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Katherine Kalaris

Katherine Kalaris

Katherine Kalaris

DPhil Student of Evidence Based Health Care


MPH Population and Family Health, Columbia University 2013

BA Geography modified with Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College 2007

Previous Experience

Senior Manager, Global Maternal Neonatal Health, Clinton Health Access Initiative, 2019-2020

Consultant on Severe Malaria, Global Malaria, Clinton Health Access Initiative, 2019

Country Manager, DR Congo, Clinton Health Access Initiative, 2016-2019

Supply Chain Consultant, Cameroon, UNFPA, 2015

Program Manager, Family Planning, Cameroon, Clinton Health Access Initiative, 2013-2015

Community Health Volunteer, Burkina Faso, Peace Corps, 2007-2009


Realist evaluation of networks in LMIC health systems

My thesis focuses on how networks are formed, function, and perform to help solve problems of poor service delivery and quality of care in LMIC health systems. The first phase was a scoping review to develop an understanding of different types of networks and the purposes for which they are used in LMIC health systems. This was followed by a realist review which developed a programme theory explaining how and why networks in LMIC health systems are initiated, form, and function in a way that sets them up to change practices. A realist evaluation to test the programme theory on NEST in Kenya and identify best practices to inform future implementation of networks is ongoing. 

Katherine introduces her DPhil Thesis: Understanding how and why networks improve and provide high-quality healthcare and services in LMIC health systems