New Thinking in Health Systems Strengthening


September 10, 2019

FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Join FHI 360 for a conversation on new thinking and evidence from the science of health systems strengthening (HSS). This half-day event will bring together the development community to discuss the functional approach to HSS, specifically implications of blended financing and building continuous quality improvement.


Through collaboration with local partners and stakeholders, FHI 360 strengthens health systems functions that are essential to the improvement of global health. Our work enhances the performance of multifaceted health systems and the delivery of quality public and private health services, with a focus on building a country’s capacity and creating sustainable systems. FHI 360’s approach includes measuring the performance of the health system, identifying root causes of performance issues and co-creating solutions with partners.


Tuesday September 10


Registration and light breakfast

Welcome remarks

Deborah Kennedy-Iraheta, Chief Operating Officer, FHI 360


Functional Approach to Health Systems Strengthening
Bruno Bouchet, Director of Health Systems Strengthening, FHI 360

Session 1

Health System Implications of Blended Financing

Moderator: Heather Chauny, Foundation Relations and Strategy Advisor, FHI Foundation


The Current and Future State of Blended Financing

Omer Imtiazuddin, Senior Innovative Financing Advisor, Center for Innovation and Impact, USAID


Lessons and Insights from Implementation Experiences: How to Design for Health Systems and Critical Health System Capabilities

Eric Guichard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Homestrings

Zeynep Kantur Ozenci, Principal Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation

Ambassador (ret.) John Simon, Founding Partner, Total Impact Capital

Meaghan Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Banyan Global


10:45am Coffee/tea break
Session 2

Building Continuous Improvement and Learning into the Health Systems

Moderator: Bruno Bouchet, Director of Health Systems Strengthening, FHI 360


Quality Health Systems

Margaret Kruk, Associate Professor, Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


How to Institutionalize Continuous Improvement within a Health System

Pierre Barker, Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)


Perspectives from USAID’s Office of Health Systems

Kelly Saldana, Director of the Office of Health Systems, USAID

Closing remarks

Annette N. Brown, Principal Economist, FHI 360

Event contact

This is an in-person event and will not be webcast. If you cannot attend but would like information after the event, please contact:
Nishat Mhamud
Program Officer, Global Health, Population and Nutrition, FHI 360
Top photo: Rose Maniraguha and her baby Kelia wait to see a doctor at Manyange health center in Nyamata, Rwanda.
© 2017 Riccardo Gangale/USAID, Courtesy of Photoshare