Faculty

Kenneth Sherr

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Global Health
Adjunct Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering

206-221-7635

Education

PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2009
MPH Health Services, University of Washington, 2000
BA Anthropology, Sociology, Kenyon College, 1995

Contact

206-221-7635

709 Hans Rosling Center for Population Health
Box 351620
Seattle, WA

Bio

Kenneth Sherr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, and Mozambique Program Director at Health Alliance International.

Dr. Sherr’s research focuses on developing and testing practical solutions to support data-driven decision making and service integration into the Primary Health Care framework to improve health system coverage and quality. Dr. Sherr developed the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach (SAIA), which packages systems engineering tools to support front-line health workers to iteratively improve prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) services. Originally tested through a cluster randomized trial in Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and Mozambique, SAIA is currently being scaled-up for PMTCT services in Mozambique, and adapted to address other chronic care needs in low and middle-income countries (including mental health services, integrated HIV testing into family planning clinics, and pediatric HIV testing and linked treatment).

Dr. Sherr leads an implementation research project supported through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative that assesses the effectiveness of an enhanced audit and feedback intervention on implementation of national guidelines to address the main causes of neonatal mortality in Mozambique, and builds implementation research capacity for public sector officials.

Dr. Sherr has led the development of implementation science training curricula at the University of Washington Department of Global Health, including the development of the world’s first PhD program in implementation science. Dr. Sherr received his PhD in Epidemiology and MPH in International Health/Health Services from the University of Washington, and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology from Kenyon College.Kenneth Sherr is a Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Dr. Sherr’s research focuses on developing and testing implementation strategies to support data-driven decision making and service integration into the Primary Health Care framework as a means of increasing the coverage and quality of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Sherr has led the development of implementation science training curricula at the University of Washington Department of Global Health, including the development of the PhD program in implementation science in 2012, and directs the Implementation Science Core of the NIH-supported UW/FH Center for AIDS Research. Dr. Sherr received his PhD in Epidemiology and MPH in International Health/Health Services from the University of Washington, and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology from Kenyon College.

Research Interests

  • Implementation science
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Health systems research

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Implementation outcomes of the integrated district evidence to action (IDEAs) program to reduce neonatal mortality in central Mozambique: an application of the RE-AIM evaluation framework.
(2024 Feb 2)
BMC Health Serv Res 24(1): 164
Dinis A, Fernandes Q, Wagenaar BH, Gimbel S, Weiner BJ, John-Stewart G, Birru E, Gloyd S, Etzioni R, Uetela D, Ramiro I, Gremu A, Augusto O, Tembe S, Mário JL, Chinai JE, Covele AF, Sáide CM, Manaca N, Sherr K

A decentralized delivery program for rheumatic heart disease treatment and prevention in Uganda.
(2024 Jan)
Nat Med 30(1): 12-13
Nakagaayi D, Pulle J, Otim I, Akiya OC, Otto OH, Danforth K, Longenecker CT, Ollberding N, Sarnacki R, Nakitto M, Buonfiglio S, Rwebembera J, Sable C, Sherr K, Su Y, Webel A, Beaton A, Okello E, Watkins D

Results of a cluster randomized trial testing the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach to increase cervical cancer screening in family planning clinics in Mombasa County, Kenya.
(2023 Nov 27)
Implement Sci 18(1): 66
Eastment MC, Wanje G, Richardson BA, Mwaringa E, Patta S, Sherr K, Barnabas RV, Mandaliya K, Jaoko W, Mcclelland RS

Cost savings in male circumcision post-operative care using two-way text-based follow-up in rural and urban South Africa.
(2023)
PLoS One 18(11): e0294449
Su Y, Mukora R, Ndebele F, Pienaar J, Khumalo C, Xu X, Tweya H, Sardini M, Day S, Sherr K, Setswe G, Feldacker C

Strengthening integrated depression services within routine primary health care using the RE-AIM framework in South Africa.
(2023)
PLOS Glob Public Health 3(11): e0002604
Petersen I, Kemp CG, Rao D, Wagenaar BH, Bachmann M, Sherr K, Kathree T, Luvuno Z, Van Rensburg A, Gigaba SG, Mthethwa L, Grant M, Selohilwe O, Hongo N, Faris G, Ras CJ, Fairall L, Bucibo S, Bhana A

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