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Laura Hoemeke

Laura Hoemeke

Director of Communications and Advocacy

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.

Laura 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. Hoemeke has authored several publications and has spoken and presented at numerous global health conferences and other events. Laura earned her doctorate in public health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in health policy and management. She has an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in journalism from Northwestern University.



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Advocacy efforts to improve access to and use of family planning must include local government officials.

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A new research award honors the life of our friend and colleague, Raluca Iosif.

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Universal Health Coverage as a Global Goal: Is Everything Old New Again?

If the global community wasn’t able to achieve health for all by the year 2000, how can we do it by 2030? Here are a few ways.

Future Planning: Young People Making Choices

As we celebrate International Youth Day, we’re talking with young people about planning their futures.

Ebola Changed Everything

The 68th World Health Assembly made it clear that Ebola has fundamentally changed the direction of global health discourse.

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