Awoke Misganaw Temesgen

Awoke Misganaw Temesgen, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, he leads sub-national burden of disease collaborative initiative between IHME and Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). Temesgen is advisor for the National Data Management Center (NDMC) and its Burden of Disease Unit located at EPHI, which focuses on continuously gathering data available at research institutes, academics and agencies in Ethiopia; storing, managing, sharing, analyzing, and synthesizing available data; and timely disseminating and facilitating the use of evidence, including burden of disease estimates for public health impact, by the Ministry of Health and its partners. Temesgen's interests are in the sub-national burden of disease analysis, in causes of death, in data science and systems in resource-poor settings, in building data systems and analytic capacity, in networking and collaboration, and in translating evidence to health policy. He is initiating a project that supports subnational burden of disease analysis and build capacity for NDMC and its burden of disease unit in Ethiopia. Temesgen is also passionate about teaching and mentoring students and research fellows.

Temesgen studied at School of Public Health in Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, earning his master’s degree (MPH) and a PhD in public health. He has completed a post-graduate fellowship at the University of Washington. He is currently stationed at the Ethiopia Public Health Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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