Cultural Practice, LLC’s approach to health puts users at the center of strengthening health systems. We help clients to assess health system equity, responsiveness, quality, and barriers to access from the perspectives of the diverse populations they serve. Our health staff and consultants offer multidisciplinary perspectives and skills, including anthropology, economics, midwifery, public health, governance, communications, demography, sociology, nutrition and epidemiology.
CP’s work in health includes the design and evaluation of health strategies and programs, and the development of training programs and knowledge management tools. As a primary subcontractor on the Health Policy Initiative IQC, CP designed and facilitated gender and health training, policy analysis, and program management tools. CP also led the design of the USAID Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) Gender and Health K4Health Toolkit.
Examples of Our Work
CP evaluated a number of path breaking global maternal health programs, among them the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program aimed to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity by focusing on critical emergency obstetric care interventions in low resource environments of developing countries through a human rights-based approach.
CP developed tools for USAID program managers and collaborating implementing agencies to select appropriate livelihood program options for different groups of adolescent girls to reduce the economic vulnerabilities that make them susceptible to HIV transmission. This guide reflects lessons learned from a literature review. A Program Design Tool was also developed.
CP has been a key partner in several USAID efforts to develop policy guidance and programming since gender-based violence emerged as a central focus in USAID’s efforts to improve women’s lives worldwide. As part of multi-sectoral mission gender assessments, we routinely analyze the incidence and related contributing factors to GBV in the local context. We also advise USAID Missions on the capacity of governmental and nongovernmental resources in country to address and prevent GBV as part of the assessment process. CP has also conducted training and strategic planning on GBV in Missions. We contributed to the USAID Interagency Gender Working Group’s training module on GBV and drafted sections of the REDSO’s GBV strategy. CP designed a participatory process for responding to and preventing GBV at the municipal level and implemented in Bolivia; it has also been adapted and implemented by others in other countries.
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