Alice Payne Merritt
Deputy Director, CCP
Alice Payne Merritt has more than 30 years of field experience in social behavior change communication (SBCC) across a range of health and social development issues including: family planning, adolescent reproductive health, infectious disease, Zika, HIV prevention, tobacco control, environmental advocacy, maternal mortality and quality accreditation systems in more than 28 countries.
Alice has designed and managed a wide variety of health communication programs such as: national strategies, demand generation campaigns, participatory community methodologies, focused advocacy efforts, entertainment-education and special initiatives for under-served groups such as street kids, commercial sex workers, indigenous groups, men and youth. As deputy director and director of technical programs, she provides strategic leadership for CCP’s diverse SBCC programs and technical guidance. She has pioneered groundbreaking communication efforts such as the first reproductive health campaign in Bolivia and the first national HIV prevention effort in Peru.
Initiatives under her direction have received international awards for creativity and results in family planning promotion, reproductive health and environmental advocacy, including awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Alice is a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s High Impact Practice Technical Advisory Group, has chaired USAID working groups on vasectomy reinvigoration and Zika communication, contributed to WHO consultation and conducted reviews for peer-reviewed journals.
Alice is associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her MPH from Columbia University and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.