Health Workforce Development

We systematically survey the landscape, the evidence-base and stakeholders to provide strategic insight to global initiatives and health systems in the design and improvement of health workforce development programs, with the aim to enhance impact and bring solutions to scale.

Global Reach II

The HRSA Global Reach II initiative is a five-year, initiative funded up to $100 million, that aims to formulate high quality solutions for HIV control and translate new science related to mitigating the impact of global pandemics in the HIV response.  Under prime partner JHPIEGO, Ata Health is responsible for supporting development and sustainability of peer learning collaboratives of subnational human resources managers, strengthening of human resource information systems and use of HR data, as well as organizational development capacity-building of local public sector HIV organizations for improved performance and sustainability.

HRH Strategy Development

HRSA/DS Federal

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administered requested the Ata Health Principal to conduct a review of their entire human resources for health portfolio of activities under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Ata Health was responsible for assessing alignment with new PEPFAR Priorities, conducting strategic analysis (including value chain analysis and competitor analysis) and for providing a strategic roadmap for improving the impact of programs and value to PEPFAR country offices.  As part of this report, Ata Health provided recommendations for new program activities, some of which were funded in the same year.

ECHO vCOPs for CDC field staff 
CDC/University of New Mexico

In order to increase knowledge, enhance leadership and management skills, as well as, improve staff morale and reduce isolation, CDC directly funded Ata Health to co-design and implement five virtual communities of practice (vCOP) for CDC field staff, including Country Directors and Deputy Directors.  Sessions were held with representatives from over 50 countries across four continents.  Ata Health designed and executed the M&E framework, including novel statistical methods for assessing the relationship between dose and outcomes, to determine the implemented effectiveness and impact of the initiative. 

Learning Collaboratives for Social Determinants for Health  
Health Leads 

Ata Health conducted a robust landscape analysis of 64 learning collaboratives in the U.S. focused on social determinants of health, to examine common trends and identify best practices, and to make recommendations on Health Lead's future equity-related learning collaboratives.  Ata Heatlh also presented a research brief on design options for a learning collaborative integral to the North Carolina Department of Health Medicaid 1115 Waiver program, which was the first of its kind focused on social determinants for health. 

African Labor Market Analyses
USAID/World Bank/IntraHealth

In two separate partnerships, Ata Health produced novel labor market analysis for the Africa health workforce.  For the World Bank, Ata Health synthesized data from 15 different countries in the East, Central, and Southern Africa region, and conducted a literature review to help explain supply and demand factors. The report makes a global investment case for production of new health workers to address a regional shortage.  For USAID / IntraHealth, Ata Health conducted a labor market analysis of the clinical health workforce, including doctors, nurses, clinical officers, pharmacists, dentists, and more.  Through data imputation, the team designed a novel method to produce the first-ever national estimate of the private sector workforce for each of these cadres, and described key areas of under and over supply of health workers.  Ata Health presented the report to the Uganda Ministry of Health, in advance of their HRH strategic planning process. 

Long Covid & other Fatiguing Illness Recovery Program (LC&FIRP)

CDC/Family Health Centers of San Diego 

The CDC Long COVID & Other Fatiguing Illness Recovery Program is a three-year randomized control trial examining the efficacy of a virtual community of practice model on improving patient specialty care for people experiencing long COVID.  The primary outcomes of the study are changes in health outcomes of patients experiencing long COVID and changes in the knowledge, confidence, and capability of providers that participate in the intervention.  The study is a Type II Hybrid Implementation - Effectiveness study, which has a co-primary aim to assess the feasibility and acceptablity of the intervention.  Under prime partner Family Health Centers of San Diego, Ata Health is a Co-principal Investigator responsible for assessing impacts of provider outcomes and for supporting the assessment of feasibility, acceptability and scalability of the intervention.  In this role, Ata Health was responsible for designing all related data constructs and survey questions, providing the format for cateloguing all constructs and sources in the trial, and producing data analysis of approximately 100 indicators, using advanced statistical techniques. 

M&E Framework for New National Climate Change and Health Adaptation Capacity Building 

Health Canada/Climate Capacity Building Program 

Ata Health designed the monitoring and evaluation framework for the Government of Canada's national climate change and health adaptation community of practice.  After a robust analysis of publically available evaluations and indicators for climate and health, the team designed a framework that included a logic model, data collection methods, data construct dictionary (queriable by instrument type and research question), data instruments, and evaluation plan.  The team also produced the first-ever staged capability maturity model for assessing climate and health adaptation capacity by province.  

M&E for Skills-sharing Ryan White Twinning Pilot

HRSA/DS Federal

Ata Health produced the monitoring and evaluation framework for a novel HRSA program under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  Called "Skills Sharing", the project supported communities of practice between U.S. and African clincians responsible for HIV/AIDS service delivery.  Ata Health's framework included the logic model, data collection instruments and methods, indicators and sources, data construct dictionary (searchable by instrument and study requestion) and research protocol. The framework also included a plan for the evaluation, based on the OECD Development Assistance Committee Evaluation Framework.

Technical Review and Strategic Programming

HRSA/DS Federal

Ata Health has completed numerous program reviews for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), related to human resources for health under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  As a an HRH program reviewer, Ata Health was responsible for assessing implementing partner performance with respect to grant agreement objectives and expectations and to make strategic recommendations for improving performance and impact.  Ata Health conducted desk reviews and led site visits to implementing partner offices, and synthesized findings in program review reports.   Ata Health performed reviews for HRSA's Global Nurse Capacity Building Program, Afya Bora program, Resilient and Responsive Health System's (RRHS) - DRC program, and Resilient and Responsive Health Organizations (RRHO) program.