Manish Kumar: Making a difference at MEASURE Evaluation

May 27, 2016

Manish Kumar works in his MEASURE Evaluation office in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Photo by Jennie Saia)

Manish Kumar works in his MEASURE Evaluation office in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Manish Kumar, MPH, a native of India, has found a second home at UNC.

A seasoned public health professional, Kumar already had 12 years’ experience in project implementation and conducting activities to strengthen health systems at the point when a Rotary Peace Fellowship brought him back to school for a master’s degree.

After graduating from the Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) in 2015, he accepted research and teaching positions at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Kumar is senior technical specialist for health systems strengthening with MEASURE Evaluation — a USAID-funded global health information systems project housed within UNC’s Carolina Population Center.

In this role, he provides technical and capacity-building support for the Data for Accountability, Transparency and Impact Monitoring System managed by the United States government for teams in 50 developing countries.

As an adjunct assistant professor in the PHLP, Kumar also guides students through coursework, practicum activities and job searches.

His motivations are simple: “People are the reason that I work to strengthen health systems,” he says.

This story originally was published in the Spring 2016 edition of Carolina Public Health Magazine.


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