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Integrated and multi-sectoral approaches that address the most critical health challenges
Healthy populations with 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 our health impact, Chemonics takes an integrated, multi-sectoral approach to strengthening health systems by working 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. 
 

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    Steve Hawkins​Steve Hawkins is a highly skilled program manager and supply chain expert with over 30 years of project management, oversight, and technical design experience, 20 of which has been overseeing or working on large, complex, multi-country USAID health projects. Mr. Hawkins is currently serving as the chief of party on the Kenya Pharma project, which established and currently operates a sustainable, ISO-9001 certified pharmaceutical supply chain management system that improves forecasting and planning commodity procurement needs, reduces costs, increases local resources for quality assurance, and ensures that supplies reach remote areas. Originally trained as a transportation engineer, rigorous academic training has provided Mr. Hawkins with powerful quantitative problem-solving tools while broad health program management experience has provided a systems-level appreciation for the role of the supply chain. Mr. Hawkins’ management skills were recognized within USAID in 2000 when selected as a “Project Management Exemplar” for both the design and delivery of the Global Health Bureau’s course on project management. He is widely recognized within USAID for clear and articulate presentations of complex issues such as USAID’s budget process and contractor cost structures, and was consulted within USAID on implementation of programs involving ADS 312 Restricted Commodity Procurement and Commodity Eligibility. Mr. Hawkins was the design- and management-team leader or co-leader on two of the largest central supply chain support mechanisms put in place by the Agency – FPLM/DELIVER and SCMS. He received his MEAd in Business Management from The George Washington University, and a BSCE from the University of Miami. Read more

    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

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