IANPHI SECRETARIAT: US OFFICE
SHENANDOAH EVANS, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Shenandoah Evans joined IANPHI in 2012. As director of communications, she is responsible for developing and implementing IANPHI's communications strategy plan that includes online efforts through the website, newsletter, social media, e-publications, print materials and reports; risk communication in health emergencies; intra-office database management; NPHI relationship building; media relations; and the IANPHI communications website and technical service program available to low resource members.
Evans has worked with Emory University since 2009 as communications consultant to Emory programs and others in the nonprofit sector including the Institute for Developing Nations, the Master’s in Development Practice program, and the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative, Development Studies, Anthropology, Bioethics at the Center for Ethics. Prior to that she spent 10 years as a public relations manager, editorial journalist, and communication consultant.
She has worked for leading companies such as CNN, Barnes & Noble, and Samsung Electronics Europe, as well as operating her own consultant business in visual and web communication. She received her Master of Science from Cornell University’s communication program focusing on visual and development communication. In addition, she holds degrees in both the environmental studies and communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Since 2006 IANPHI’s membership has increased from 39 NPHIs to 100+. Our members are the reason for our success: they have provided technical expertise for the development of IANPHI’s tools, including the Framework for the Development and Strengthening of NPHIs, a Peer-to-Peer Evaluation Initiative and others, which are the international gold standard for NPHI assessment and capacity building. They are the technical experts and partners behind over 61 investment projects, including assisting 14 countries to envision and create new NPHIs
The International Association of National Public Health Institutes links and strengthens the government agencies responsible for public health. IANPHI improves the world’s health by leveraging the experience and expertise of its member institutes to build robust public health systems.
108 members from 93 countries (and growing), benefiting more than 5 billion people on 4 continents.
WHAT NPHIS DO
NPHIs focus on the major public health problems affecting the country. They use scientific evidence as the basis for policy implementation and resource allocation and are accountable to national governments and the public. Their key functions—including disease surveillance, detection, and monitoring; outbreak investigation and control; health information analysis for policy development; research; training; health promotion and health education; and laboratory science—are particularly critical in low-resource nations.
WHAT IANPHI DOES
IANPHI is the only organization that strengthens national public health institutes using an evidence-based international framework for development. Its unique peer-to-peer model, supported by targeted investments, leads to long-term national self-sufficiency. Since 2006 our investments have measurably improved capacity in 45 countries.
WHY IANPHI MATTERS
IANPHI’s unique focus on national public health institutes has led to measureable improvements in capacity including outbreak surveillance and response for Ebola, Zika, and other urgent threats that require swift, comprehensive public health cooperation across borders. IANPHI members also exchange best practices and technical capacity for major threats to public health such as tobacco use and injury, and risk factors for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. The partnership between our members and our holistic approach to developing comprehensive institutes rather than investing in vertical disease programs – makes us unique.
The CHAMPS network collects and shares data, collaborating with local, national and global stakeholders, including NPHIs and ministries of health to engage and strengthen capacity for high quality high efficiency data collection and policy making that targets child mortality.Learn more about CHAMPS
IANPHI celebrates a decade of creating, connecting, and transforming. Read more about our progress.10 Year Report