Christina Bowles is Program Director, Sierra Leone for Last Mile Health. In this role, Christina oversees our partnership with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone to strengthen the implementation of the newly integrated community health program. The team in Sierra Leone leads several initiatives, including quality assurance of pre-service training for community health workers, partnering with the Ministry to operationalize the National CHW Program, co-designing sub-national exemplars in community health research, and digital training for the COVID-19 response.
Christina is passionate about implementing effective programs that meet the needs of key stakeholders and generate actionable results. Prior to joining the Sierra Leone team, Christina served as Interim Managing Director for the Global Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) team at Last Mile Health. In that role she oversaw global team support to MERL work across all Last Mile Health country programs. She was also the MERL lead for the Ethiopia and Sierra Leone country programs where she led the co-design of internal evaluations for multiple projects related to upskilling community and frontline health workers. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Christina led the MEL department of OneVillage Partners, a community-led development organization in Sierra Leone, where there is a strong focus on participatory and community-focused evaluation methods. Christina also has experience coordinating multi-country Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health academic research projects and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) research. Christina holds a MPH in Community Health & Prevention from Drexel University and a BA in Biology from Hope College.