Health Equity Network of the Americas

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HENA Disseminates:
Engaging in Health Equity

Our Story

The Health Equity Network of the Americas (HENA) is a vibrant, intersectoral community that seeks to Collaborate, Build Power, and Take Action. Its membership of more than 100 health equity leaders from 26 nations in the Americas and the Caribbean represent civil society, government, and academia. Through sharing knowledge and action, HENA takes a multi-pronged approach that brings to light policies and programming that have positive impact on health equity and human rights in the Americas.

HENA focuses its energy on research, policy, communications, and advocacy work. In the coming year, it will: host convenings in both North and South America; publish research in scholarly journals; conduct policy analyses to determine strengths and weaknesses of laws that inhibit health equity; and brief policymakers on the findings of these analyses. During Sept 2018 – April 2019, HENA will widely promote policy recommendations from the PAHO Commission on Equity and Inequalities in the Americas upcoming report.

Collaborating institutions of HENA include North and South American organizations such as the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico; the WORLD Policy Analysis Center; UCL Institute of Health Equity; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; FIOCRUZ; FEIM; Caricom; the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and others joining by the day.

Mission & Vision


To promote knowledge sharing and action to promote health equity and human rights as priority issues in the Americas.


An intersectoral network dedicated to promoting health equity and equality in the Americas, especially for those groups living in contexts of vulnerability.


Our values demonstrate who we are and what we do. We stand for the following values, and ensure each action we take is grounded in and infused by these potent and foundational elements:

Action, Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, Social Justice, Intersectoral, Horizontality, Inclusion, Commitment, Collaboration

Our Message Equitable health: the foundation of the Americas' potential.

Health is foundational and informs our region’s potential

Development of safe and vibrant communities

Achievement of gender equality

Economic progress

International relations

Educational attainment

Fair and Just Employment

Regional productivity

Environmental conditions

Equitable human rights

Our Message

We are an intersectoral network dedicated to achieving health equity and equality in the Americas, especially for those groups living in contexts of vulnerability.

We commit to a human rights and social determinants approach to health.

We embody collaboration. We insist on inclusion.

We monitor health equity for you. For your children. For your country. For a region unified by health.

You have a right to wellbeing. Build a healthy region with us: Join our movement.

Our Team

Michael A. Rodriguez

Founding Director

Kali Basman

Strategic Director

Bri-Ann Hernandez

Network Manager

Anne M. Dubois

Senior Consultant


Rocio Saenz


Eugenia Tarzibachi


Ximena Avellaneda


Amy Ritterbusch


Luiz Galvao


Nelly Salgado de Snyder


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