Professor Sheila Leatherman CBE is a Research Professor at the School of Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Visiting Professor of the London School of Economics.
She conducts research and policy analysis internationally focusing on quality of care, health systems reform, methodologies for evaluating the performance of health care systems, and integrating microfinance and community health interventions for poverty reduction.
She was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002 as a member of the Institute of Medicine and made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (2006).
In the field of health care quality, she worked from 1997-2008 as an independent evaluator of the impact of government reforms on quality of care in the National Health Service of the UK (resulting in three books). In 2007, she was awarded the honour of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth for her work over the past decade in the National Health Service.
In the US, she has authored a series of books on quality of health care; general (2002), child and adolescent health (2004), Medicare population (2005). She coauthored the first national report for Canada on quality, commissioned by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, published in 2010.
She is a Senior Fellow at IHI, working both domestically and internationally with countries, health systems and health care quality related research and evaluation. She currently acts as an advisor to Afghanistan for a national quality strategy through USAID/URC.
Her second field of research and practice is in the emerging field of integrating microfinance with community health interventions. She served as the research advisor to a four year demonstration project, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and test innovations to link health programs with microcredit in India, West Africa, Bolivia and the Philippines as a global strategy for poverty reduction and health protection; led a two year project to assess the global evidence of the impact of systematically integrating microfinance and health access interventions for the poor; and reviewed the global evidence to write a commissioned strategy working paper for the International Labour Organization.
She has a broad background in health care management in State and Federal health agencies, as chief executive of an HMO, and as a senior executive of United Health Group in the U.S. She is active in humanitarian relief in the developing world through serving for two organizations as a Trustee and active volunteer; Freedom from Hunger (microcredit and health) and the American Refugee Committee (refugees and displaced persons in eight countries).
- Microenterprise NGO
- American Refugee Committee
- Freedom from Hunger