Sarah V. Harlan

CCP | Learning Director

Sarah has more than seventeen years of experience working in family planning and reproductive health, twelve of which have focused on the use of knowledge management to strengthen health programs. A passionate writer and communicator, she has experience developing messages and producing communications products for a range of audiences—including health service providers, donors, journalists, research staff, policy makers, and clients—with a focus on making research results actionable. She has a particular interest in using communication and advocacy techniques to support access to a range of contraceptive methods.

Sarah’s work on the K4Health Project focuses on partnerships and communications to enhance knowledge exchange among family planning service providers and program implementers. A founding member of the Family Planning Voices initiative, she has conducted trainings throughout the world on using storytelling in global health. She also leads K4Health's porfolio on Population, Health, and the Environment, and works to engage non-health sectors in family planning work. She managed the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) project in Indonesia—which used evidence-based advocacy and knowledge management to improve the uptake of long-acting and permanent methods of contraception (LAPMs)—and has led K4Health activities in Ethiopia and the Philippines. She has co-authored a number of technical publications and journal articles, most recently Building Better Programs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs.

Sarah received her masters from the Maternal and Child Health Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA from Grinnell College.