Cheryl Cashin, PhD, is a managing director at Results for Development in the global health practice. In that role she co-leads a portfolio of more than 20 projects and initiatives in global health systems, and she serves on R4D’s executive team. Dr. Cashin has led several initiatives at R4D that aim to build new models of support for countries to address complex health system issues. She designed the Provider Payment Mechanisms technical initiative of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) and has led the initiative since it was launched in 2011, and she is currently leading the Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) in partnership with Amref Health Africa. Both of these initiatives support networks of country partners solve health system challenges and build global knowledge and evidence on the “how-to” of implementing solutions.
Dr. Cashin is a health economist specializing in the design, implementation and evaluation of health financing policy in low- and middle-income countries, with a particular focus on health purchasing and provider payment for universal health coverage. She has worked in more than 20 countries, serving as a resident policy adviser in Albania, Georgia and Kazakhstan and long-term non-resident adviser in Ghana, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. She has served as a health financing consultant for the World Bank, WHO, OECD and other international technical partners, and she is a regular on the faculty of the World Bank’s Flagship Course on Health System Strengthening. She has held academic positions at Boston University’s School of Public Health and University of California, Berkeley’s Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare. Dr. Cashin is the lead author of the book Paying for Performance in Health Care Implications for Health System Performance and Accountability and is an editor/co-author of several other books, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles on health financing and universal health coverage.
Dr. Cashin has a PhD in economics from the University of Washington, and a master’s in applied economics from Cornell University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bucknell University, where she majored in chemistry and discovered her passion for economics and public policy.