Christina Blanchard-Horan,PhD specializes in strategy and project management, with a focus on areas of needs assessment, program evaluation, quality improvement, and healthcare access to clinical trials and healthcare programs.
Christina Blanchard-Horan has more than 20 years of experience in government-contracted projects and programs. She has worked on projects funded by NIH/NIAID, NCI, CDC, DHHS, PEPFAR, UNICEF, Irish Aid, and DfID and has managed the successful scale-up of several departments and programs. This has involved developing trust and fostering a partnership environment. Start-up programs have included
- NIAID/DAIDS, AIDS Clinical Trials Group Operations Center, International Site Program Support Group (Cooperative Agreement)
- NIH Fogarty International, Minorities in Healthcare Research and Training Grant, Uganda Project (Grant)
- Medical Services Research Group, Research Department (Private Sector)
- Center for Healthcare Quality, National Disparities in Vulnerable Populations Quality Improvement Support Center (DHHS)
Dr. Blanchard-Horan spent a decade as the senior international program specialist for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) operations center, where she provided technical and monitoring support to clinical trials site development. As the liaison between the Division of AIDS, study teams, the network operations center, and research health facilities in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean, she was instrumental in the initiation of the International Program. From 2008 to 2012 she served as an adviser to the International Labour Organisation’s Microinsurance Innovation’s research agenda. She was commissioned editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Public Administration on Health Micro-Insurance and Health Outcomes.
In the U.S. she was recognized for her work improving disparities in care, which used social marketing strategies to improve women’s cancer screening. She was also asked to manage a national program that would go on to improve care for elderly and disabled Indian, Latino, Asian, and African American healthcare beneficiaries in the US.
She served as an advisor on the Health Research and Education Trust national advisory panel for disparities in healthcare in the U.S. and served as past president of the Mid-South Association of Professional Anthropologists. She served on the Health Research and Education Trust national advisory panel for disparities in healthcare for two years. Dr. Blanchard-Horan is the past president of the Mid-South Association of Professional Anthropologists, a member of the Microinsurance Network, and the former Editor-in-Chief of the journal Living Anthropology.
She served as chair of the board of directors of a health finance non-profit since 2007, leading corporate development capacity building initiatives. The organization recently won an award for innovations in healthcare delivery. Her volunteer activities have also included serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for non-profit serving orphans and vulnerable children from 2012 to 2016.
Dr. Blanchard-Horan received her dual Master’s degree in applied Medical and Urban Anthropology in 1996 from the University of Memphis and her Doctoral degree in Health Services and Community Health in 2007 from Walden University, an affiliate of Indiana University. From 2007 to 2013, Dr. Blanchard-Horan was certified as a Clinical Research Professional by the Society of Clinical Research Associates. For six years she held an international certification in healthcare quality from the Healthcare Quality Certification Board. At GHLiaisons, she advises qualitative research, health services programs, quality improvement, research logistics, and data integrity.
Awards & Exhibits
Her awards include the Pinnacle Award, the National Public Service Fellowship, the Wood Bell Award for her working Anthropology. Her photography has been exhibited in the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Tennessee; The World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan; Christian Brothers University Gallery; and the University of North Dakota. Dr. Blanchard-Horan currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.
- Business Development and Proposal Management
- Research Site Operations and Community Development
- Program Evaluation & Quality Improvement
- Data Tracking and Research Systems Development
- North America – USA
- Africa – Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe
- Asia – India and Thailand
- South America – Peru and Brazil
Selected Online Publications
Tumuhimbise, M, Berinde, A, I, Nuwahereza, Aturinda , S., Blanchard-Horan, C., ( 2020) Perceptions towards COVID-19 prevention measures in Uganda: Gaps and missed opportunities, American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Research (AJHSSR). e-ISSN :2378-703X
Blanchard-Horan, C., Flederjohann, J., Maina, W., Bwesigye, D., Miiro, F., Evaluation Report – 2017 Uganda: End of project Evaluation Enhanced Resilience Karamoja Program (ERKP). https://www.unicef.org/evaldatabase/index_100683.html .
Blanchard-Horan, C., Aurino, E., Fofanah, I., 2017 Sierra Leone: External Evaluation of Effectiveness of UNICEF Nutrition Accelerated Reduction of Child and Maternal Under-Nutrition in Seven Districts of Sierra Leone. https://www.unicef.org/evaldatabase/index_101021.html
Blanchard‐Horan, C., Shahkolahi, A., Sanne, I., Holland, S., D’Asaro, E.N., and Johnson, N. Multi‐Country Clinical Trials and the Regulatory Burden at Clinical Trials Research Sites in Resource‐Limited Settings: An Evaluation of Regulatory Approval Timelines. (2016) Applied Clinical Trials.
Paul Ndebele, PhD, Christina Blanchard-Horan, PhD, MA, Akbar Shahkolahi, PhD, and Ian Sanne, FCP(SA), FRCP(lon) ‘Regulatory Challenges Associated With Conducting Multicountry Clinical Trials in Resource-Limited Settings (2014) Acquir Immune Defic Syndr . Volume 65, Supplement 1, January 1, 2014
Zheng,Y., Hosseinipour, M., Mellors, J., Sawe, F., Eshleman, S., Mohapi, L., Chipato,T., Asmelash, A., Siika, A., Rwambuya, S., Ramnarain, P., Hogg., E., Blanchard-Horan, C., Currier, J.,Hughes, M., McIntyre, J., Walawander., Lockman, S. (2012) Approaches toeffectively documenting prior single dose nevirapine exposure among women inAfrica. Annals of TropicalMedicine and Public Health (Ann Trop Med Public Health) July, 2012 (5:4) pp344-348
Blanchard-Horan, C., Stocker, V., Moran, L., Ferguson, E., Klingman, K.L., McMahon, D., Hitti., J., (Jan 2012). Examining the challenges and solutions to the implementation of trials in resource-limited settings. Applied Clinical Trials (21:1) pp34-42
Blanchard-Horan, C. (Jan 2009) Health Micro Insurance as social Protection. Journal of Insurance & Risk Management. Vol. 5 issue pp45-53.
Blanchard-Horan, C. and J. McCord, M. (2007) Microinsurance: Working to Solve Healthcare Disparities in Developing Counties. International Journal of Public Administration. Routledge & Francis Group. Symposium guest editors Vol 30 ( 8&9) pp 727-735.