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About Us

The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) and our global network of partners use the power of advocacy to save lives and create healthier futures.
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Our vision is a healthier and more equitable future for all.

We partner with local civil society, governments and other stakeholders to drive public health progress through policy change. Tackling the world’s most pressing public health challenges requires strategic advocacy to pass evidence-based policies and to increase and sustain funding. That’s why we have spent the last 10 years working alongside civil society organizations to achieve health policy victories covering more than 3 billion people in 36 countries around the world.

Across a range of health issues, GHAI supports the capacity of our local partners - to lead and sustain powerful advocacy movements. We provide our partners with direct, systematic, ongoing technical assistance, building their advocacy capabilities. And we continuously evaluate the efficacy of our approach, developing best practices that can be shared with partners, within and across issues and countries.

Our team is focused on advocacy for long-lasting, life-saving health policy changes. Why? Because a change in policy at the country and local level has population-wide effects on health, is cost-effective and can drive long-lasting changes to social norms. 

Our Mission

We passionately champion and advocate for evidence-based policies that protect children, improve health, and save the most lives.

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Our Expertise

Our proven advocacy approach supports the creativity and determination of locally led movements to affect policy change.

  • Strategic Advocacy
  • Communications and Media Advocacy
  • Capacity Strengthening
  • Legal and Litigation Strategy
  • Policy Research
  • Grantmaking
  • Countering Opposition
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Our Work

Our work focuses on a wide range of public health issues, including food and nutrition, health systems strengthening and injury prevention, and we partner with local organizations, advocates and government to create and sustain change.
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Our History

Our history is rooted in one of the most successful global public health campaigns — the fight against tobacco use.

In 1996, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids was created to take on the tobacco industry and advocate for proven policies to reduce tobacco use. The goal? Protect children and save lives from the #1 cause of preventable death. Since then, Tobacco-Free Kids has worked with partners to help prevent millions of premature deaths from tobacco in the United States and around the world. 

Through strategic advocacy, Tobacco-Free Kids built a model for strengthening campaigns to address other critical public health challenges across the globe. To leverage that proven model on a global scale, Tobacco-Free Kids launched the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) in 2014. 

GHAI builds upon the decades of experience working with civil society organizations across public health issues and political systems to change policies and save lives.

We’ve stood up against powerful industries and overwhelming political opposition. And despite the odds, we’ve won. Better still, we’re just getting started.

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Our Values

Our values are drawn from this history, our commitment to public health and our unwavering belief in the power of policy change.

We advance policies that save lives, reduce illness and injuries, and promote healthy communities. Our advocacy is based on decades of experience, drawing on science, data and innovative approaches to achieve the greatest possible health impact for all.

We are fearless in our commitment to improving the health of all people, taking on the toughest fights and persisting in the face of powerful foes and forces. We will not work with industries that are in conflict with our goals and values.

We seek equitable, inclusive and diverse representation throughout our organization and in the work that we do. In partnership with others, we support and build sustainable movements, address health disparities and cultivate a world where health is recognized as a fundamental human right.

We are committed to honesty, transparency, fairness and decency in the way we work. We hold ourselves responsible for ensuring our values are reflected within our organization, our work and in how we collaborate with others.

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