Ruwaida Salem

Ruwaida Salem - 2017 Nominee
Position: Associate Managing Editor
Organization: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Current Location: United States, North America
MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
BS Dietetics
Graduate Certificate in User Experience Design
Ruwaida Salem has worked to advance family planning worldwide for 15 years, most recently by leading a new, open-access peer-review journal (Global Health: Science and Practice) that highlights the “how” of family planning program implementation. – Tara Sullivan, KM Director at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Over the past 15 years, I have contributed to several seminal resources used by family planning professionals around the world, including Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers (one of WHO's 4 cornerstones of family planning guidance) and Elements of Family Planning Success (Population Reports). In my role as editor for Global Health: Science and Practice, described by others as a "must-read" journal, I help authors communicate and disseminate their program results and lessons learned in family planning and other global health areas effectively so that readers can adapt tested approaches. I also have been working on the Knowledge Management (KM) S-Process for Global Health Programs to help others implement a systematic KM strategy to enhance the effectiveness of health programs.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

While working at a research institute in the West Bank of Palestine, I worked on one particular evaluation of a project in hard-to-reach rural areas. While envisioned as a family planning project, our evaluation discovered that the project was not only providing women with much-needed access to family planning but was also responding to the community's demand for a broader range of services. It was then that I realized that family planning could be a gateway to meeting women's holistic needs.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

As part of my work on the KM S-Process, we are developing a Training Package to help others working in family planning and global health build skills and capacity in KM. I would use the money to expand the Training Package into other formats to facilitate self-study and training of trainers, for example by developing recorded lectures of the presentation slides. If health professionals have access to the critical knowledge needed to do their jobs, they can help save and improve people's lives.

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