Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD
Dr. Singh’s main areas of interests are the evaluation of maternal and child health and HIV prevention programs. She is interested in research focused on reaching the most vulnerable groups (including the poorest, displaced populations, orphans and stigmatized groups) with interventions.
Dr. Singh is the lead PI for the external evaluation of a quality improvement project in Ethiopia, which is focused on improving maternal and newborn health. The evaluation will include impact and cost-effectiveness analyses as well as qualitative assessments. She is also an evaluator for the Safe Motherhood Initiative Project in Malawi which is focused on the promotion of Maternity Waiting Homes for women who live far from a health facility. Dr. Singh’s work also includes evaluating interventions intended to improve newborn survival.
Honors and AwardsPhilip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Acheivement by Young Faculty
2019, UNC-CHCarolina Women's Center Faculty Scholar
2016-2017, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillCarolina Population Center Summer in Residence
2013Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society
2013Humphrey Fellows Teaching Excellence Award
Co-Principal Investigator: Capacity Building for the Professional Learner
Principal Investigator: D4I (Data for Impact)
Principal Investigator, Evaluation of a Maternal and Newborn Quality Improvement Project in Pastoral Ethiopia
Co-Investigator, MEASURE (Core) Evaluation Phase IV
Principal Investigator, Evaluation of a Maternal and Newborn Quality Improvement Project in Ethiopia
2018-present MCFH concentration co-lead
2018-present MCH Masters Committee
2016-present CPC Training Committee
2014-present CPC Summer Internship Mentor
Hagaman A*, Singh K, Speizer I, Bitewulign B, Abate A, Alemu A, Seifu Estifanos A, Mulissa, Z, Magge H. The Impacts of Quality Improvement on Maternal and Newborn Health: Preliminary Findings from a Health System Integrated Intervention in Three Regions in Ethiopia. Oral Presentation at the Population Association of America Conference. Austin, TX. April 2019.