Madeleine Ballard

Madeleine Ballard

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DPhil student

Madeleine Ballard is a Rhodes Scholar and doctoral candidate in Social Intervention. Prior to joining the department, Madeleine engineered the launch and expansion of Last Mile Health’s flagship community health worker program in Liberia's most remote district. This "Last Mile model" has been featured onstage by President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative and recognized by prestigious early-stage grantmakers like the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, the Pershing Square Foundation, and the Mulago Foundation. Madeleine continues to work with the Liberian Ministry of Health as this program is scaled up across the country. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, she has previously worked with global health equity initiatives as diverse as the Harvard Global Health and AIDS Coalition, Peer Health Exchange, and the research team for Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Arthur Kleinman and Dr. Jim Kim’s textbook, Reimagining Global Health.


Madeleine studies the effects of interventions to improve the performance of community health workers for primary health care outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. Though widely promoted as a means to provide primary healthcare in resource poor settings as early as the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration, community health workers (CHWs) have recently become the subject of renewed interest in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) facing a growing human resource crisis. As a complement to this work, Madeleine has recently led a cross-departmental collaboration to put forth key recommendations on how better evidence-generation can be undertaken and supported within social innovation in health and completed research on methodological issues related to the evaluation of complex social interventions.

Guest Lecturer, Key Concepts in Global Health, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine (King’s College London)