Chief of DGHA Epidemiology and Stategic Information Branch:Laura Porter, PhD
Laura Porter, PhD, chief, DGHA Epidemiology and Strategic Information Branch, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, CDC Center for Global Health (CGH), has over 15 years of experience in domestic and global public health, specializing in survey design and analysis, surveillance, and program monitoring and evaluation (M&E). She came to the DGHA surveillance team in 2004 and moved to the monitoring and evaluation team in 2006, where she has served at the team leader since 2007.
Her experience includes community-based HIV education in rural Africa, evaluation of HIV, family planning, and adolescent health programs in the U.S., design and analysis of U.S. national family and reproductive health surveys, and technical assistance and support for surveillance and M&E in many African countries, including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Laura’s had the privilege of learning from and working with valued colleagues at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the University of Michigan Population Center, the Urban Institute Population Center, the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Population Center, Family Health International, and the International Eye Foundation.
She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi from 1990-1994, serving first as a secondary school teacher and then as a community health specialist. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988, with a major in Behavioral Biology, from the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Philosophy in 2002, with a major in Demography and Epidemiology, from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University