We equip changemakers to sustainably transform health – one program, one strategy, one alliance at a time.
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
Cynthia Eldridge, MSc
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 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.
Mara Hansen Staples, MSc
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.
Yuen Wai Hung, PhD, MHS
Senior Manager | Yuen Wai Hung is a global health researcher with 10 years of experience in epidemiology and health systems research and practice. Previously Yuen Wai worked as a project manager at the University of Waterloo. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Wilfrid Laurier University and Pennsylvania State University. Prior to her doctoral training, she joined a global health fellowship at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and Guyana, and worked as a monitoring and evaluation health program officer at International Medical Corps in Iraq. Yuen Wai holds a Ph.D. in Health Systems and a MHS in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control from JHSPH, and speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.
Program Manager | Samantha manages support to clients on complex, multi-country projects, including facilitating the WHO’s Advisory Group on Governance of the Private Sector and coordinating research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also oversees Impact for Health’s digital presence, ensuring findings reach our partners and target audiences. Before joining Impact for Health, Samantha worked in marketing and project management. In her most recent role, she worked as the product marketing manager for a financial media company where she implemented a new online platform for the organization’s product offerings and led the creation of the company’s first talent placement platform.
Kariane St-Denis, MSc
Associate | Kariane supports client engagement through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication, specializing in projects focused in French-speaking geographies. Previously Kariane worked as a Communications Officer supporting PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Parasite Epidemiology and Control, and as a Project Coordinator in McGill’s Department of Epidemiology where she conducted research to validate a questionnaire-based test to determine pregnancy status during the first trimester in Peru. Kariane holds a MSc in Public Health from McGill University in Montreal and is fluent in French, English and speaks intermediate Spanish.
Joel Klinton, MBBS
Associate | Joel supports our clients’ work through rigorous data collection, analysis and communication. Joel is a physician scientist from India with experience in primary care, clinical trial management and health service coordination. He played a crucial role in the National Institute for Research in TB’s work on the first multi-country clinical trial to examine shortened regimens for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in India (STREAM phase II). Joel has also gained knowledge of the North American healthcare system by volunteering at several leading hospitals in the USA and Canada. In his most recent assignment, Joel coordinated programs in home healthcare and palliative nursing across the Greater Toronto Area, and supported research at the McGill TB Centre.