PhD Candidate
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

 

ABOUT ME

I study the coverage, costs, and quality of maternal and child healthcare services in low-resource settings. The goal of my research is to inform the design of policies and programs that improve access to high quality healthcare services among underserved populations. I am currently working on several projects on vaccination programs in low- and middle-income countries, with a focus on how to expand program coverage and equity. I am also working on several projects on healthcare provider behavior and decision-making, with an eye towards understanding how to improve provider adherence to evidence-based standards of care.

Education:

I am currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. My doctoral training has focused on health economics and quantitative research methods, including both econometric and epidemiologic methods. I hold a BA in Government from Cornell University and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge.


Prior positions: 

I previously worked on the Policy & Market Shaping team at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in Geneva, Switzerland. I managed a review and revision of Gavi's policies for the allocation and use of vaccine introduction grants and health system strengthening grants. Before joining Gavi, I worked on data collection and analysis for quantitative and qualitative evaluations of health and education programs as a Research Analyst at Laterite in Kigali, Rwanda.  I have also worked with Thinkwell Global, UNAIDS, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Clinton Foundation.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

BETTER ACCOUNTABILITY TO STOP ILL-TREATMENT (BASI!)

April 2019 - present

The goal of this study, led by Elysia Larson (Biostatistics Department, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health), is to evaluate the impact of provider report cards on patient experience during outpatient care for sick children in Tanzania through a cluster-randomized trial. As a member of the BASI! study team, I am working on (1) an analysis of provider beliefs about quality of care, and (2) an analysis of the relationship between provider job satisfaction and patient experience.

KNOW-DO GAPS IN THE INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF CHILDHOOD ILLNESS (IMCI)

June 2017 - present

The goal of this study is to measure gaps between provider knowledge and practice in outpatient care for sick children in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa. I am working on this study in collaboration with researchers at the World Bank and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

QUALITY OF CARE FOR POSTPARTUM HEMORRHAGE IN KENYA

June 2017 - present

In collaboration with researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Kenyan Medical and Education Trust (KMET), and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, I am evaluating the quality of care for postpartum hemorrhage in three large referral hospitals in Kenya. We have collected and are now analyzing data using direct observations of deliveries, interviews with healthcare providers, and health facility audits.

EPI COSTING AND FINANCING (EPIC) STUDY

November 2016 - present

The goal of this study is to evaluate the costs and effectiveness of interventions to improve immunization coverage in low- and middle-income countries. As part of the EPIC study team, I have worked on a systematic review and simulation study evaluating statistical methods used in healthcare costing studies, and a quasi-experimental evaluation of an immunization outreach program in India. This work is a collaboration with researchers at the Center for Health Decision Sciences at Harvard University and the George Institute in Delhi, India. To learn more about the EPIC project, please visit http://immunizationeconomics.org/

 

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed publications:

Clarke-Deelder E, Shapira G, Samaha H, Frische G, and Fink G. 2019. BMC Public Health. Quality of care for children with severe illness: An assessment of 366 cases of severe under-5 disease in Congo, DRC. 

Munk C, Portnoy A, Suharlim C, Clarke-Deelder E, Brenzel L, Resch S, and Menzies N. 2019. BMC Health Services Research. Systematic review of the costs and effectiveness of interventions to increase infant vaccination coverage in low- and middle-income countries

Clarke-Deelder E, Vassall A, and Menzies N. 2019. Value in Health. Estimators used in multi-site healthcare costing studies in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and simulation study. 

Reports:

                       

Clarke E, Kallenberg J, Brooks A, Getchell M. 22-23 June 2016. “Report to the Gavi Alliance Board: Health System and Immunisation Strengthening Support.”


Clarke E, Kallenberg J, Brooks A, Getchell M. 7-8 October 2015. “Report to the Gavi Alliance Programme and Policy Committee: Review of Gavi’s Model for Direct Financial Support to Countries.”


The Adolescent Girls Initiative in Rwanda: Final Evaluation Report. June 2015. The World Bank. (with Ioana Botea, Shubha Chakravarty, Sarah Haddock, Sachin Gathani, Dimitri Stoelinga, and Bélise Kangabe)


Save the Children Literacy Boost: Baseline Study for the Community Component. May 2014. Save the Children Rwanda. (with Sachin Gathani and Annabelle Wittels)

Works-in-progress:   

Clarke-Deelder E, Opondo K, Achieng E, Garg L, Han D, Guha M, Lightbourne A, Makin J, Miller N, Otieno B, Pinheiro A, Suarez-Rebling D, Burke T, Oguttu M, Cohen J, McConnell M. “Quality of care for postpartum hemorrhage in referral hospitals in Kenya: a direct clinical observation study.”


Clarke-Deelder E, Suharlim C, Chatterjee S, Brenzel L, Cohen J, McConnell M, Resch S, Menzies NA. “Impact of campaign-style delivery of routine vaccines during Intensified Mission Indradhanush: a controlled interrupted time-series analysis.”


Portnoy A, Vaughan K, Ozaltin A, Clarke-Deelder E, Suharlim C, Resch S, Brenzel L, and Mnezies NA. “Producing standardized country-level immunization delivery unit cost estimates.”

Vaughan K, Clarke-Deelder E, Tani I, Manzi F, Schutte C, Ozaltin A. “Immunization delivery costing, from evidence to policy: findings from a nationally representative facility-based costing study and policy translation effort in Tanzania.”

 

TEACHING

R WORKSHOP

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health​

  • Developed materials for and co-led a workshop teaching programming in R to doctoral students 

  • Workshop materials can be found here

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN POPULATION HEALTH SCIENCES

Spring 2018

Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

PHS 2000b (Doctoral level course)

  • Teaching Fellow for Professors Jessica Cohen, Tyler Vanderweele, and Jarvis Chen

  • Topics included: instrumental variables, difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity designs, interrupted time-series analysis, interaction and mediation, propensity scores, marginal structural models for causal inference with time-varying confounding, missing data

DECISION ANALYSIS FOR HEALTH AND MEDICAL PRACTICES

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

RDS 280 (Masters-level course)

  • Teaching Fellow for Professor Ankur Pandya

  • Topics included: health state preference elicitation, decision modeling using decision tress, cost-effectiveness analysis

 

CV

CV (FEBRUARY 2020)

 

CONTACT

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