2022 USAID Health Systems Strengthening Case Competition

The USAID Health System Strengthening Case Competition, supported by the Accelerator, is an opportunity for USAID staff and partners working on health system strengthening (HSS) activities to showcase the work they are doing and the impact that their activities are having on health systems and health outcomes.

Using real-life examples, the Case Competition will allow us to learn what does and does not work when implementing, institutionalizing, and scaling up health system programs and approaches. These case submissions will help inform USAID and its partners’ ongoing work and will contribute to learning syntheses and dissemination under the USAID HSS Learning Agenda to strengthen the global HSS evidence base.

Important Dates

April 6, 2022

Case Competition Opened

June 17, 2022

Case Competition Closed

Week of June 27, 2022

Winners Selected

Week of August 29, 2022 or September 5, 2022

Winners’ Showcase

Case Competition Information

Case Competition Judges

Thomas Bossert

Thomas J. Bossert is a senior lecturer and the director of the International Health Systems Program of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He has many years of experience in international health in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe. His specialties include health reform, decentralization, sustainability, and implementation science, social capital, policy analysis, organizational and institutional analysis, human resources policy, public/private relations, community development, and project design and evaluation.

Dr. Bossert earned his AB from the School of Public and International Affairs (formerly Woodrow Wilson School) at Princeton University and MA and PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of French.

Leizel Lagrada-Rombaua

Dr. Leizel Lagrada-Rombaua is an independent consultant working with global organizations, development partners and Philippine government agencies on health financing reforms, governance in health, and quality assurance. She had been a part of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) for seven years, first as country-representative and member of its steering group and recently in a technical support role for its quality assurance and governance structure. She worked as head executive staff (2010-2015) and concurrently as group vice president at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) with a prior appointment as senior manager for the accreditation department and standards and monitoring department. She led the development of the implementing guidelines for the so-called PCB1 (primary care benefit package 1) and its expanded version, termed as TSEKAP – governing policies on the expanded coverage of the primary care benefit package (Tamang Serbisyo sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya).

Dr. Lagrada-Rombaua started as a municipal health officer in Palawan, Philippines (1997–2001) administering health services as a community physician and a rural health advocate. She worked at the Department of Health (2001–2010) as a medical officer and later as division chief in health policy and planning. Her involvement in the JLN enabled her to learn from and share with peers policy-relevant experiences from low- and middle-income countries like the Philippines that are pursuing similar UHC-related reforms.

Kamaliah Noh

Dr. Kamaliah Mohamad Noh is a technical expert in primary health care operational policy development. She has 25 years of experience at various levels of the public primary health care delivery system, at the district implementation level, the state policy level, and heading the primary health care section of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia. She took up an academic appointment at the University of Cyberjaya for 4 ½ years, teaching public health and community medicine. She has shared Malaysia’s experience in implementing national health policies to attain public health goals at the regional ASEAN and global levels. As an independent consultant, she is involved with R4D’s work on the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage’s primary health care technical initiative and the PHC Financing and Payment collaborative.

Dr. Kamaliah is a Fellow of the Public Health Chapter of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia, holds an MPH from the University of Philippines Manila, a postgraduate diploma in dermatology from the University of London, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Alexandria.

Helen Saxenian

Helen Saxenian is a health economist who has led many projects at Results for Development, primarily focused on immunization. She has been an independent consultant for 18 years, and before that worked for 20 years at the World Bank, in both technical and managerial capacities, primarily in the health sector.  She has worked on broad health sector reform, HIV/AIDS, health insurance reform, provider reimbursement, human resources for health, health public expenditure reviews, pharmaceutical policies, new drug, and vaccine development, and women’s reproductive health.  She is the author of many World Bank sector and policy reports, and external publications.

Ms. Saxenian has a Ph.D. in applied economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in economics from U.C. Berkeley.