Bridging Health & Community
Improving Health Through Community Agency

About Us

Who We Are

We're committed to overcoming the disconnect between the health sector and communities. And we’re passionate about the power of communities to shape the future of their own health. 

We met through the Creating Health Collaborative, an international group of innovators exploring health from the perspective of communities. By sharing our work through the Collaborative, we discovered a shared passion for the critical link between a community's agency and its health. 

Based in Seattle, WA, with an office in London, UK, our aim is to grow the field of practice dedicated to fostering community agency to improve health. We are building an agnostic and intellectually rigorous space in which innovators seeking to foster the agency of communities can share their work, learn from one another, and embolden others.

We share the fruits of our work – our symposium, the Creating Health Collaborative, and consulting – with a view to further describing, strengthening and growing the field of practice. 

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Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Pritpal S Tamber

Before co-founding Bridging Health & Community, Pritpal was the Founder of the Creating Health Collaborative. Prior to that he was the Physician Editor of TEDMED, Medical Director of Map of Medicine, and Editorial Director for Medicine at BioMed Central, the company that pioneered open access publishing. He received an MBChB from the University of Birmingham. EmailUS Speaking Agent. Europe Speaking AgentPersonal blog.LinkedIn.

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Co-Founder & Chief Delivery Officer

Bridget B Kelly

Before co-founding Bridging Health & Community, Bridget led a portfolio of policy analysis at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine integrating multidisciplinary perspectives in areas such as early childhood, HIV, chronic diseases, and evaluation science. She is also an experienced dancer, choreographer, and arts administrator. She received an MD and a PhD from Duke University, and a BA from Williams College. Email. LinkedIn. Interview.

Chief Learning Officer

Margaret Hawthorne

Margaret is the former Director of Strategy for the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, where she currently serves as strategic advisor. She has spent over 15 years in strategy and program management; innovation; system, process and team design; and evaluation across a variety of health related sectors. Her activities within BH&C include co-authoring the tool to apply the 12 principles to fostering community agency. She received an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Southwestern University. EmailLinkedIn. Interview.

Consulting Partner

Lori Peterson 

Lori is the CEO of Collaborative Consulting, which has spent the last 7 years helping health and social care translate new models of care and reimbursement into opportunities for growth. Lori's 25 years of experience in health, her background in psychology and organizational development, and her deep understanding of the dynamics of change, enable her to lead clients through sustainable transformation. She received a Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University in Physiology and a Master of Arts from Sonoma State in Psychology. Bio. Interview.

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S. Leonard Syme

Len is Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of California in Berkeley. His major research has been on social support, and social inequalities in health. He is Director of the Research for Action Center that is attempting to improve health by empowering individuals and their communities. He received a PhD from Yale University in Medical Sociology, and a Masters of Arts from UCLA in Anthropology and Sociology. Bio

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Team Assistant

Anna Burton 

Anna has over twenty years of experience working primarily as a personal assistant and also in human resources, recruitment and office management roles. She has worked across a range of organisations and industries. Anna has a Diploma in Business Studies and Finance from the University of Westminster. EmailWebsite.

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Board Member

Jeff Cohen

Jeff is a managing director based in FSG’s Seattle office and leads FSG’s Education and Youth practice. He focuses on advising private and community foundations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and corporations on strategy, program design, and evaluation. Jeff received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, an MA in Classics from Yale University, and a BA, magna cum laude, in Classics from Harvard University. LinkedIn

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Board Member

Lauren A Taylor

Lauren is a co-author of The American Health Care Paradox and a doctoral student at Harvard Business School. Lauren's research uses organizational theory to better understand potential benefits and drawbacks of integrating health and social services. From 2012-2015 she worked as a chaplain and studied ethics as a Presidential Scholar at Harvard Divinity School from which she received an MDiv. She has an MPH from Yale School of Public Health. LinkedIn

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Board Member

Leigh Carroll 

Leigh is a Masters in City Planning student at MIT, where she also works on the evaluation of the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund. The evaluation is a study on neighborhood change and health and is being designed with residents across Eastern Massachusetts. Previously she worked at the Institute of Medicine, and before that she taught high school in Tanzania through the Peace Corps. She received a BS in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. LinkedIn

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Chair of the Board

Mark Wieland

Mark is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Having trained in medicine and public health, His clinical and research interests lie in health promotion through community participation in research aimed at reducing health inequities. He received an MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and an MPH from University of Illinois School of Public Health. Institution Bio.  

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Board Member

Ollie Smith

Ollie is Strategy Director for Health within Telefonica’s disruptive innovation company, Alpha. He has extensive experience in strategy and innovation across sectors, including as a Senior Civil Servant in the UK Department of Health and Policy Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. He received an BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Oxford. LinkedIn

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Board Member

Scott Liebman 

Scott is Co-Chair of Loeb & Loeb’s Life Sciences Department and Head of the FDA Regulatory and Compliance Practice. He is a leading expert in navigating complex legal and business issues faced by life sciences companies. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. LinkedIn

Art Director

Richard De Angelis 

Richard is an Art Director, Designer, and Communicator who has spent over two decades practicing and deepening his knowledge in the art of communication. He is founder and Creative Director of The Online Creative Agency and has extensive experience in developing brands and communications with a diverse portfolio across sectors. LinkedIn

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We thank the following organizations that have shown vision and leadership by supporting our development since 2013.


We also thank the following individuals who, alongside the members of the Board and the Collaborative, have been instrumental in our journey so far: Charlotte Grinberg; James Kelly; Kam Banwait; Mark Dessauer; Mary Ellen Kelly; Michelle Lung; Peter Algate.

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