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.