Constance Newman

Senior Team Leader, Gender Equality and Health, Intrahealth

About Me: Constance Newman, MSW, MPH is Team Leader for Gender Equality and Health at IntraHealth International. She a global health expert and women’s rights advocate with over 30 years’ experience in East and West Africa, Central/Latin America, Asia, the Near East and the Pacific regions, working to strengthen health and organizational systems in global and country projects, including workforce development, leadership, management and governance, occupational safety and health, and labor rights, and improving health systems response to violence against women.

Her program experience spans family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, primary health care, child survival, water and sanitation, nutrition, developmental disabilities and refugee resettlement. She is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill.

Ms. Newman's research has documented the constellations of workforce gender bias and discrimination, including occupational segregation, sexual harassment, pregnancy and family responsibilities discrimination and stereotyping in educational and employment systems. Ms. Newman has led several research teams and publications, including:

• Newman C, Chama PK, Mugisha M, Matsiko CW, and Oketcho V. Reasons behind the current gender imbalance in senior global health roles and the practice and policy changes that can catalyze organizational change in gendered organizations. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics. 2017. Volume 2, e19.

• Newman C, Ng C, Pacqué-Margolis S, and Frymus D. Integration of gender-transformative interventions in health professional education reform for the 21st century. Human Resources for Health. 2016. 14:14

• Newman C. Time to Address Gender Discrimination and Inequality in the Health Workforce. Human Resources for Health. 2014, 12:25.

• Newman C, Kimeu, A, Penders C, Shamblin, L, Bwonya, J, and McQuide, P. Making Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity for Education a Reality in Kenya’s Pre-Service Health Training Institutions: Results of a Gender Analysis. World Health and Population. 2011. 13(2)11.

• Newman C, De Vries D, Kanakuze J, and Ngendahimana G. Workplace Violence and Gender Discrimination in Rwanda’s Health Workforce: Increasing Safety and Gender Equality. Human Resources for Health. 2011. Vol. 9.

• Newman C, Fogarty L, Makoae NL, and Reavely E. Occupational Segregation, Gender Essentialism and Male Primacy as Major Barriers to Equity in HIV/AIDS Caregiving: Findings from Lesotho. June 2011. International Journal for Equity in Health. Volume 10.

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