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Ann Lion Coleman Joins Abt Associates to Direct USAID Health Systems 20/20 Project

Friday, August 1, 2008 General News J E 4
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 31 HIV/AIDS and health systemsexpert Ann Lion Coleman will join Abt Associates as Director for the HealthSystems 20/20 project in August 2008. Health Systems 20/20 is the USAID Bureauof Global Health's flagship project working to strengthen health systems byusing an integrated approach to address the financing, governance,operational, and capacity constraints to further the use of life-savingpriority health services.

Lion Coleman comes to Abt Associates from the Office of the Global AIDSCoordinator (OGAC) where she served as Technical Support Coordinator for theGlobal Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), as well asUnited States Government (USG) delegate to the Global Fund Board of Directors.

She has 30 years of experience as a leader and manager of global,regional, and country-level health programs both internationally anddomestically. At OGAC, Lion Coleman managed a $30 million portfolio of USGGlobal Fund technical support contracts and grants with UNAIDS, Roll BackMalaria, Stop TB, Green Light Committee, and Management Sciences for Health.

"We are delighted that Ann is joining us as HS 20/20 expands and movesinto its third year. Her experience with the major actors is particularlyvaluable as international attention to health systems issues increases," saidNancy Pielemeier, Vice President for International Health at Abt Associates.

Previously Lion Coleman worked as Senior Health Advisor for USAID's officeof Population and Reproductive Health. She managed the Agency's bureau-wideCapacity Project; oversaw the $250 million portfolio focusing on thestrengthening and integration of health systems at a global level; anddirected project staffing, strategic planning, and linkages with other globalefforts including those at WHO and the World Bank. She also managed USAID'sYouthNet project, guiding global activities to improve the reproductive healthand HIV/AIDS prevention behaviors of youth. Earlier as Senior ManagementAdvisor at the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), she spentseven years as the regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean whereshe led efforts to improve performance of health care providers in a number ofLAC countries.

"I am enthusiastic about joining Abt and USAID's flagship project HS20/20. We are at a critical time to focus on health system strengthening. Asboth PEPFAR and the Global Fund efforts reach their next phase ofimplementation, health systems strengthening is a key priority to the successof the disease-specific global efforts," Lion Coleman explained.

Abt Associates applies scientific research, technical assistance andconsulting expertise to a wide range of social, economic and health policyissues; international development; clinical trials and registries; and complexbusiness problems. Founded in 1965, the company provides services to U.S.federal, state and local governments; universities and foundations; media; andmajor corporations. Its staff of over 1,000 is located in Cambridge,Massachusetts; Atlanta, Georgia; Bethesda, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina;Lexington, Massachusetts (Abt Bio-Pharma Solutions, Inc.); New York, New York(Abt SRBI); and in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and theMiddle East.

SOURCE Abt Associates
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