• Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Co-Founder & Chief Research Officer, Medic Mobile

Seattle, WA
United States

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Isaac Holeman is a Clinical Assistant Professor whose research concerns digital health, human-centered design, and global health equity. Nearly a decade ago he co-founded a non-profit organization called Medic Mobile to build open source software for health workers in hard to reach communities. Today, Medic Mobile serves as technical steward of the Community Health Toolkit open source project, and supports more than 25,000 health workers who provide care for over 12 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

With support from a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Isaac completed PhD studies focused on global health and human-centered design, and he now leads Medic Mobile's research efforts. These roles at UW and Medic Mobile enable Isaac to continue his exploration of human-centered design, while also engaging a wider research network whose work addresses themes of digital health and health equity, open source/open science, community health, implementation research, human-centered data science, and precision global health. While based in Seattle, Isaac continues to conduct fieldwork and contribute to Medic’s design practice and implementation partnerships around the world.

  • BA (Lewis And Clark College)
  • MPhil (University of Cambridge)
  • PhD (University of Cambridge)
  • Dutch
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Community Health Workers
  • Community-Based Primary Health Care
  • Health Information Systems
  • Health Technologies
  • Implementation Science
  • Intervention Design and Management
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Enterprise and Innovation
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Holeman I, Kane D. Human-centered design for global health equity. Information Technology for Development. 2020 Jul 2;26(3):477-505. https://doi.org/10.1080/02681102.2019.1667289

de Rond M, Holeman I, Howard-Grenville J. Sensemaking from the body: An enactive ethnography of rowing the Amazon. Academy of Management Journal. 2019 Dec;62(6):1961-88. https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2017.1417

Okeke F, Wasunna B, Amulele M, Holeman I, Dell N. Including the Voice of Care Recipients in Community Health Feedback Loops in Rural Kenya. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. 2019 Nov 7;3(CSCW):1-20. https://doi.org/10.1145/3359173

Feldacker C, Holeman I, Murenje V, Xaba S, Korir M, Wambua B, Makunike-Chikwinya B, Holec M, Barnhart S, Tshimanga M. Usability and acceptability of a two-way texting intervention for post-operative follow-up for voluntary medical male circumcision in Zimbabwe. Plos one. 2020 Jun 16;15(6):e0233234. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0233234

Ballard M, Bancroft E, Nesbit J, Johnson A, Holeman I, Foth J, Rogers D, Yang J, Nardella J, Olsen H, Raghavan M. Prioritising the role of community health workers in the COVID-19 response. BMJ Global Health. 2020 Jun 1;5(6):e002550. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002550