Dr. Jennifer Kates is vice president and director of global health and HIV policy at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, where she oversees the foundation’s policy analysis and research focused on the US government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics. Widely regarded as an expert in the field, she regularly publishes and presents on global health and HIV policy issues and is particularly known for her work analyzing donor government investments in global health; assessing and mapping the US government’s global health architecture, programs, and funding; and tracking and analyzing major US HIV programs and financing, and key trends in the HIV epidemic, an area she has been working in for 25 years. Prior to joining the foundation in 1998, Dr. Kates was a senior associate with the Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm, where she focused on HIV policy, strategic planning/health systems analysis, and health care for vulnerable populations. Among other prior positions, she directed the Office of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns at Princeton University.


Dr. Kates serves on numerous federal and private-sector advisory committees on global health and HIV issues, including as a member of PEPFAR’s Scientific Advisory Board, a member of the National Institutes of Health Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, and as an alternate board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She recently served as a member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT), and was part of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) congressionally mandated evaluation of PEPFAR and two IOM study committees commissioned by the White House to inform the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.


Dr. Kates received her PhD in health policy from George Washington University, where she is also a lecturer. She is also a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts.


Recent Posts by Jennifer Kates

What US Budget Cuts To Global Health Could Mean For Future Funding

While future funding by the United States for global health remains unknown, our analysis finds that any cuts by the United States now would significantly reduce development assistance for health going forward.

Development Assistance For Global Health: Is The Funding Revolution Over?

In many ways, the last twenty years have been somewhat of a “revolution” in global health, as marked by rising attention, growing funding, and the creation of new, large scale initiatives to address global health challenges in low and middle income countries.  Indeed, the 1990s brought a steady...

The ACA And People With HIV: The ACA’s Impact And The Implications Of State Choices

Editor's note: This post is also co-authored by Rachel Garfield, a senior researcher and associate director at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the largest operating program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Among the groups that stand to benefit from the...