Jenny Ruducha

Research Scientist, International Health

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, DrPH and MPH

  • Office: Crosstown Center, CT396
  • Phone: 617-414-1433
  • Email: jruducha@bu.edu

Jenny Ruducha, MPH, DrPH has been working in the health and development sector with a focus on program planning, evaluation and health services research for over 30 years, including living in India for 8 years. She has recently joined Boston University Center for Global Health and Development as a Research Scientist, Co-Principal Investigator and Technical Lead for the India Orphan and Vulnerable Children Project. She began her public health work as a nurse and state coordinator for a federally funded migrant health program. She further developed a project on the health status and use of health services by Haitian, African-American and Mexican migrant children that became the focus of her doctoral dissertation at Johns Hopkins University. A two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Society and Health Program at Harvard School of Public Health broadened her research interests to social determinants of health. During her last four-year stay in India (2004-2008), Dr. Ruducha developed an impact evaluation of Sure Start, a large-scale program to improve newborn survival in Uttar Pradesh and model specific urban slum health evaluation projects in 7 cities in Maharashtra implemented by consortium of NGO’s led by PATH. The program evaluation will be completed in 2011. Since her return from India in 2008, Dr. Ruducha has been a consultant conducting applied research projects and mid-term evaluations of various programs including: a neonatal resuscitation project in Indonesia; team leader for the Saving Newborn Lives II, Save the Children programs in Bangladesh and Pakistan; and reviews of the USAID/India Vistaar and MCH-STAR Programs. Her current interests include application of inter-disciplinary concepts and methodologies such as social capital and organizational/social network analysis as well as impact evaluation to improve the effectiveness of programs delivering health services to mothers, newborns, children and other vulnerable groups.