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Integrated and multi-sectoral approaches that address the most critical health challenges

Healthy populations who have access to high-quality health services lead longer and more productive lives, resulting in stronger and more financially secure families, communities, and countries. To maximize its health impact, Chemonics takes an integrated, multi-sectoral approach to strengthening health systems. We work with national and local governments, local NGOs, and the private sector. With the ultimate goal of making sustainable improvements to the health sector, we focus on building in-country leadership capacity, strengthening organizations, and promoting policies and innovative financing solutions that enable the health sector to meet the needs of its clients. 

At this year’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, which runs November 15-19 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Chemonics will showcase select integrated approaches and share project accomplishments. Visit our poster session on Chemonics’ innovative HIV/AIDS work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo 2:30 – 4 p.m. on Monday, November 17, and check out our panel with APHA governing councilor Oscar Cordon 4:30 – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18. We’ll also be at Booth 821 throughout the week, so make sure to stop by and learn more about the work we do around the world! 

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    Andrea PolingAndrea Poling is a public health and project management specialist with six years experience implementing USAID-funded health projects around the world. She recently returned to Chemonics’ home office from the $57 million Bangladesh Smiling Sun Franchise Program (SSFP) where she served first as the health operations management specialist before stepping into the chief of party role. As chief of party, Ms. Poling was responsible for implementing a health services social franchise that has expanded access and availability of quality child, maternal, and family planning health services. Working through a network of 27 NGOs with 327 static clinics, over 8,000 satellite spots and a vast network of community health workers, over the life of the 5-year project, SSFP performed 99,512 deliveries with a skilled birth attendant, held 5.9 million ANC visits, immunized 40 million children, and provided 199.6 million service contacts – of these 27.78 percent were to the poor. Prior to her work on SSFP, Ms. Poling supported a TB project in the Philippines, an HIV/AIDS prevention project in Vietnam. She holds a B.A. in French and international development and an M.P.A. focused in health services management from the Ohio State University. Read more

    Oscar CordonDr. Oscar Cordon is currently a director in the Health Practice of Chemonics, and has worked on health programs in a variety of contexts. These programs target nutrition, food security, maternal and neonatal health, family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculousis. A medical doctor with nearly three decades experience, Dr. Cordon has implemented long-term projects in Guatemala, Afghanistan, Zambia, and Peru. He has also worked on shorter technical assignments in 15 countries in Africa and Latin America. Prior to working at Chemonics, he worked for Jhpiego for ten years. Dr. Cordon has a medical degree and a Master's in Education from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, as well as a Master's in Public Health from University of Puerto Rico. Read more


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