Jennifer Schechter

MPH 2011, Health Services

Reducing preventable deaths in Togo by removing barriers to care

As a Community Health Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, Jennifer understood that many preventable deaths occur simply because treatments don’t reach those in need. While still serving overseas, Jennifer co-founded the nonprofit Integrate Health in 2005 to close the gaps that leave 70% of Togo’s population without access to adequate health care. The organization has developed and tested a health care delivery model that builds clinical capacity, deploys community health workers, ensures clinics have the tools they need to care for patients, and provides free care in a country where half of people live on less than $2 per day. The model has proven both effective and affordable, costing an estimated $10 per capita.

Today Jennifer is developing collaborations with the Togo Ministry of Health and other non-governmental organizations to advance systems-level change in primary care delivery. Jennifer’s leadership in global health garnered her the Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service and recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative.

Affiliations: Co-founder and CEO, Integrate Health

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