About Ann Brownlee
Ann Brownlee is a medical sociologist who 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 International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine at the UCSD Medical School. She currently works as an independent consultant in the areas of breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding and international health. She has specialized in training, evaluation and applied research.
Dr. Brownlee served 8 years as Planning, Evaluation and Applied Research Coordinator for the Project for Strengthening Health Delivery Systems in Africa (a 20-country project), 10 years as Senior Technical Advisor for Program Development, Evaluation and Research at Wellstart International and taught at UCSD for 16 years.
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. Dr Brownlee worked extensively with WHO and UNICEF to develop the assessment strategy and tools for the WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and recently completed an assessment tool to accompany WHO’s Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding and a revised version of the BFHI assessment tools.
She has published extensively in the fields of cross-cultural health, health systems research, health assessment, breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding.
While working in the field of infant and young child feeding, Dr. Brownlee has been a strong advocate for “mother-friendly childbirth”, collaborating with CIMS to develop a “mother-friendly care” component within the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, working to include “mother-friendly care” as a component in the tool for assessing the “Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding”, and collaborating with the “International Motherbaby Childbirth Organization” on development of its strategies and coordination with WHO and UNICEF.
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