CASE Chat with Karen Clune, Senior Innovation Advisor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID

This month’s CASE Chat features Karen Clune, Senior Innovation Advisor, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID.

Karen will be joining us later this month at our annual Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) Summit and Symposium. SEAD, in partnership with USAID and the USAID Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), works with 25 global health social entrepreneurs primarily in India and East Africa to identify, assess, help develop, build capacity of, and scale solutions, technologies, and business models for healthcare delivery and preventive services.

Join us at the public symposium being held at the Trent Semans Center at Duke University on April 1st. For more information and to register:

On challenges in global health:

“Many of our innovators will have immense skills in either the technicalities of their work or perhaps have an interesting business model but the technical aspects might not be that well along. We recognize that they need mentorship and support in scaling so we’ve been excited through the HESN Network to partner with Duke and the SEAD Program.”

On the role of social entrepreneurs:

“The element about social entrepreneurship that is important to what we do is that social entrepreneurs come with the business minded approaches. The idea of long term planning, really thinking about the implementation and the execution.”

On advice for students aspiring to work in global health:

“I would encourage students to go out in the field, get experience, see the problems first hand, talk with people. Find out what daily life is like, go and price things out, walk through someone’s shoes.”

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About Karen Clune:

Karen Clune is the Senior Innovation Advisor in the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact in the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. In that role, Karen provides technical assistance to support partnerships and innovation-related initiatives. Karen works in identifying and developing initiatives, partnerships, and/or activities that support innovations in global health, including those with a maternal and child health focus. In addition, she provides technical assistance to the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge by helping to plan subsequent global challenges in coordination with the partners and Savings Lives at Birth team members.

About USAID:

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) programs in global health represent the commitment and determination of the U.S. Government to prevent suffering, save lives, and create a brighter future for families in the developing world. USAID’s commitment to improving global health includes confronting global health challenges through improving the quality, availability, and use of essential health services. USAID’s objective is to improve global health, including child, maternal, and reproductive health, and reduce abortion and disease, especially HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. Learn more about USAID here.

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