2022 Leadership Journey Project: Safety for Women on the Frontlines of Global Health
Sara Clements is a Health Scientist and lead for the Global Immunization Workforce Development Team with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her team works closely with Ministries of Health in low-and middle- income countries to develop and implement workforce and organizational improvement research, strategy, and interventions with a focus on improving gender equity, safety, and motivation among healthcare workers. In her time at CDC, Sara has more than 15 years of global experience in building programs and partnerships, translating science into action, and creating innovative tools, processes, and strategies to improve outcomes.
Prior to her work in immunization, Sara was heavily engaged in CDC’s global health security work. She served as the Associate Director for Policy and Communication, where she led partnership engagement, health policy, and communication strategy, and as a Senior Global Health Security (GHS) Advisor, where she focused on health diplomacy and strategy for CDC and the United States Government. Earlier, she led the GHS Regional Team for Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific, providing oversight and coordination of GHS work in eight countries.
Sara was also an Emergency Medical Technician for 5 years, working part-time on an ambulance and at major events to provide emergency patient assessment, treatment, and transport. She earned her Master of Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Santa Clara University.