Ann Downer

Ann Downer, EdD, has worked as a public health professional in domestic and international settings for 40 years and was the founding Executive Director of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. Dr. Downer holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership.

She began her career as an educator with Planned Parenthood International and later worked as a trainer, curriculum specialist, and manager in public and private schools, clinics and hospitals, non-profits/NGOs, health departments, and national Ministries of Health and Education around the world. In the mid-80s, Dr. Downer was an early recruit in the domestic fight against HIV/AIDS; during those years, she and her team supported development of behavioral research protocols and produced some of the first AIDS prevention campaigns in Washington State. Many of those mass media campaigns, curriculum products, and behavioral interventions are still in use today.

Dr. Downer left the health department in 1989 for an appointment on the faculty of the UW Department of Health Services, and she was among the first faculty members invited to join the UW Department of Global Health when it was established in 2007. In addition to founding I-TECH, Dr. Downer has also taught courses on mass media in health, educational theory, and health promotion planning over the years. More recently, she has taught large online and classroom-based graduate courses on global health management and leadership skills. Dr. Downer received the UW’s highest honor for Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning in 2015. In 2020, Dr. Downer became a professor emeritus in the Department of Global Health.

Program Highlights

Building the Capacity of the Health Workforce in India
I-TECH India PL has worked with stakeholders to develop national training curricula for health care staff on delivering HIV care and treatment services. In addition, it has:
  • Planned and implemented training programs for various cadres of clinical and program staff;
  • Participated in medical officer training programs at the national ...
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Clinic Ward-Based Outreach Team (WBOT) Program in South Africa
I-TECH supported the implementation of a Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) phased intervention to enhance ward-based Outreach Team (WBOT) ...
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Continuous Quality Improvement Collaborative in the Caribbean
Since 2013, I-TECH has led quality improvement (QI) collaboratives in the Caribbean region, enabling multidisciplinary teams at health facilities to work toward a common goal of improving care and treatment for HIV-positive patients ...
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Differentiated HIV Service Delivery Models in Tanzania
In October 2016, the Government of Tanzania adopted the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Treat All recommendations. The adoption of WHO recommendations, coupled with the Government of Tanzania’s acceptance of the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets represents a significant commitment to the fight against HIV in Tanzania ...
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