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Whitney Fry

Whitney Fry, DrPH, MPH is a global health and gender specialist with a particular focus on social science research and positive systems change in complex environments. Whitney is based in Nairobi, Kenya and offers facilitation, research, and technical assistance to Iris Group clients. Her current portfolio includes Uganda Sanitation for Health (S4H), SHOPS Plus Tanzania, and other Iris Group projects. The S4H activity includes a formal gender and youth analysis to best infuse gender and youth into existing and future programming, while also strengthening organizational capacity for social inclusion. Efforts with SHOPS Plus include training and technical support in best practices and transformative approaches for gender integration, as well as supporting a private provider network for effective gender-based violence (GBV) referral and response across the country. Whitney also provided technical assistance and training services to the recently concluded Jordan Communication, Advocacy, and Policy (J-CAP) project to increase demand for family planning and reproductive health services in the country. 


Before joining Iris Group…

 Over the last 13 years, Whitney has steered vision to improve the health and gender outcomes in Uganda, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and the United States. Most recently as an independent consultant and previously with social enterprises and humanitarian organizations, Whitney both developed and led efforts in health system strengthening, quality improvement of programs and organizational systems, GBV prevention efforts, and gender transformative programming. As a sampling of her work, Whitney has conducted gender analyses with Save the Children in Abyei, South Sudan, as well as with World University Service of Canada in Kalobeyei Settlement in Turkana, Kenya; applied research with tech start-up Nivi in Western Kenya for family planning promotion and youth behavior change, as well as with mHealth enterprise Health-E-Net in Turkana, Kenya for evaluating successes and challenges of a mobile referral network of local health providers; and strengths-based facilitation with the Prevention+ consortium for engaging men and boys in GBV prevention, as well as with PSI for supporting gender transformative integration into youth focused family planning initiative A360.


Whitney holds a DrPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her research focused on GBV prevention through promoting positive masculinity development among refugee male youth in Kakuma, Kenya. Prior to her doctorate, she received an MPH in International Health and Complex Emergencies from Tulane University and a BA in biology from Taylor University. She is a native English speaker and speaks basic Jordanian Arabic.