Sarah V. Harlan

CCP | Learning Director

Sarah has more than fifteen years of experience working in family planning and reproductive health, ten 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 also has a particular interest in using communication and advocacy techniques to support access to a range of contraceptive methods and HIV prevention technologies.

Sarah’s work on the K4Health Project has focused on partnerships and communications to enhance knowledge exchange among family planning service providers and program implementers. At the country level, she has implemented knowledge needs assessments and provided technical assistance to strengthen local-level capacity in using knowledge management to improve family planning programs. She also manages the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) project in Indonesia—which uses 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. She has co-authored a number of technical publications and journal articles for K4Health, including the Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs and the KM4Dev Journal article “Mapping Networks to Improve Knowledge Exchange Among Family Planning and Reproductive Health Organizations in Ethiopia.”

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.