Linked Network Facilitators chatted with representatives from the Steering Committee to learn more about their experiences working in immunisation, what they are most looking forward to from the network, as well as some fun, personal facts about themselves. This spotlight features Logan Brenzel, Senior Program Officer, Health Funds and Partnerships Team, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
You were also a member of the Learning Network for Countries in Transition, the previous phase of the Linked Immunisation Action Network. What are you most excited about for this new phase?
The focus on middle income countries which have typically not received as much focus and technical support from development partners and the chance to learn how other countries have approached issues if inequities in vaccination coverage, strategies for good procurement of vaccines, planning and budgeting for the immunization program.
What aspects of your role in the Steering Committee are you most excited to participate in?
I am excited to help guide the next phase of Linked’s work building off of what we learned in LNCT.
What do you do professionally? What do you like most about what you do?
I am currently a Senior Program Officer for Gavi policy and financing in the Immunization Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This is a new position for me, and is a chance for me to get back into technical and policy engagement with Gavi.
What is your favorite part of the city you live in?
I live just outside of Washington, DC and the best part of where I live is access to museums and the cross-cultural and international nature of the population here.
Logan Brenzel is a health economist with more than 35 years of health financing and development experience worldwide. As a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she leads and manages a portfolio of work around vaccine economics and immunization financing, including COVID-19 vaccine financing, and has published widely. She supports a global community of practice around immunization financing and sustainability: www.immunizationeconomics.org. Logan also provides policy and technical support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on co-financing, eligibility, and transition policies and practices. Logan served as a Health Financing Advisor to the Minister of Health in Ethiopia, and worked at the World Bank on results-based financing programs. Logan has a PhD in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health; and Human Biology and Humanities degrees from Stanford University.