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Shelah Bloom

Shelah Bloom, PhD, MA, BA, provides technical assistance and research services on GBV and M&E. She is Research Assistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Senior Technical Advisor on the USAID MEASURE Evaluation project. She is widely recognized for her research contributions to the field on sexual behavior, gender-based violence, and reproductive health; population and health policies and programs; and gender indicators. Most recently, Shelah led the multi-donor initiative to arrive at standardized indicators on Gender and HIV, culminating in the publication in late 2013 of the Compendium of Indicators on Gender and HIV (UNAIDS and others). She is the author of Gender and Health Data and Statistics, an annotated guide in collaboration with the WHO (2012) that pulls together the range of available tools that program managers and policy-makers can use to access data sources, analytic tools and frameworks on gender and health. In 2008, in collaboration with an international panel of experts, she wrote Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G): A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators (Bloom 2008), now being used by VAW/G programmatic streams around the world funded by USAID, PEPFAR, and various UN organizations such as WHO. Her research has focused on reproductive health and maternal health outcomes, gender effects on maternal health, HIV/AIDS and STIs, and advancing the state of indicators to measure gender and health outcomes. She also is working to advance the emerging field of gender-related monitoring and evaluation, including indicator development and new evaluations in gender and health to show how the integration of gender equality factors change programmatic impact. Shelah has worked in South Asia for over 30 years on topics ranging from maternal health to family planning and HIV/AIDS. Recent research has taken her to Rwanda and Botswana to develop M&E plans with government ministries. Shelah has been a member of USAID's Inter-agency Gender Working Group Technical Advisory Group since 2009. She served as a member of the University of North Carolina’s IRB (internal review board) for four years and has submitted and received IRB approval for numerous research efforts across her career.

She holds a Doctorate in Population and International Health and a Master's degree in Maternal and Child Health, from the Harvard University School of Public Health; a Master's degree in South Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Shelah is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and has lived in India and Pakistan. Shelah is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.