Date of Graduation

Summer 8-17-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Courtney Keeler

Second Advisor

Dru Bhattacharya


In 2015, 5.9 million children died with 44% of those deaths occurring in the most vulnerable period of life: the neonatal period (first 28 days of life). Because this is such a pervasive problem, in order to meet the United Nation’s third Sustainable Development Goal of reducing the global neonatal mortality rate down from 27 to 12 deaths per 1,000 live births, there needs to be more evidence-based, effective interventions. Thrive Networks addresses newborn mortality by improving facility-based care in low-resource settings via intensive training and lifesaving medical equipment built to operate in these conditions. Despite all of the evidence Thrive has depicting the success of their programs, they have decided to close down the Health Program due to a litany of moving parts ultimately forcing their hand to refocus and re-strategize their resources away from providing newborn interventions. Since this circumstance does not occur in a vacuum, it is important to understand why nonprofits like Thrive struggle to sustain their programs when they have potential to address the world’s direst problems. A systematic review of academic literature attempts to find qualitative and quantitative measurements to understand nonprofit program closure and continuation. Thrive operates as a case-study in how these measurements can make sense of the closure of its Health Program.