mHealth Global


mHealth Global is the University of Washington’s space for faculty and select students to discuss works in progress related to mHealth in the global health space. The driving idea behind the group is to bring together the various groups on campus working on the development, measurement and scaling up of mHealth technologies in resource limited settings. Rather than serve as a simple seminar series, this group aims to be truly interactive and result in an authentic exchange of ideas and experiences which will result in superior science and outcomes.

Works in progress, collaboration brainstorming, discussions of best and worst practices, as well as strategies and methods to measure impact and take effective tools to scale, all inform this group. mHealth Global also serves as an informal platform to connect individuals across schools and departments and foster innovative, cutting edge research to better health and humanity.

mHealth Global began in March of 2017 and meets monthly. Group members volunteer to discuss their works in progress, as feasible and appropriate.

To join the working group or subscribe to the mailing list, please contact

mHealth Global Leadership

Jennifer Unger, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of OBGYN and Global Health and clinical researcher focusing on the utilization of novel technologies and behavioral interventions to improve global maternal child health and family planning. With collaborators from computer science and global health at the University of Washington and University of Nairobi, Dr. Unger designed Mobile WACh (Mobile Solutions for Women’s and Children’s Health) a unique mobile platform harnessing the capability of the computer-human interaction to send and receive personalized, tailored and novel messaging with pregnant and post-partum women in Kenya.

Sarah Gimbel, RN, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Child Nursing and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She is Co-Director of the UW Center for Global Health Nursing and a senior technical advisor at Health Alliance International where she specializes in implementation research focusing on intervention development and testing for strengthening health systems (quality improvement, process flow mapping, cascade analysis, provider decision support tools), and the evaluation of implementation processes to identify drivers of success. She is PI of a NIH-funded study adapting an excel-based cascade analysis tool to a smart phone based application and testing its feasibility and acceptability as part of a larger systems analysis and improvement approach in Kenya and Mozambique.