Ann Brownlee MA, PhD

Ann Brownlee, MA, PhD. Dr. Brownlee is a medical sociologist who has worked in the fields of program design and evaluation, health services research, breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding for over thirty-five years.  She received her B.A. at Pomona College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Boston University.  She has an appointment as Clinical Professor in the Division of Global Public Health at the UCSD Medical School. She has worked as a staff member and consultant in the areas of international health, breastfeeding, and infant and young child feeding, specializing in evaluation and applied research.  Dr. Brownlee served for eight years as Planning, Evaluation and Applied Research Coordinator for the Project for Strengthening Health Delivery Systems in Africa (a 20-country project), for ten years as Senior Technical Advisor for Program Development, Evaluation and Research at Wellstart International, and taught at UCSD for sixteen years.  She worked extensively with WHO and UNICEF to develop the assessment strategy and tools for the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and an assessment tool to accompany WHO’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. She served as a key consultant and author of an international series of Health Services Research training materials. She has served as team leader on a number of health program evaluations and lead trainer for “training of trainer” workshops in Africa and Asia and has published extensively in the fields of breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding, cross-cultural health, health systems research, and health assessment. She also helped to launch the US Baby-Friendly program and is currently serving as its Board Chair.