About Us

Our Mission

We equip changemakers to sustainably transform health – one program, one strategy, one alliance at a time.

Our Values

We are collaborators, story tellers & facilitators for systemic change

We commit to excellence

We learn deeply from fresh & diverse perspectives

We believe good thinking is both rigorous & creative

We strive to build trust & respect

We communicate honestly & intentionally

While challenges in health are serious, we try not to take ourselves too seriously

Join our team!

Impact for Health has no open positions at the moment, but our work is growing and we will continue to hire at all levels. Visit our careers page to learn more.

Our Team

Cynthia Eldridge, MSc

Cynthia Eldridge, MSc

CEO & Founder  |  Toronto, Canada

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 4 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.

Gabrielle Appleford, MSc

Gabrielle Appleford, MSc

Senior Consultant  |  Nairobi, Kenya

Gabrielle has been working with IHI as a Senior Consultant for over 7 years on numerous projects. She has specific subject experience in health financing, sexual and reproductive health/family planning, community and health systems strengthening, private sector engagement, and monitoring, learning and evaluation (MLE). She possesses strong management, leadership, creative and analytical skills and has employed these in a wide range of contexts. Gabrielle has worked or consulted for a wide range of organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific, and Asia. Gabrielle holds a master’s in public health from LSHTM and a master’s in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia.

Carlos Zegarra, MSc

Carlos Zegarra, MSc

Senior Associate | Lima, Peru

Carlos supports clients’ goals through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication. Carlos is a physician from Peru, with expertise in primary health care systems and humanitarian work. Prior to joining Impact for Health, Carlos worked for Doctors Without Borders where he provided patient care and hospital coordination for humanitarian camps in Sub-Saharan Africa. He completed an MPH in Global Health from Harvard University where he focused on health systems and policies. During his time at Harvard, he supported Primary Care analysis in Sub Saharan Africa, conducted Cancer policy research in Latin America, and analyzed primary care initiatives in Brazil with PAHO/WHO. Carlos is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese.

Claire Gapare, MSc

Claire Gapare, MSc

Associate | Montréal, Canada

Claire supports our clients’ work through rigorous data collection, analysis, and communication. Claire holds a MSc in Public Health from McGill University with experience in Infectious diseases and Women’s health. During her time McGill, she worked in research on cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan African and studied the effects of postpartum depression in infants. She played an important role in the landscape analysis of Tuberculosis in people living with HIV in developing countries for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, Claire was the Editor-in-chief for the McGill Perspectives on Global Health blog. Claire holds a BSc in Neuroscience from Michigan State University. She is originally from Zimbabwe and speaks both Shona and English.

Katherine Jennings, MSc

Katherine Jennings, MSc

Associate | Montréal, Canada

Katherine supports client initiatives through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication. Previously, Katherine worked as a policy analyst at Health Canada where she aimed to develop a policy framework outlining how vulnerable populations can be better considered in the chemicals risk assessment and management process in Canada. As part of this project, Katherine was responsible for conducting an international survey on OECD countries as well as a review of international environmental health policy. Katherine holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a MSc in Public Health from McGill University.

Alumni

Mara Hansen Staples, MSc

Mara Hansen Staples, MSc

Yuen Wai Hung, PhD, MHS

Yuen Wai Hung, PhD, MHS

Samantha Horrocks

Samantha Horrocks

Kariane St-Denis, MSc

Kariane St-Denis, MSc

Joel Klinton, MBBS

Joel Klinton, MBBS