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About Us

In the pursuit of wellbeing, worldwide, we share knowledge, equip leaders, and build interdisciplinary, multisectoral teams to address urgent global health challenges.

A Note from our Founder

 

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health strives to enable collaborative programs in global health for residents, medical students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduates by reaching across geographic, cultural, economic, and gender boundaries to inspire a new generation to work for social change, justice, and increased equity in global health outcomes.

 

Michele Barry

Drs. Ben & A. Jess Shenson Professor, Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Professor of Medicine & Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute and at the Freeman Spogli Institute

Our impact - by the numbers

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SENT 60 RESIDENTS, FELLOWS, MEDICAL STUDENTS, AND FACULTY TO 20 COUNTRIES EVERY YEAR TO TEACH, TRAIN, AND LEAD PROJECTS.
$2M
Raised and awarded more than $2 million in seed grants to support the most innovative research in global health
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Funded more than 75 post-doctoral fellows resulting in more than 150 peer-reviewed publications

Cross-cutting strengths

Interdisciplinary + Multi-sectional Collaboration

Stanford University brings together expertise from a variety of disciplines and multiple sectors to tackle the most complicated challenges and solve the most stubborn problems. Stanford fosters creative collaborations with local partners, academic experts, leaders of NGOs, and heads of state to translate knowledge into action.

Technological Innovation 
to Generate Solutions

Stanford created Silicon Valley and remains a nexus for the brightest minds in tech—from academia and industry. At the center of this prolific ecosystem, we can identify and influence technological strategies that can be scaled and shared to improve global health.

Excellence in Research Teaching and Clinical Care

Stanford’s founding charter pledges “to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization.” A purposeful university with a longstanding reputation for excellence, our name opens doors to decision-makers and attracts collaborators worldwide.

Our team

We are more than an academic center; we’re a community. Meet the people who share a passion for increasing wellbeing, worldwide

Center leadership

Core staff

Lucas Oliver Oswald

Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Lucas Oliver Oswald

Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Meg L. DeRonghe

Global Engagement Director, WomenLift Health

Meg L. DeRonghe

Global Engagement Director, WomenLift Health

Meg has spent her career focused on building the necessary consensus, resources and political will to bring health solutions to those who need them most. Prior to taking her dream job at WomenLIft Health, Meg was a Senior Program Officer and advocacy strategy lead at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) driving efforts to move the global agenda on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Prior to that role, Meg was the first-hired Director of Advocacy and Communications for PATH’s malaria program and drove the now-accepted best practice of integrating advocacy strategy into disease-specific global health programming. She has 25 years of experience in advocacy, public policy and resource mobilization for a range of global health issues from sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to malaria.

A lawyer by training, Meg has taught courses on gender equality in law at Georgetown University, brought gender-based asylum claims pro bono and worked to influence policy from a village council in Botswana to the US Congress to the World Health Organization to improve the lives of women and girls. Meg sits on the advisory board of Speak Up Africa based in Senegal, a policy and advocacy action tank dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Meg earned her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in anthropology and international studies and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Erika Veidis

Human and Planetary Health Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Erika Veidis

Human and Planetary Health Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Erika Veidis is the Human and Planetary Health Manager for the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. Before joining the CIGH team, she spent three years at the Planetary Health Alliance, a non-profit organization housed at Harvard University focused on understanding and addressing the intersections between global environmental challenges and public health. In this role, she managed a global network of universities, NGOs, research institutes, and government entities and led community engagement, outreach, and education efforts. In addition to her work with the PHA, Erika conducted research in environmental economics, with a particular focus on microplastics and grassroots campaigns targeting relevant governmental and corporate policies, and advanced regenerative agriculture in rural Wisconsin. Most recently, Erika helped to launch a project highlighting Indigenous place names across California with the California Institute for Community, Art & Nature, which she continues to pursue on the side.
Erika graduated from Harvard in 2015 with a BA in Government and Mind/Brain/Behavior, holds an MBA from Cal Poly, and serves on the board of the Harvard Alumni for Agriculture and Food. She believes in the importance of integrated environmental and health action, locally-rooted economies, and cultivating a sense of responsibility to place. In her free time, she skis, hikes, writes, plays guitar, and enjoys spending time – especially outside – with family, friends, and the Latvian community.