Jackline Oluoch-Aridi is the Ford Program’s Regional Research Programs Manager for East Africa. Based in Nairobi, Aridi oversees the Ford Program’s community engagement and research in Kenya and Uganda; supports Notre Dame students doing research or internships in the region; and builds relationships with Ford Program regional partners. Previously, Aridi was regional community health worker program coordinator for East Africa for Columbia University’s Earth Institute, overseeing operations and providing technical assistance for programs in six countries. Aridi has also worked with the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs at Columbia University, the World Health Organization, the Guttmacher Institute, GBCHealth, and the Global Alliance on Improved Nutrition (GAIN). She holds a masters in public administration with a specialization in international health policy and management from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Administration.

Jackie received her PhD in Health System Management from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. In her dissertation, “Women’s Preferences for Place of Delivery: A Study of Embakasi-North and Naivasha Sub-County, Kenya,” she examines the high maternal mortality rates in Kenya by examining what women value most and the choices they make when determining where to deliver their babies.


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