery that has never been tried in an African setting: pharmacy-based PrEP delivery (both in Kenya). She was recently awarded a NIMH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award to develop and test a peer PrEP referral + HIV self-test delivery model to increase PrEP uptake and continuation among young Kenyan women at HIV risk. Dr. Ortblad completed her doctoral training at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and her masters in public health training at the UW. She was a former post-bachelor fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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Health Topics 
  • HIV Transmission
  • Implementation Science
  • Male Circumcision
  • Prevention
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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.