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emerging leader finalist:


Learn more about Leah McManus below, see our other Ward Cates Emerging Leader finalists, and cast your vote to help choose our 2018 Ward Cates Emerging Leader Award winner. The winning individual will be profiled on the TGHC website and in communications materials and will be presented with the award at the Triangle Global Health Consortium's Annual Award Celebration on May 2 at Top of the Hill Restaurant in front of many of the top regional leaders in global health.
To learn more about about the Ward Cates Emerging Leader award, click here.

Dr. Ward Cates

Each year the Triangle Global Health Consortium recognizes emerging leaders in North Carolina who have demonstrated significant promise and a commitment to improving the health of the world's communities. We are excited to announce our three 2018 finalists and celebrate their leadership, innovation, and spirit of collaboration!

Leah McManus, MA

Leah McManus is a technical program manager at IntraHealth International, where she works to strengthen health systems and build governments’ capacity to support health workers throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Beginning her career in community health systems strengthening, Ms. McManus worked with local partners to implement maternal and child health interventions that empowered communities to take ownership of their health outcomes. Since then, her work has focused on building governments’ capacity to support those on the front lines of care—health workers—to increase the availability and quality of health services. 


Ms. McManus now works with governments to build interoperable health information systems and to use data from these systems to better train, plan, communicate with and manage their health workforces. She also works with community-based organizations to develop and deploy digital health solutions to increase availability of high-quality health services for key populations.


Ms. McManus was the first IntraHealth employee deployed to Liberia during West Africa’s Ebola outbreak. Embedded in the Ministry of Health during the height of the epidemic, she worked side-by-side with ministry officials to develop mHero, a communication platform that allowed health workers in even the remotest communities to have a direct line of communication to their support system. She has continued to work with the Ministry to this day, helping develop their electronic disease surveillance system.

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