Sarah V. Harlan

Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) | Senior Program Officer/Learning Director, K4Health

Sarah has more than fourteen years of experience in the field of family planning and reproductive health, nine of which have focused on the use of knowledge management techniques to strengthen health programs. A passionate writer and communicator, she has experience developing messages and producing communications products for a range of audiences—including health service providers, donors, journalists, research staff, policy makers, and clients—with a particular focus on making research results actionable. She also has a particular interest in using communication and advocacy techniques to support women’s access to a range of contraceptive methods and new HIV prevention technologies.

Sarah has worked with Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) since 2011. Her work on the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project has focused on a number of activities to enhance knowledge exchange among family planning service providers and program implementers. At the country level, she has implemented knowledge needs assessments and provided technical assistance to strengthen local-level capacity in using knowledge management to improve family planning programs. She also manages the Improving Contraceptive Method Mix (ICMM) project in Indonesia—which uses evidence-based advocacy and knowledge management strategies to improve the uptake of long-acting and permanent methods of contraception (LAPMs)—and has also led K4Health activities in Ethiopia. She has co-authored a number of technical publications and journal articles for K4Health, including the Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs and the KM4Dev Journal article “Mapping Networks to Improve Knowledge Exchange Among Family Planning and Reproductive Health Organizations in Ethiopia.”

Sarah received her masters from the Maternal and Child Health Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her BA from Grinnell College.