May 15th

Dr. Priya Balasubramaniam Senior Public Health Scientist & Director, PHFI-RNE Universal Health Coverage Initiative, Public Health Foundation of India, India

Dr. Priya Balasubramaniam is a seasoned public health professional with over 20 years of experience in large scale implementation research, education and program planning in academic, non-profit and government settings. Her interests and expertise are in, universal health coverage, public policy, urban health and healthcare technologies and innovation directed at strengthening health systems in low and middle-income countries.

In her current position as Senior Public Health Scientist at the Public Health Foundation of India, she directs the Universal Health Coverage Initiative (www.uhcindia.org), one of India’s seminal health policy exercises on health system reform that was part of the country’s 12th Five Year Plan and National Health Policy. She is co-founder of the tripartite- Innovation for Universal Health Collaborative with PHFI, Amref Africa and IDS, Sussex that initiates south-south dialogues around leveraging the transformational potential of low-cost technological innovations and new models of healthcare in progressing UHC in Asia and Africa.

Dr. Balasubramaniam’s other focus areas include developing a research agenda for Urban Health in India and projects around health services delivery and systems strengthening with affordable technologies involving mentorship and seed-funding of early stage health innovations in Asia and Africa. The Biodiaspora Partnership that tracks and models infectious and vector borne disease through human movement patterns. She is a frequent advisor on health systems and policy to numerous multi-bi lateral organisations including WHO, IDRC Canada, the European Commission, the World Bank, the Wellcome Trust, USAID, DfID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Balasubramaniam serves on a taskforce on Primary Healthcare constituted Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and is member of the Technical Review Group on Urban Health Planning organized by the Ministry of Urban Development. She holds visiting faculty positions at the National University of Singapore and the Keenan Research Centre, in Toronto, Canada and is a Fellow at the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy, at the Questrom School of Business, Boston University. She has authored several reports, policy briefs as well as peer-reviewed publications over her career as both a clinician and researcher.