Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH

Director, Childbirth Connection Programs
National Partnership for Women & Families

Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH, is director of Childbirth Connection programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. She joined the National Partnership in January 2014 to fully integrate maternity care policy, quality, and advocacy into its program portfolio. Previously, she served for 14 years as director of programs at Childbirth Connection. Childbirth Connection’s portfolio includes fostering evidence-based maternity care; helping women understand and navigate the maternity care system; and identifying experiences and views of childbearing women through national Listening to Mothers surveys and using results for improvement. Dr. Sakala works across the continuum of clinical effectiveness activities, including with systematic reviews, performance measures, clinical practice guidelines and decision aids. She is lead author of the Milbank Report Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve and of Maternity Care and Liability: Pressing Problems, Substantive Solutions, and is founding author of the “New Resources for Evidence-Based Practice” column, which appears jointly in leading midwifery and nursing journals.

Dr. Sakala is a member of numerous advisory bodies, including the National Quality Forum’s Measures Application Partnership (MAP) Coordinating Committee, its MAP Medicaid Child Task Force, its Perinatal and Reproductive Health Standing Committee, and the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network’s Clinical Episodes Payment Work Group. She was a Pew Health Policy fellow at Boston University, where she received her PhD in health policy. She has master's degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Utah.