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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. As Program Manager, she provides broad management oversight on all activities including technical assistance and training, 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.

    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 specific Sub-Saharan African cultural context and first-hand working knowledge at a district hospital providing HTS and ART services, in addition to PMTCT, maternity, and OVC services. As a Volunteer, she worked to facilitate and implement a community adherence support group program (CAGs) for people living with HIV/AIDS as well as lead multiple trainings with facility-based and community-based health workers on the subjects of malaria and HIV. She was national coordinator of a girls empowerment organization (REDES) and oversaw 100+ facilitators and girls groups in the planning of 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, 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. Prior to joining UCSF, 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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