Public health practitioner
Dr Shalini Singh is a trained Dentist and a public health practitioner from India. Having completed her Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College and Hospital, Pune she started her career as a Clinical Dentist at District Hospitals in underserved districts of Karnataka state in India in 2003, where she worked for three years. This experience acquainted her with public health systems challenges in the rural-remote parts of the country. To effectively contribute towards improving health care access and population health, she completed her Master’s in Public Health from Annamalai University. Her ten years career in public health thereafter involves working on community- based health services delivery and health systems strengthening efforts under the National Health Mission at the state and national level. She has worked for the ASHA Programme-the Community Health Workers Programme in India at the National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC) in New Delhi. She also led the state level efforts by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) to design and implement pilots for Universal Health Coverage in Karnataka. As part of this, she played a key role in enabling Karnataka to be one of the first few states to roll out Comprehensive Primary Health Care through Health and Wellness Centres. She served as Senior Consultant for Comprehensive Primary Health Care at NHSRC from late 2017 till August 2019. In this capacity, she supported the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in developing Operational Guidelines for nationwide scale up of HWCs under Ayushman Bharat and in charting out early implementation processes: roadmap, state action plans and other essential inputs for HWCs. She is currently associated with the Department of International Health, Health Systems Division at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for a study on Exploring the scope of integrated primary, secondary and tertiary health care in the Ayushman Bharat Program in India.