Innovating Health International (IHI) is a non-profit dedicated to treating chronic diseases and addressing women's health issues in developing countries.
What do we do? Working with local partners, we aim to increase access to treatment and education services for chronic diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and injuries. Current projects include a Women's Cancer Center, a large cancer awareness program, opening a pathology laboratory, and helping to build a national comprehensive cancer program.
What does innovating healthcare look like? Collaboration and discovery are at the heart of our practice and guide our organisation’s ethos. Innovating Health means learning with others to bring our expertise in medical care, social engagement, community based research and problem solving into different contexts. We strive to create new and hybrid models of healthcare and engagement that do not seek to simply ‘build capacity’ but respond to local needs through constant iteration and consultation.
Our team has worked in nearly a dozen countries in Central and South America and Africa. We've been working in Haiti since 2004, and branched off on our own in 2015 to form a new 501c3 registered charity. We just started working in Malawi in 2018.
Our goal is to use multi-disciplinary teams to shape healthcare delivery, prevention, and education. This is why the team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, community health workers, lawyers, and business leaders. Through engaging with the local communities that we serve, we hope to establish long-term sustainability.
Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr, MD, MPH
Dr. Vince is an internal medicine doctor and global health specialist who has worked in Haiti since 2004. He splits his time between Haiti, and Miami, FL, in the Department of Medicine at Florida International University College of Medicine. He also works as the Medical Director of Haiti Air Ambulance. As a staunch advocate for social justice, he fights to increase access to healthcare in developing countries, including helping to build national cancer programs in Rwanda and now in Haiti.
Board of Directors
Ambassador Jack Brewer, MBA
Retired NFL player (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears). Founder of Brewer Group
Financial Services and head of Jack Brewer Foundation. Regular contributor to Fox Business Network and Fox News.
Ron Giffler, MD, JD, MBA
Pathologist with a law degree and MBA. Retired US Army Reserves. Current Florida Medical Association President- elect. Owner of First Path in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Michael Riley, MBA
Manager at KPMG in San Francisco. Three years’ experience in grant administration with nonprofit Robin Hood in New York City. Served in Peace Corps in Bolivia 2005- 2007. MBA in International Business from INSEAD in Paris France.
Marcella Nurse, MA, Ed.M.
Currently Sr. Instructional Designer, Global Learning Services at Microsoft. Former Vice President in Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs. M.A. in Clinical Psychology in Education and Ed.M. in Human Development, Risk + Prevention. Served on Junior Board of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation in New York City.
Vincent DeGennaro Jr, MD, MPH is the Executive Director and a volunteer with IHI. He is chief fundraiser and helps plan the technical and organizational aspects for IHI.
Mr. Kedner Pierre is the Country Director and runs the day to day operations in Haiti. He has 20 years of experience working in healthcare systems in Haiti.
Dr. Joseph Bernard, MD, is the Medical Director. He has trained in Oncology in US, Canada, and France. He has presented his work at international conferences on three continents.