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Alene Gelbard, PhD

Director, ACCESS-Health Worldwide

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. 

Improving the Quality of Maternal and Child Health Services in Indonesia (2011)

The Partnership of Johnson & Johnson Indonesia, PT and the Indonesian Midwives Association (IBI) Johnson & Johnson Indonesia, PT (J&...

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HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign in the Workplace: Partnership of PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk and KKI (2010)

PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk (UI) and The Indonesian Humanitarian Committee (Komite Kemanusiaan Indonesia or KKI) have partnered since 2003 to prevent...

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Chevron and Jhpiego Working in Partnership to Improve Health in Indonesia (2009)

Re-establishing and Sustaining Reproductive Health Care in Aceh after the Tsunami A partnership between Chevron and Jhpiego, an international h...

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Empowering the Community at Risk: The Partnership of PT Tupperware Indonesia and HOPE Worldwide (2009)

Since 2007 Tupperware and HOPE worldwide have partnered to empower a community in one of the poorest sub-districts of North Jakarta to improve and ...

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Preventing HIV/AIDS in the Workplace in Indonesia: The Partnership of PT Gajah Tunggal and YKB (2009)

“Indonesia faces the looming threat of a major epidemic” of HIV/AIDS, according to the United Nations Development Fund. PT Gajah T...

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Standard Chartered Bank and Helen Keller International Collaboration in Indonesia (2009)

Blindness is a serious public health problem in Indonesia. Blindness is slightly more prevalent in Indonesia than in SubSaharan Africa (1.5% of the...

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The Partnership of PT Dewhirst, Yayasan Kusuma Buana, Marks & Spencer, and Medika Pratama (2009)

Working Together to Improve the Health of Workers, Their Families, and the Community in Indonesia Indonesia has experienced significant improve...

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Capacity Building & Training

With diverse public health programs spanning the globe, PHI understands how strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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Public-Private Partnerships

The Public Health Institute is committed addressing emerging global and national public health issues, and tackling the most significant public hea...

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