Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Rupal Sanghvi, MPH

Rupal Sanghvi, MPH, is founder and program director of HealthxDesign (Health By Design), which explores and communicates the role of design - including the built environment - in optimizing health outcomes. Sanghvi is enthusiastic about fomenting possibilities for innovation, sustainability and effectiveness in health programming through further conceptualizing and developing metrics to leverage design as a technical strategy.

Sanghvi is a fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space, constructing an outcomes-based plan for urban agriculture in New York City. She serves on the UN Foundation Clean Cookstoves Initiative's Monitoring and Evaluation advisory committee and consults for organizations such as the World Health Organization and the International Rescue Committee.

With 14 years of experience, Sanghvi has worked in more than 25 countries on over five continents, focusing on especially low-resource settings. Before HealthxDesign, as a senior evaluation officer at International Planned Parenthood's New York office, she partnered with community-based organizations, supporting health promotion and prevention programming for HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, adolescent health, and access to care for marginalized and geographically isolated groups.

Sanghvi received the U.S. Secretary of Health's Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention after earning her master's degree in public health at the University of Michigan.