Alene Gelbard, PhD
Alene H. Gelbard, Ph.D., founded and directs ACCESS-Health Worldwide (ACCESS-HW), a program of the Public Health Institute (PHI). ACCESS-HW has developed an innovative model that increases the abilities of businesses to partner with nonprofits and public agencies for community and workplace well-being. The model is based on the experiences and perspectives of businesses on how to help them partner across sectors. Currently she and colleagues are adapting the model in Maine, USA, and Vietnam. She is also applying the model to guide strategies to increase business and public health competencies for global health leadership in India, South Africa, Brazil, the United States, and Switzerland. She serves as Public-Private Senior Advisor for the Global Health Leaders (GHL) Program at PHI funded by Medtronic Philanthropy. She is an Adjunct Professor of Social Enterprise in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC where she teaches business-nonprofit partnership building.
Prior to creating ACCESS-HW in 2004, Dr. Gelbard worked for decades on health, population, and development while living in Asia, Latin America, and Europe. She has lived in Indonesia, Bolivia, France, Brazil, and the Philippines. She also worked in many other countries in these regions and in sub-Saharan Africa. Previous positions include Senior Population Policy Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C., and Senior Communications Advisor on Health, Population, and Nutrition for USAID/ Indonesia, Advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Coordination in Bolivia, and Policy Analyst for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As director of international programs at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), she served on U.S. delegations to several international conferences on development in the 1990s. Her experience includes training policymakers and others in the public and nonprofit sector on how to use data in policymaking and program development and management.
She has a doctorate in population dynamics from the Bloomberg School of Public Health/Johns Hopkins University and a BA in French from the University of Washington. She speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and limited Indonesian.
Increasing the Sustainability of Company-Community Partnerships for Health Indonesia
Increasing the Sustainability of Company-Community Partnerships for Health in Indonesia (CCPHI) is a one-year project to build on the success of our previous project, Institutionalizing Company-Community Parrtnerships for Health in Indonesia. ACCESS Health Worldwide will help CCPHI become more sustainable as a national resource on partnerships involving companies to improve community health and sustainability in Indonesia. The objectives are to help CCPHI: 1) strengthen CCPHI knowledge and skills needed for program development; 2) increase the availability of partnership information produced by the project to national and international audiences; and 3) increase and strengthen membership of its Health and Business Roundtable in Indonesia.
Institutionalizing Company-Community Partnerships for Health in Indonesia
Institutionalizing Company-Community Partnerships for Health in Indonesia (CCPHI) facilitates partnerships among companies. This two-year project of ACCESS Health Worldwide was successfully completed in August 2012. During the project, CCPHI became an Indonesian nongovernmental organization eligible to receive grants from foreign sources, enabling it to continue its ongoing activities and build its program to eventually become sustainable. CCPHI is increasingly recognized as the premier resource in Indonesia on partnership building involving companies to improve community health and sustainability.