Donna Barry was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Girls’ Health and Education.
Donna Barry, NP MPH, is currently the Advocacy and Policy Director at Partners In Health (PIH) where she began working in 2001. Previously she led the PIH project to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in Russia and was Co-Director of PIH’s women’s health programs in Haiti. She is guiding PIH’s advocacy and policy efforts related to health and hunger, socio-economic development in Haiti, increasing the pool of funding for global health and health system strengthening. She has participated in briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill regarding reproductive health, debt relief in Haiti, childhood malnutrition, tuberculosis, and funding for global health. A Nurse Practitioner with certification in women’s health, Donna also supports PIH’s nursing activities and provides clinical and program advice to PIH’s women’s health programs.
She earned degrees in Political Science and Russian at Saint Louis University, and then went on to Columbia University in New York, where she earned Masters’ Degrees in International Affairs and Public Health. She completed her RN and Masters of Science in Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Donna is very active in local and national Democratic Party organizing and is a long-time member of the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. She currently represents this section on APHA’s Advisory Board.