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Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Health Systems

Elizabeth Stierman, PhD ’22, MPH '11, evaluates approaches to improve quality of care, address social determinants, and advance equity in maternal and child health.

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Research Interests

program evaluation; implementation research; quality improvement; health equity; maternal health; newborn health; child health; social determinants of health; health systems; primary health care; mixed methods; survey research; geospatial analysis

Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Texas A&M University

Dr. Elizabeth Stierman is a public health scientist with expertise in program evaluation, implementation research, and quality improvement. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating approaches to improve the quality of maternal and child health services; to address social and structural determinants of health; and to advance equity in maternal and child health. Dr. Stierman brings to her research over a decade of practice-based experience as a program manager and technical advisor. She has collaborated with communities and health departments to design, implement, and evaluate health programs in a variety of domestic and international settings. She is currently co-investigator on the Maryland Maternal Health Innovation Program (MDMOM).

Honors & Awards

Excellence in Public Health Practice as part of the MDMOM team (2022)
JHU Gordis Teaching Fellow (2021)
JHU Global Health Field Research Award (2020)
CRS President's Outstanding Achievement Award as part of the Global Fund Malaria team (2017)
Council of Women World Leaders' Public Health & Policy Fellow (2011)
JHU Sommer Scholar (2010)

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  • Stierman EK, Zimmerman LA, Shiferaw S, Seme A, Ahmed S, Creanga AA. Understanding variation in person-centered maternity care: Results from a household survey of postpartum women in 6 regions of Ethiopia. AJOG Glob Rep. 2022;3(1):100140. doi:10.1016/j.xagr.2022.100140

  • Bower KM, Kramer B, Warren N, Ahmed S, Callaghan-Koru J, Stierman E, Wilson C, Lawson S, Creanga A. Development of an instrument to measure awareness and mitigation of bias in maternal health care [published online ahead of print, 2023 Jan 19]. Am J Obstet Gynecol MFM. 2023;100872. 10.1016/j.ajogmf.2023.100872

  • Stierman EK, Ahmed S, Shiferaw S, Zimmerman LA, Creanga AA. Measuring facility readiness to provide childbirth care: a comparison of indices using data from a health facility survey in Ethiopia. BMJ Global Health 2021;6:e006698. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2021-006698

  • Stierman EK, O'Brien BT, Stagg J, et al. Statewide Perinatal Quality Improvement, Teamwork, and Communication Activities in Oklahoma and Texas. Qual Manag Health Care. 2023;32(3):177-188. doi:10.1097/QMH.0000000000000407

  • Stierman E, Shiferaw S, Ahmed S, et al. Readiness, access, and use of facility childbirth care in Ethiopia: results from nationally representative linked household and health facility surveys. Journal of Global Health Reports. 2023;7:e2023041. doi:10.29392/001c.81640