• Affiliate Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Team Lead, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition, PATH

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Kiersten Israel-Ballard, DrPH, is Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and Team Lead for PATH’s Maternal Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition program. She has over 20 years of experience in assessing and supporting methods for optimal infant and young child feeding. Her work has largely focused on conceptualizing appropriate infant feeding methods for vulnerable infants in developing countries. In her current role, Dr. Israel-Ballard leads the human milk bank initiative at PATH. This has included establishing global teams for working with local governments to ensure sustainable implementation, conducting advocacy for human milk banking as a cost-effective strategy for improving health of vulnerable infants, establishing a global technical advisory group, leading rigorous evaluations to determine impact, and developing innovative human milk banking technologies for resource-limited settings. She has worked at all health levels in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and India. She has a DrPH degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

  • BA (University of California (Santa Cruz))
  • MPH (University of California (Berkeley))
  • DrPH (University of California (Berkeley))
Health Topics 
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Health Technologies
  • Implementation Science
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Nutrition
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Israel-Ballard K, Cohen J, Mansen K, Parker M, Engmann C, Kelley M, Brooks E, Chatzixiros E, Clark D, Grummer-Strawn L, Hartmann B, Kennedy S, Kent G, Mwangome M, Nyirenda D, Perrin MT, Picaud J-C, Reimers P, Roest J, Romero-Maldonado S, Smith J, Subrahmanian P, Sunder-Plassmann A, Weaver G, Zambrano PA. Call to action for equitable access to human milk for vulnerable infants. The Lancet Global Health. Elsevier; 2019 Nov 1;7(11):e1484–e1486. PMID: 31607455

DeMarchis A, Israel-Ballard K, Mansen KA, Engmann C. Establishing an integrated human milk banking approach to strengthen newborn care. Journal of Perinatology. 2016. Doi: 10.1038/jp.2016.198.

Shenker N. Maintaining safety and service provision in human milk banking: a call to action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2020 Jul;4(7):484-485. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(20)30134-6. Epub 2020 May 6. PubMed PMID: 32573440; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7202855.

Israel-Ballard K. Strengthening Systems to Ensure All Infants Receive Human Milk: Integrating Human Milk Banking into Newborn Care and Nutrition Programming. Breastfeed Med. 2018 Oct;13(8):524-526. doi: 10.1089/bfm.2018.0133. PubMed PMID: 30335484.