Jessica is an Associate Director at Dalberg Implement. Following a twenty-year international health career spanning sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, Jessica has joined the management team at Dalberg Implement and advises clients and internal teams on thematic areas centered on public health, with a focus on enabling resilient community systems as an entry point for sustainable impact and social transformation.
Before joining Dalberg, Jessica led the community health portfolio at UNICEF Uganda as part of the intelligent community health systems initiative (iCoHS) funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Jessica worked closely with the Uganda Ministry of Health (MOH) to support the development of the country’s first community health strategy which is slated to launch in 2022. With the Uganda MOH Division of Health Information momentum was built upon the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic as an enabler of data-driven insights to foster a culture of data use in support of community health systems strengthening. Jessica led the team that pioneered capacity-building support for MOH to leverage the use of digitally enabled decision support tools for community health workers.
Early in her global health career, Jessica led HIV treatment adherence trials and published results to dispute unsubstantiated concerns that Africans may not adhere to antiretroviral treatment. The transformative potential of communities was evident then. Jessica has broad experience across the spectrum of health programming from design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to policy application with deep and vast engagements with host governments, non-governmental organizations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and the private sector. With proficiency in health systems strengthening, global health security, reproductive, maternal and child health, infectious disease focal areas of HIV, TB, and malaria, as well as continuous quality improvement, Jessica has concluded that impactful engagement is more likely served without a disease-focused lens but anchored more holistically on cross-sectoral engagement at a hyperlocal level, and founded upon human-centered design principles.
Dr. Oyugi has held leadership positions at USAID/Uganda, US-CDC/Malawi, and WHO/Lao PDR. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and General Medicine fellowship at the University of California San Francisco and holds a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine after completing undergraduate studies in Natural Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.