Who We Are
Dilys Walker, MD – Executive Director, USA
Dilys Walker is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Global Health at the University of Washington. She is also an invited Professor at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, where she worked from 1998 to 2010 in the Department of Reproductive Health. She is a practicing Obstetrician Gynecologist and has worked to implement and evaluate strategies designed promote evidence based practices in basic maternal care, such as integrating professional midwifery into the Mexican public health system and is now looking to deliver PRONTO regionally and worldwide.
Susanna Cohen, MSN, CNM – Deputy Executive Director, USA
Susanna Cohen is an Assistant Professor with the Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Utah, College of Nursing. In addition to full-scope midwifery, she is responsible for evidence-based development, integration and evaluation of high-fidelity simulation OB/GYN experiences for midwifery students. Susanna has collaborated since 2007 with the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico, in the training and integration of professional midwives into the care system. Birthing PRONTO has been a labor of love.
Jenifer Fahey, CNM, MSN, MPH – Simulation Program Director, USA
Jenifer is Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to her clinical practice as a full-scope midwife she is also the Program Director for the Maryland Advanced Perinatal Support Services and the Center for Outreach Medicine, Provider Awareness and Competency Training (COMPACT) – a center for simulation and other immersive training. Her research interests include breastfeeding, electronic fetal heart rate monitoring, simulation, shoulder dystocia and patient safety. Jenifer was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico.
Jimena Fritz Hernández, MD, MSc, PhD candidate – Program Coordinator and Trainer, Mexico
Jimena Fritz Hernandez, originally from Mexico City, Mexico, is a Surgeon who graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). She has a Masters in Health Sciences, with specialization in Epidemiology from the National Public Health Institute (INSP). She is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology from the INSP. Dr. Jimena Fritz served as Deputy Coordinator in the Coordination of Community Services at the Faculty of Medicine UNAM in 2008. She was President of the Association of Students of the School of Public Health of Mexico in 2009 and 2010 received a scholarship for the academic exchange Emory University in Atlanta in 2009 and took part in a short stay at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) in the United States, through a CONACT scholarship to complete her thesis project in 2010. Jimena currently is working in the Directorate of Reproductive Health Center dependency Population Health Research (CISP) within the INSP, where she has been the PRONTO Project Coordinator since 2010.
Marisela Olvera García, MD, MSc – Research Assistant and Trainer, Mexico
Marisela carries out statistical analyses and manages the PRONTO project database. She also works in training for obstetric emergencies as a certified facilitator for PRONTO. She is an oral surgeon, trained at the School of Dentistry at the University of Mexico (UNAM); she received a Master's Degree in Health Sciences with a specialization in Epidemiology and was trained at the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca in 2011. She has also participated in various conferences, including the International Congress of Maxillofacial Prostheses in Havana, Cuba, and in the poster presentation at the Mexican General Hospital.
Dolores has her Masters in Rural Development from the Independent Metropolitan University –Xochimilco, and her bachelors in sociology from the Independent Metropolitan University - Azcapotzalco. She is a researcher in “Medical Sciences – C” at the Center for Population Health Studies at the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca since 1993. She was a research assistant at the Salvador Zubirán National Institute for Nutrition, and a member of the College of Professors of Reproductive Health Sciences, as an adjunct professor. She taught research methods in sexual and reproductive health as an adjunct professor in Social Sciences in Health, and was an invited instructor of demography for five years. Her interests include the social determinants of health, maternal mortality, obstetric emergency training for medical and alternative personnel, professional and traditional midwifery, health education in indigenous populations, and migration and health.
Francesca Holme, MPH – Research Coordinator, USA
As a research coordinator in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, Francesca supports the research activities associated with PRONTO. Francesca’s previous experience includes delivering training for youth health promoters and traditional birth attendants in rural Nicaragua as a Peace Corps volunteer, creating trainings for the public health workforce in the Pacific Northwest, and developing strategic communications materials on US health care policy.
Julia Dettinger, MPH - Research Coordinator, USA
Julia is a Research Coordinator with the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, working with the PRONTO Team. Julia provides research support and study coordination for a quasi-experimental implementation trial of the obstetric and neonatal emergency training program, PRONTO. Julia is interested in maternal and reproductive health. Prior to joining the PRONTO team, spent three years as Executive Director of Global Health through Education, Training and Service, a small NGO emphasizing incorporation of community –based medical approaches into health professionals education. Julia has a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Politics from Mount Holyoke College.
Kimberly Calkins, MA – Commercialization Director and Program Coordinator, USA
Kimberly serves dual roles at PRONTO International. As Commercialization Director, she oversees the commercialization and development of PRONTO International’s PRONTOPack. In her role as Program Coordinator, she works for the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, working with the PRONTO Team coordinating PRONTO’s research efforts in Latin America. Kimberly’s previous experiences include evaluating maternal health programs in Nicaragua, working on development and advocacy efforts for the Big Push for Midwives Campaign and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, as well as working at Sea Mar Community Health Centers as a Birth Doula for Hispanic Women. She is a Certified DONA Birth Doula, and holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Women Studies and Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington.
PRONTO International is at its core a sustainable local program. None of the work can be done without the dedication of the National Institute of Public Health (ISNP) PRONTO support team, State Training Brigades, the representatives from funding and government agencies, or the numerous volunteers who have so generously given of their time and energy.