Kenneth Sherr

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



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



Harris Hydraulics Laboratory 317
Box 357965
Seattle, WA


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.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Association between service readiness and PMTCT cascade effectiveness: a 2018 cross-sectional analysis from Manica province, Mozambique.
(2022 Nov 28)
BMC Health Serv Res 22(1): 1422
Dinis A, Augusto O, Ásbjörnsdóttir KH, Crocker J, Gimbel S, Inguane C, Ramiro I, Coutinho J, Agostinho M, Cruz E, Amaral F, Tavede E, Isidoro X, Sidat Y, Nassiaca R, Murgorgo F, Cuembelo F, Hazim CE, Sherr K

Assessing the sustainability of the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach to increase HIV testing in family planning clinics in Mombasa, Kenya: results of a cluster randomized trial.
(2022 Oct 4)
Implement Sci 17(1): 70
Long JE, Eastment MC, Wanje G, Richardson BA, Mwaringa E, Mohamed MA, Sherr K, Barnabas RV, Mandaliya K, Jaoko W, McClelland RS

Factors consistently associated with utilisation of essential maternal and child health services in Nigeria: analysis of the five Nigerian national household surveys (2003-2018).
(2022 Sep 17)
BMJ Open 12(9): e061747
Kawakatsu Y, Adolph C, Mosser JF, Baffoe P, Cheshi F, Aiga H, Watkins D, Sherr KH

Maternal and Child Health Care Service Disruptions and Recovery in Mozambique After Cyclone Idai: An Uncontrolled Interrupted Time Series Analysis.
(2022 Sep 15)
Glob Health Sci Pract 10(Suppl 1):
Fernandes Q, Augusto O, Chicumbe S, Anselmi L, Wagenaar BH, Marlene R, Agostinho S, Gimbel S, Pfeiffer J, Inguane C, Uetela DM, Crocker J, Ramiro I, Matsinhe B, Tembe S, Carimo N, Gloyd S, Manhiça I, Tavede E, Felimone P, Sherr K

Applying the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to Identify Implementation Determinants for the Integrated District Evidence-to-Action Program, Mozambique.
(2022 Sep 15)
Glob Health Sci Pract 10(Suppl 1):
Inguane C, Soi C, Gimbel S, Manaca N, Ramiro I, Floriano F, Castro G, Augusto O, Tembe S, Pfeiffer J, Fernandes Q, Sherr K

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