• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health

4 Storch St.
P.O. Box 20752
Windhoek
Namibia

Email: 
mshepard@uw.edu
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Biography 

Mark Shepard has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of public health surveillance, management of surveillance data systems, infectious disease program management, and program monitoring and evaluation. He is currently working for I-TECH in Namibia as the Director of Strategic Information. He is dedicated to the public health practice environment and to development of appropriate program monitoring and public health surveillance systems to better measure trends in the cascade of HIV care and treatment in the country. Of particular interest, as Namibia moves forward with promoting e-governance, is devising strategies to improve data quality in electronic systems through promotion of the adoption of new HIS by the healthcare workforce, as well as promotion of the use of data by these personnel to improve quality of health service delivery. He currently participates on MoH TWGs where he works with various partners to improve upon new HIS solutions, increase their usefulness to the healthcare workforce, and thereby improve their integration into the workflows and routine reporting duties of healthcare workers.

Education 
  • DrPH (University of Texas (Houston))
  • MPH (Tulane University)
  • BA (Washington University)
Country Affiliations 
Languages 
  • French
  • German
  • Russian
Health Topics 
  • Health Information Systems
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Operations Research
  • Qualitative Research and Methods
  • Quality Improvement
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 
Publications 

MacLachlan EW, Potter K, Hamunime N, Shepard-Perry MG, Uusiku J, Simwanza R, et al. (2016) “We Are Now Free to Speak”: Qualitative Evaluation of an Education and Empowerment Training for HIV Patients in Namibia. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153042. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153042

Ellen W. Maclachlan, Mark G. Shepard-Perry, Paulina Ingo, James Uusiku, Ruusa Mushimba, Ricky Simwanza, Joseph Likoro, Laura J. Brandt, Katherine K. Thomas, Claude,Kasonka, Ndapewa Hamunime & Gabrielle O'Malley (2015): Evaluating the effectiveness of patient education and empowerment to improve patient–provider interactions in antiretroviral therapy clinics in Namibia, AIDS Care, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2015.1124975

O’Malley G, Beima-Sofie K, Feris L, Shepard-Perry M, Hamunime N, John-Stewart G, Kaindjee-Tjituka F, Brandt L, “‘If I take my medicine, I will be strong,’ Evaluation of an HIV disclosure program in Namibia.” JAIDS 2015; 68(1):e1-e7.