Ann E. Downer

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"Education is freedom."
                      -- Andre Gide, Journal.

I believe in the power of education to change the world, and I consider teaching and learning to be acts of personal and social transformation. I enjoy working with public health professionals who have returned to university to seek new ways of solving old problems.

Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services
Associate Professor, Global Health (primary appt.)


EdD   Seattle University, 1996   (Educational Leadership)
MS   University of Washington, 1984   (Health Education)
BA   Western Washington University, 1979   (Education)

Contact Info


International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH)
901 Boren Ave., Suite 1100
Seattle, WA 98104

campus box:   359932
voice:   206-685-6841
fax:   206-221-4945


Ann Downer, MS, EdD, is the founding Director of the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), a center in the University of Washington (UW), Department of Global Health. Dr. Downer is a Senior Lecturer in global health and serves as Principal Investigator for multiple health and training grants within the Department. She also chairs the Department's working group on distance learning.

Dr. Downer's areas of expertise include health communication, persuasion, and behavior change; organizational leadership; and instructional design. She has balanced the leadership of clinical training and systems strengthening organizations with teaching and mentoring students at the UW for more than 25 years. Prior to I-TECH, she founded the UW Center for Health Education and Research and served as the Director of the Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center for 10 years.

Dr. Downer leads a global network that works with local governments to strengthen health systems and improve the quality of public sector health care in under-resourced countries. Under her leadership, I-TECH is playing a central role in the US PEPFAR Initiative's commitment to strengthen sustainable health systems and train 140,000 new health care workers by 2013.

Implementation science; distance education and e-learning; health communication; instructional design; educational leadership; global program management and leadership

Achembong LN, Ashu AM, Hagopian A, Downer A, Barnhart S. Cameroon mid-level providers offer a promising public health dentistry model. Hum Resour Health. 2012 Nov 26;10(1):46. doi: 10.1186/1478-4491-10-46.  PMID: 23181636    PMCID: PMC3529690

Member, thesis committee for Jessica Broz
Are coping strategies used by households during times of food insecurity associated with nutritional status for children under 5 in Lao PDR?

Chair, capstone for Garrett Meyers
Curriculum development for a distance learning, one year faculty development fellowship for military family medicine residency faculty

International Training and Education Center on HIV (I-TECH)

I-TECH is funded by HRSA to coordinate human capacity development activities for the Global AIDS Program (GAP) field offices of CDC throughout the world. I-TECH currently operates projects in Botswana, the Caribbean Region, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand, and Zimbabwe and maintains fully operational offices in three of these countries. I-TECH activities are diverse and include assessing capacity and need for clinical training, designing national and regional clinical training programs, conducting clinical training, evaluating the outcome of capacity development efforts, producing curricula and media-based learning tools, and providing technical experts for all aspects of HIV/AIDS clinic operations.

Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Initiative

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides this funding to advance development of the CHART network in the Caribbean region. The CHART Initiative is establishing and expanding a broad network of national HIV/AIDS training centers throughout the Caribbean, all coordinated by a regional center located at the University of the West Indies.

The Synergy Project

The Synergy Project is funded by USAID to increase the use of improved, effective, and sustainable responses to reduce HIV transmission and mitigate the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. UW CHER is a partner to the prime contractor in WA DC and maintains a working team on the west coast in order to develop and update a web-enhanced resource center for support of HIV/AIDS program managers and to publish technical updates on emerging issues in global HIV programming.

Sample of Media Production with Cascade Health Communication

(Executive Producer)

  • Tambaram Journeys: Working Together to Respond to HIV/AIDS in Southern India AID
  • Epidemiology of the Caribbean Region: A Teaching Tool
  • Haba Na Haba: Stories of Health and Culture in Kenya
  • Double Jeopardy: Management of the HIV/Hepatitis C Co-Infected Patient
  • Community Support is Strong Medicine: Three Natives Share Their Stories About Living With HIV/AIDS
  • Occupational Exposure to HIV: Recommendations for PEP with Dr. David Spach
  • Oral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS: An Update with Joel Epstein, DMD, MSD, FRCD
  • Listen and Guide: Delivering Mental Health Care in HIV-Affected Alaskan Villages
  • Tumaini: Stories of Hope and Change in Kenya
  • Profile: Regional AIDS Training Network for Southern and Eastern Africa