Making An Impact.
We are a small team of experts with deep experience in the design, financing, scale and evaluation of health care. We help our clients rapidly advance their strategic thinking, and put new ideas into action. We care immensely about our work, always producing to the quality that we would be proud to deliver and implement ourselves.
We are pleased to assemble teams of global experts to help advance thinking on the complex questions our clients ask.
Partner | Cynthia leads engagements on health financing and leveraging private sector healthcare delivery. Prior to founding Impact for Health, Cynthia was Associate Director of Marie Stopes International’s Heath Markets team based in Nairobi, Kenya. She spearheaded the global BlueStar social franchising portfolio, which saw the franchise networks grow from 200 providers in four countries to almost 3,000 providers in over 14 countries. She also led the team that designed, developed, and secured a $60M, 5 year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK’s Department for International Development for strengthening private sector healthcare markets in Africa (AHME). Prior to MSI, she worked in the Planning Department of the Ministry of Health in Malawi. Cynthia holds a Masters in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from LSHTM/LSE.
Mara Hansen Staples
Partner | Mara designs strategies, programs and partnerships to improve delivery of basic health care. She is particularly passionate about leveraging the pharmacy sector to improve access to care. Previously Mara worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she led >$100M portfolio to improve coverage of primary health care through health financing and better engagement of the private sector. At the Gates Foundation Mara also held roles in health economics and development policy. Mara has also worked for Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, Pathfinder International and for the Moroccan Ministry of Health as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Mara holds a MSc in Global Health & Population from Harvard, speaks Berber, Spanish and is learning French.
Antonina (Ann) Miceli
Advisor, Strategic Facilitation | Ann designs and facilitates strategic conversations that spark change for health teams working in developing and humanitarian contexts. She supports organizations and teams to strengthen their capacity to understand and respond to challenges, create effective change and find the next breakthrough idea. Ann recently led the design of technical capacity strengthening strategies for the JSI SPRING legacy project and Abt Associates’ VectorLink program, including evaluation of capacity strengthening initiatives across 14 countries. Prior to that, she led country-wide strategic planning and capacity strengthening programs for the International Rescue Committee’s Iraq operations. Ann holds a Master’s degree in Inter-cultural Communication from Northern Illinois University.
Advisor, School Health | Phil Frei is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building new businesses. Phil is the co-founder of Bridge International Academies, a network of over 600 primary schools that have reached over 500,000 students in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Liberia and India. Phil also started a company called WeScout with IDEO to change how talent is discovered, licensed an toy to LEGO, and received numerous awards and fellowships for innovation and design. Phil has BS and MS from MIT and was a graduate fellow at the MIT Media Lab.
Advisor, School Health | Alyssa currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Washington School-based Health Alliance. She previously led Washington state’s largest network of school-based health clinics for Neighborcare Health, where she grew the 16-clinic program to profitability while providing primary care and mental health services in lower-income areas. Prior to this, Alyssa managed grants for Community Health Centers in rural Washington and worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alyssa has worked internationally on refugee health and education services in Zambia and Malawi and she has worked for local and international HIV prevention programs in Oregon State and New York City.
Operations Lead | Samantha oversees operations for complex projects, managing inputs, schedules and travel over multiple time zones and markets. She also manages Impact for Health’s digital presence, ensuring findings reach our partners and target audiences. Previously, Samantha worked as a Project Specialist for The NASCAR Foundation, a non-profit organization which champions pediatric health, where she managed the organization’s operations and heavily assisted the business development team. Samantha is passionate about health initiatives in developing nations. In her free time, she enjoys travel and experiencing other cultures.
We help our clients develop strategies to address complex problems in health care. We bring years of experience in the design, funding, evaluation and scale of health programs to bear, ensuring client’s strategies are grounded in reality, informed by history, and inspired by innovation. We believe in taking a customer-centered approach to systems transformation.
We grapple with complex data, inputs and evidence so that our clients don’t have to. We distill the key insights, which allow our clients to think more clearly, more strategically and take action. Additionally, we work to turn those insights into visual statements that help clients communicate their thinking and plans more effectively to others.
We design programs, initiatives and partnerships to move strategies into action. Impact for Health specializes in facilitating intensive design sessions for teams and groups of partner organizations. These sessions enable a strategic vision to rapidly gain traction with key stakeholders, and quickly generate actionable progress against the common vision.
Generating impact at scale is an adaptive process. We support investors, donors and companies to optimize key processes and business lines that are core to their goals. Beyond uncovering current processes and challenges, we work with clients to understand the rationale for these processes and then to “break the rules” around those processes so that they can see the opportunities for actionable change. Clients have found that learning from external models to inform these optimization steps is energizing and empowering.
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