TAG acknowledgements

MCHIP gratefully acknowledges the expertise and guidance of the technical advisory group who provided review of the toolkit content, tools and recommendations to improve the utility of the toolkit. The technical advisory group will continue to provide guidance and input to ensure the toolkit is as useful to as many organizations as possible. Participating members of the technical advisory group are listed below in alphabetical order.

Yasmin Amarsi, BSN, MSN, PhD

Prof. Yasmin Amarsi is currently the Foundation Dean, Nursing and Midwifery, Aga Khan University, East Africa since 2009. She has over 25 years experience as a national and international nursing leader since her association with the School of Nursing in Karachi in 1980. Prof. Amarsi holds a PhD in Health Sciences from McMaster University (1998), Master of Science degree from University of Arizona(1993) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Aga Khan University from McMaster University, Canada. In 2009, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by McMaster University, Canada. This prestigious award was bestowed because of her contribution to nursing education, curriculum development and strengthening academic systems in the developing countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. https://www.aku.edu/

Rebecca Bailey, MSPH, CEd

Rebecca is an international health and education specialist at IntraHealth International, where she is responsible for developing approaches for scaling up and transforming health workforce education and training, with a particular focus on countries with critical health workforce shortages. She has worked with the World Health Organization, Department of Human Resources for Health and has more than 20 years experience in health, development and education initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as key global initiatives, such as the WHO/GHWA task force on scaling up health workforce education and training, the global consensus statement on social accountability of medical schools, and the global initiative to incorporate the management of common childhood illnesses into the basic education of all primary health care providers. http://www.intrahealth.org.

Sheena Jacobs, MSN, MPH


Sheena is the Interim Nursing Director at the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH) based in the Global Health Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has dual training in international public health and advanced practice clinical nursing. She has spent a decade working in the field of HIV/AIDS initially as an HIV/STI clinical nurse practitioner in the U.S. and soon after supporting the scale-up of both HIV treatment sites and clinical training programs in multiple countries in Africa and the Caribbean region. Sheena now spends the majority of her time providing technical assistance and leveraging resources for nursing and midwifery pre-service programs across I-TECH’s network. She has participated in various WHO consultative meetings regarding scaling up pre-service programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. https://www.go2itech.org/

Peter Johnson, CNM, PhD, FACNM


Peter Johnson is an Educational Psychologist and Midwife and with over 20 years of clinical experience serving vulnerable populations in a wide variety of domestic and international settings. Dr Johnson has pioneered the development, implementation and evaluation of computer-mediated distance education strategies designed to prepare midwives and perinatal women’s health advanced practice nurses to meet the health care needs of women in medically underserved areas throughout the world. He has used his doctoral preparation in mastery learning, instructional design, educational measurement and educational regulation to strengthen national preservice education and inservice training of health professionals in over 30 countries around the world. https://www.jhpiego.org/

Ans Luyben, RM, PGDE, PhD


Ans Luyben is a midwife and health care education specialist, with over 25 years experience in health care education in multiple schools and clinical settings in Europe. She was educated as a midwife and a teacher in the Netherlands, moved to work in Switzerland and did her doctoral study about clients’ views on maternity care in Scotland. Currently, she works as Head of Midwifery Research, Development and Consultancy at the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH. She is Co- Chair of the Education Standing Committee (ESC) of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). http://internationalmidwives.org/

John Norcini, PhD

Dr. Norcini became FAIMER’s first President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2002. Prior to joining FAIMER, for the previous 25 years, Dr. Norcini worked at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) where he worked his way up from a data analyst and associate in psychometrics to Director of Psychometrics. He held two senior positions at ABIM from 1988 to 1997 and from 1997 until 2002. He is on the editorial Boards of five peer-reviewed journals in measurement and medical education and has published extensively. https://www.faimer.org/

Joyce Thompson, DrPH, CNM, FAAN, FACNM

Joyce is a nurse and a midwife educator with over 40 years of international work in midwifery, women’s health, public health, nursing, health care ethics, and Safe Motherhood in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Japan. Dr. Thompson has spent her career to date in academia and international health with an emphasis on promoting human rights for women and Safe Motherhood throughout the world. She was a member of the International Confederation of Midwives’ Board from 1990-2005. She was Director of the Board of Management 1999-2005 during which time the ICM Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice were developed and adopted in 2002. She is co-chair of the ICM Task Force 2009-2011 responsible for developing the ICM Global Standards for Midwifery Education and Companion Guidelines that were adopted in December 2010. Expert teacher, educational administrator and consultant, Joyce is also a founding fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. http://internationalmidwives.org/

Kate Tulenko, MD, MPH, MPhil

Dr. Kate Tulenko is a physician and health systems specialist who currently serves as Deputy Director of CapacityPlus, USAID's flagship project addressing the global health workforce shortage where she is responsible for health worker education, productivity and retention.

Prior to joining CapacityPlus she served as the coordinator of the World Bank's Africa Health Workforce Program. Dr. Tulenko has degrees from Harvard; Johns Hopkins; and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and holds adjunct faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the George Mason School of Health and Human Services. www.CapacityPlus.org

Lois Schaefer, RN, MPH

Lois Schaefer is a Senior Technical Advisor for Human Resources for Health in the Global Health Bureau’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She provides technical guidance to the Agency in its efforts to address issues of human resources for health and health systems strengthening as well as manages their flagship project to address the global health workforce crisis. Prior to joining USAID in 2004, she was at JHPIEGO for 12 years where she was the Senior Clinical Training Advisor and Chief of the Clinical Services Division. She has 30 years international experience in developing countries throughout the world as a nurse and trainer/teacher. She has expertise in strengthening pre-service education, in-service training systems, instructional design, and family planning/reproductive health. https://www.usaid.gov/