Megan Diamond

DirectorHealth, The Rockefeller Foundation

Megan Diamond brings her public health expertise and dynamic leadership to The Rockefeller Foundation as a Director on the Health team. Since joining in 2021, she has spearheaded the Foundation’s global wastewater surveillance portfolio. Her work focuses on building the evidence base for this transformative tool, working alongside global policymakers and scientist to chart a pathway towards it’s the widespread implementation. Megan also oversees a portfolio of programs which aim to demonstrate the value of utilizing climate data for public health decision making. Prior to this role, she held research and strategy positions at The Harvard Global Health Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and The Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Megan holds a Master’s of Science in epidemiology from The Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, has worked extensively in Africa and Asia, and is published widely on issues related to human rights and pandemic prevention.

Authored Content

  • Aug 16 2023
    Perspective Novel Wastewater Toolkit Flags Covid-19 Surges Using Multiple Data Sources Wastewater monitoring has proven to be an effective tool in tracking Covid-19 trends and anticipating impending outbreaks. However, scientists have grappled with challenges in how to interpret and translate wastewater surveillance data to inform public health responses, restricting policymaker response. To address this need, researchers from Mathematica, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, developed a promising […] Megan Diamond
  • Jul 06 2022
    Grantee Impact Story Tackling the Complexities of Covid-19 Wastewater Surveillance For more than two years, data derived from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen tests on nasal swabs from individuals has been the primary source of data on Covid-19 in communities. As clinical testing data is becoming less reliably available, wastewater surveillance has emerged as a valuable epidemiological tool. It can detect the presence […] Megan Diamond
  • Feb 16 2022
    Grantee Impact Story Tracking SARS-CoV-2 and Its Variants in Wastewater: An Old Technique Is Yielding Powerful New Insights in the Covid-19 Pandemic The newest addition to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Covid Data Tracker reports on levels of SARS-CoV-2 RNA in wastewater. While researchers, public health departments, and some private companies have been monitoring wastewater since the beginning of the pandemic, this tracker marks an important step in the establishment of the National Wastewater Surveillance System […] Megan Diamond
  • Dec 21 2021
    Perspective Optimizing Disease Detection and Containment Through a #WasteBeforeCase Approach When a new public health threat emerges – like the highly infectious Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – detecting the first case before there has been widespread community transmission can be like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Yet wastewater testing is a tool optimized to do just that. People infected with […] Megan Diamond