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Laura Hoemeke

Laura Hoemeke

Former Director of Health Policy & Systems

Laura Hoemeke has nearly 25 years of experience in global health, including field assignments in the Central African Republic, Benin, Senegal, and Rwanda, and short-term assignments throughout East, West, and Central Africa. Her areas of expertise include advocacy and policy, communications, and program design and management. She has worked in family planning, maternal and child health, malaria prevention and control, and HIV/AIDS prevention and control, as well as health systems strengthening and health governance.

Hoemeke began her career as a journalist in Chicago, then moved to the Central African Republic, where, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she worked as a member of a CDC-supported child survival project team. Hoemeke then worked for Africare, overseeing projects throughout Francophone Africa. Hoemeke served as USAID Benin’s Family Health Technical Advisor for four years. In early 2003, she joined IntraHealth International as Regional Director for West and Central Africa, based in Senegal.

From 2005 through early 2010, Hoemeke was based in Rwanda as the director of IntraHealth’s successful USAID-funded Twubakane Decentralization and Health Program, which contributed to the country’s impressive results, particularly in the areas of health sector decentralization, family planning, and child health. In 2010, she joined IntraHealth’s headquarters leadership team as director of communications and advocacy and served as director of health policy & systems. Hoemeke has authored several publications and has spoken and presented at numerous global health conferences and other events.

Hoemeke earned her doctorate in public health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in health policy and management. She has an master's degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.



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