John Cranmer

Nominated From: University of Washington

Research Site: Kenya

Project: Coming soon

Primary Mentor: Dilys Walker


Throughout his career, John Cranmer has aimed to synthesize perspectives from public health, clinical medicine and education in order to reduce barriers patients experience when accessing medical services. He is motivated to expand just and accessible health care among marginalized populations by using low cost, evidence-based interventions that are customized to local need.

John’s most recent public health work focused on maternal mortality in Kenya.  He described various strategies utilized by diverse health sectors for reducing the nation’s high global burden of maternal deaths. In Ethiopia, he worked with the Presidential Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and Johns Hopkins University to assess the community-based and clinic-based services offered to HIV-undernourished clients.  He described their care strategies and designed interventions to increase linkages between community-and clinic-based care. These seminal assessments were utilized by several global partners (CDC, US-FDA, USDA) and resulted in new priorities for jointly managing HIV and undernutriton within PEPFAR’s agenda.  As a faculty member at Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University, he offers individual coaching and mentored cohorts in public health practice.

John’s educational work has taken three forms—university-based teaching, clinical mentorship and curriculum design.  In the university context, he has taught eight clinical courses on health assessment and clinical management at Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University.  He served as a clinic-based mentor and teacher for health professional students at various stages of training.  As a curriculum designer, he collaborated with the Universities of Washington and Nairobi to support the development of a new School of Public Health at Kenya’s oldest health professional institution.  In partnership with the Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases in Kenya, he used qualitative methods to assess clinical learning needs and collaboratively designed a practice-based distance education curriculum that addressed these needs.

John’s clinical practice focuses on primary care service provision—primarily among non-native English speakers. At his most recent practice at Sea Mar Medical Center, he offered primary care to immigrants, refugees and South Seattle residents. He managed patients with a complex array of medical, psychiatric and social comorbidities.  Prior to living in Seattle, John was a primary care provider with Baltimore Medical Systems and served patients from 52 language backgrounds.

John’s undergraduate and graduate training reflect these interests in culture-based care, clinical medicine and public health.  He earned a DNP from the University of Washington.  His studies focused on maternal mortality in Kenya, implementation science and the management of HIV from clinical- and public health perspectives. He completed an MPH in global health at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and focused on cross-sectoral, community-based primary health care provision in resource-limited settings. His MSN studies at Hopkins included cross-sectoral program design and clinical training as an internal medicine nurse practitioner. Prior to his professional training, he completed an undergraduate degree in theology at Wheaton College.

As a 2012-2013 Fogarty Global Health Fellow at the University of Washington, John will develop additional skills in qualitative research and implementation science while focusing his research on maternal mortality in western Kenya.  His research will address strategies to strengthen linkages between community- and clinic-based obstetrical care.

His ultimate goal is to reduce global health disparities through implementation of evidence-based interventions among at-risk communities.  He strives to link implementation science research with his existing skills in clinical care and education.  He is married to Lisa Cranmer, a pediatric infectious disease fellow who is researching pediatric TB-HIV co-infection.  They enjoy travel, Spanish conversation and time with their toddler, Solomon.  His interests include photography, spiritual development, creative cooking and developing meaningful community.


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