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Professor Sheila Leatherman

Low and Middle Income Countries

Sheila is a Research Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina. She conducts research and policy analysis internationally focusing on improving health outcomes, health reform, and methodologies for improving quality and evaluating the performance of health systems. .

For over a decade from the late 1990s Sheila worked in the U.K. as an independent evaluator of the impact on quality of care in the NHS of the Governments’ reforms. In the US, she has authored a series of books on quality of health care; general  child and adolescent health. She has recently coauthored the first Canadian national report on quality, commissioned by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Increasingly her work is focused on a nascent field of designing and testing strategies for integrating microfinance and community health interventions in low-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Sheila was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002 as a member of the Institute of Medicine and made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2007 Sheila was awarded the honour of Commander of the British Empire.

Sheila lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA