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Alex Ernst

Title(s)Program Manager, Prevention & Public Health
SchoolChancellor/EVC/FAS
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    Tulane UniversityMPH2016School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    Vanderbilt UniversityBA2011College of Arts and Sciences

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    Alex Ernst is the Strategic Information Program Manager based in San Francisco at UCSF within the Global Strategic Information group. As Program Manager, she provides broad programmatic management and oversight on all activities including providing technical assistance and training on M&E and surveillance, staffing, fiscal and programmatic oversight, cooperative agreement correspondence, regular communication with all in-country partners and sub-recipients, and monitoring and reporting of all program activities. Her technical areas of focus include CQI, DQA/I, data triangulation and visualization as well as surveillance study and survey design and protocol and tool development.

    She joined the UCSF team in 2016 after serving as a health sector Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) for two years in southern Mozambique, giving her extensive experience within a specific sub-Saharan African cultural context and working knowledge at a district hospital providing HTS and ART, PMTCT, maternity, and OVC services. As a Volunteer, she worked to implement a community adherence support group program (CAGs) for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as led multiple trainings with facility-based and community-based health workers on the subjects of malaria and HIV. She was the national coordinator of a girls empowerment organization (REDES) and oversaw 100+ facilitators and girls groups in trainings of trainers (TOTs), workshops, and community events to reduce the burden of HIV/AIDS on young females, to empower future leaders, and to build the capacity and self-efficacy of Mozambican girls. She also developed new monitoring tools to ensure timely, efficient, and accurate reporting and monitoring of PCV-led health activities across the country.

    Domestically, she has previous experience as the Executive Director of a social enterprise nonprofit, The Nashville Mobile Market, focused on providing healthy food options and nutrition-based cooking classes to food insecure neighborhoods in Nashville, Tennessee. As Executive Director, she led a team of 25 staff and volunteers, oversaw day-to-day operations of the market, routinely conducted monitoring and evaluation, organized community outreach activities, spearheaded grant-writing for multiple awards, and provided general program development. From 2013 to 2014, she also worked alongside faculty at Tulane University to develop a USAID manual for the M&E of health systems strengthening with input from various USAID missions across the globe.

    She obtained her MPH from the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in Global Health Systems and Development with a focus in Program Design and Implementation.

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