Erika Lee Linnander MPH, MBA

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); Senior Technical Officer, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute

Biographical Info

Erika Linnander is the senior technical officer at Yale’s Global Health Leadership Institute, where she provides technical leadership across GHLI’s education, research, and applied quality improvement programs in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. A lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, Ms. Linnander teaches financial management, health economics, quality improvement and strategic problem solving in GHLI’s certificate and master’s-level education programs. She is a member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) and a steering committee member with Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership. She has facilitated health management programming in a variety of hospital and health system settings, including efforts in China, Egypt, Haiti, Liberia, Malawi, Nicaragua, and South Africa.

Ms. Linnander received her MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

International Activity

  • Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program
    GHLI joined universities across the U.S. to support the Rwandan Ministry of Health's Human Resources for Health Program to develop skilled workers to meet the country's health care delivery needs. The program aims to build the capacity of Rwandan universities and teaching hospitals to develop a sustainable pipeline of health care professionals. This work brings together experts from various specialties in an interdisciplinary effort to strengthen the pipeline of health care professionals - with a focus on developing more effective clinical residency and health management programs at the National University of Rwanda and associated teaching hospitals.
  • Ethiopia Health Extension Program
    The cornerstone of Ethiopia's primary care system is the Health Extension Program. GHLI works with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, Harvard School of Public Health and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to facilitate the development of a long-term strategic plan for primary care in Ethiopia. Our goal is to identify, test and refine strategies to ensure long-term sustainability and quality of Ethiopia's primary care system.
  • Tanzania, Ghana, and Mozambique, Project Last Mile
    Tanzania; Ghana; Mozambique(2011)
    Through Project Last Mile, GHLI examines how private and public sectors can work together for the benefit of the local population. We have teamed with supply chain experts in the Coca-Cola system and the country's Medical Stores Department (MSD) to improve access to critical medicines in more than 5000 locations. Lessons learned will help expand the partnership in other countries and provide training tools to prepare global health professionals to both harness the power of private sector partnerships and build technical skills in supply chain management.
  • Egypt, Hospital Strengthening Initiative
    Egypt(2009 - 2011)
    From 2009 to 2011, GHLI and the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) partnered to establish the Hospital Strengthening Initiative to improve hospital care for patients with cardiovascular disease. GHLI, the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Yale, and the NBE collaborated to create Egypt's first data registry for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome to help measure quality of care, identify gaps and evaluate efforts to improve hospital performance. Through training and mentoring, teams reduced waiting time for procedures and crowding in the Cardiac Catheterization lab designed and implemented an inventory management system for that lab and developed a more effective work plan to improve patient flow in the outpatient clinics.
  • United Kingdom, Health and Social Care Leadership Development Program
    United Kingdom(2007)
    Like many countries dealing with rising health care costs, aging populations and public calls for reform, the U.K. is making substantial changes to its National Health Service (NHS). To prepare NHS staff in leadership roles to navigate this reform, GHLI and the South Essex Partnership Foundation Trust created the Health and Social Care Leadership Development Program. Using expert speakers, case studies and site visits in both the U.K. and the U.S., the program focuses participant involvement on management and leadership topics in order to provide comparative analyses and perspectives that help generate creative solutions to health care problems common to both countries.
  • Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative
    The Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative (EHMI) launched in 2006 in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health and the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Through EHMI efforts, great strides have been made to improve hospital-based and primary care in Ethiopia with the design and implementation of the first Master's of Hospital Administration degree program in Africa and the launch of the Ethiopian Hospital Alliance for Quality to improve hospital services and patient satisfaction. EHMI work is also helping to strengthen adherence to clinical guidelines for labor and delivery and the adaption of WHO Safe Surgery checklist.

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