Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide

Gail Kennedy, MPH

Director of Programs
Deputy Director for Global Strategic Information
Prevention & Public Health Group

Gail E. Kennedy is Director of Programs, and Deputy Director for Global Strategic Information at PPHG. She is also Co-Managing Editor of the Cochrane Review Group on HIV/AIDS, which she established at UCSF with Dr. George Rutherford in 1997. Since 2004, Ms. Kennedy has led PPHG’s efforts in international HIV/AIDS capacity building, research and technical assistance, in alliances with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and many other academic, government and non-government organization partners.

In addition to working closely with funders and implementing partners in more than 30 countries, Ms. Kennedy has designed and led workshops for health ministry personnel and other public health leaders in such topics as data interpretation and use, data triangulation, monitoring and evaluation, and epidemiologic surveillance in key populations at risk of HIV infection. She has coordinated PPHG’s efforts in international health guideline development, leading systematic review and other research synthesis projects commissioned for the purpose of informing numerous HIV/AIDS and reproductive health guidelines for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies.

Ms. Kennedy received her BA in Political Science from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California in 1985. She then served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. On returning from Sierra Leone, Ms. Kennedy earned her MPH from Columbia University, graduating in 1993. Ms. Kennedy came to UCSF in 1995.