2022 Leadership Journey Project: Catalyzing a leadership mindset among female health care workers
Dr. Grace Miheso is a public health and development professional with extensive programmatic experience in malaria, reproductive health, and family planning, maternal, newborn, and child health programming. She has worked with regional, intergovernmental institutions, national governments, and communities in the East African region. Currently, Dr. Miheso is the Chief of Party of Breakthrough ACTION Kenya, a project of the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Communication Programs, and USAID’s social and behavior change (SBC) flagship project.
In this role, Grace provides strategic and programmatic oversight in the implementation of malaria and maternal, child, and adolescent health SBC initiatives that support the Ministry of Health’s goals. Grace previously worked with USAID Kenya and East Africa mission as the Senior Regional Maternal and Child Health Specialist where she provided technical support to USAID missions and intergovernmental organizations in the Eastern African region in the maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, and health systems strengthening efforts. She has also worked with UNICEF Kenya and PATH Kenya where she supported various programs and focused on scaling up evidence-based routine health services and developing sector-specific policies, strategies, and guidelines.
Grace has conducted various operational and evaluation research activities and developed communication materials including design and field testing. In her free time, Grace is a Rotarian and has supported many programs in health, education, and water and sanitation to reach the most vulnerable population. Grace currently serves as an Assistant Governor for District 9212 where she supports 4 Rotary Clubs in Nairobi. Grace loves the outdoors and will usually be found hiking the trails or running half marathons. Grace recently summitted Uhuru Peak, the highest point of Africa on Mt. Kilimanjaro.