Rose Wilcher

Director, Research Utilization

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Rose Wilcher is the Director of Research Utilization at FHI 360 where she provides technical leadership and management oversight to a portfolio of work focused on translating global health research findings into evidence-based policies and practices. She joined FHI 360 in 2002. For 15 years, Wilcher has worked to accelerate the application and scale-up of evidence in reproductive health and HIV programs.

Wilcher has experience implementing a range of research-to-practice strategies, including stakeholder engagement, advocacy, development of evidence-based programmatic resources, capacity building, knowledge management, and provision of technical assistance to global and national partners. She currently serves as the Knowledge Management advisor to the LINKAGES project, a global USAID-funded project focused on reducing HIV among key populations – sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, and transgender individuals – and improving their access to care and treatment.

Wilcher also has capacity in use of gender analysis and evidence-based gender integration strategies in health and development projects and co-chairs the Gender-based Violence Task Force of USAID’s Interagency Gender Working Group. She holds a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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  • Ippoliti N, Nanda G, Wilcher R. Meeting the reproductive health needs of female key populations affected by HIV in low– and middle–income countries: A review of the evidence. Stud Fam Plann. 2017; 48(2):121-151.
  • Poteat TC, Keatley J, Wilcher R, Schwenke C. Evidence for action: A call for the global HIV response to address the needs of transgender populations. J Int AIDS Soc. 2016; 19(Suppl 2): 21193.
  • Ghanotakis E, Hoke T, Wilcher R, Field S, Mercer S, Bobrow E, Namubiru M, Katirayi L, Mandera I. Evaluation of a male engagement intervention to transform gender norms and improve family planning and HIV service uptake in Kabale, Uganda. Global Public Health. 2016; 1168863.
  • Doggett E, Lanham M, Wilcher R, Gafos M, Karim QA, Heise L. Optimizing HIV prevention for women: a review of evidence from microbicide studies and considerations for gender-sensitive microbicide introduction. J Int AIDS Soc. 2015; 18: 20536.
  • Lanham M, Wilcher R, Montgomery ET, Pool R, Schuler S, Lenzi R, Friedland B. Engaging male partners in women’s microbicide use: evidence from clinical trials and implications for future research and microbicide introduction. J Int AIDS Soc. 2014; 17(Suppl 2):19159.
  • Wilcher R, Cates W, Baeten J. Family planning and HIV: two steps forward. AIDS. 2013; 27(Suppl 1):S1-S4.