Who we are

The IWG is a community of action. It convenes emerging changemakers and catalyzes efforts towards local and global health systems strengthening.

The group was initially conceptualized by students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Health Systems Division, but has since evolved into an independent global collective of emerging public health professionals across the world. These innovators and strategic thinkers have built this organization up with unparalleled dedication and passion to the shared goal they all hold close to heart. Through global and regional collaborations, the IWG works to rally the next generation of public health thinkers toward strengthening health systems at different levels of action.

Who do we understand to be a ‘changemaker’? Simply put, the IWG understands a changemaker to be someone taking creative action to solve health systems challenges. We envision the IWG to be an inclusive space not just for individuals with formal training in public health, but for anyone who self identifies as an emerging voice interested in strengthening health systems and is committed to impact. As such, we move away from traditional notions of who can partake in public health efforts, and we invite all who share our vision of a world where emerging voices are included and feel empowered to re-imagine health systems that work for all.

Our group consists of six regional hubs — African Region (AFR), Region of Americas (AMR), Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), European Region (EUR), South East Asia Region (SEAR), and Western Pacific Region (WPR). These six regional teams are connected by a global governance hub which includes the IWG Board and the Executive Committee. Further, we have various thematic and organisational working groups that run within and across regions relevant to global and local health systems strengthening.

For more information about the IWG, explore the IWG Information Guide presented below.