About the Gender Equity Unit Team

The Data for Health (D4H) Initiative’s Gender Equity Unit is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and housed in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Our work aims to:

  1. Serve as a knowledge center and resource hub for all partners and countries in the D4H Initiative and beyond to integrate gender equity in their work;
  2. Provide capacity-strengthening activities focused on gender equity for partner liaisons and key country players; and
  3. Conduct research studies to demonstrate the importance of, barriers to, and strategies for advancing gender equity in global public health through data systems.

Through our work, the Gender Equity Unit provides training materials to strengthen capacity to collect high-quality health data in over 25 low- and middle-income countries; manages the Gender Equity in Health Data hub, an online repository of D4H resources that focuses on mainstreaming equity in health data by improving the collection, use, and dissemination of sex and gender data; tracks country progress towards key indicators using a gender equity data landscape; and builds country partner capacity to integrate gender equity work through training sessions, webinars, mentorship, and technical assistance on data collection, analysis, and policy application.

Since inception in 2021, we have reached hundreds of D4H and other global partners with important information, resources, and training opportunities to help increase understanding of the need for gender data and how to use such data to inform health policy and programming. Our global team works with those collecting and utilizing health data from the community level to the ministry level to mainstream gender equity in their work.

But we are only getting started! There’s more work to be done. Join us as we work to create a new global health data ecosystem that counts and values the lives and experiences of all people.

Our team

Michelle Kaufman, PhD

Rachael Durisin, BSPH

Clara Flores, MSW

Alycia Hancock, MBE

Holly Hoang, MEd

Tahilin Sanchez Karver, PhD, MPH

Lisa Lapa, BBA

Deb Levine

Deb Levine, MA

Vidhi Maniar, MS, MPH

Debra Prosnitz

Debra Prosnitz, MPH

Astha Ramaiya, DrPH

Sharita Serrao, MBA

Mahboubeh Shirzad, PhD

Patrick Slavin, BA

Lidya Teklemariam

Lidiya Teklemariam, LLM

Kate Wright

Kate Wright, MPH

Research Assistants

Avery Bazell


Timmie Fatoki


Molly McGeehan


Evan Eschliman, MS


Bilal Khan


Rosalyn Shin


Imogen Evans


Mingyue Ma


Bailey Holmes Spencer, MPH


Johns Hopkins University Advisors

Joseph Ali, JD International Health; Berman Institute of Bioethics


Brian Dyer, BS Biostatistics Center


Diwakar Mohan, MD, DrPH International Health


Carlos Aguirre Center for Language and Speech Processing


Dustin Gibson, PhD, MS International Health


Gayane Yenokyan, MD, MPH, PhD Biostatistics Center


Mark Dredze, PhD Computer Science


Arik V. Marcell, MD, MPH Pediatrics; Population, Family & Reproductive Health


Ayah Zirikly, PhD Center for Language and Speech Processing