Every woman and girl is unique, with inherent dignity and value at every stage of her life. Nothing can add or subtract from her significance.
WHO WE ARE
The Institute for Women's Health was founded to advocate for the optimal health and thriving of women throughout every phase of life. We saw how the health of women is caught in divisive policy debates during foreign policy negotiations. We heard the stories of how certain nations often apply pressure to other countries, using a form of diplomatic blackmail that threatens real health gains for women around the world. We knew this was wrong. We had to act. And thus the Institute for Women's Health was born, the only organization of its kind. Because women deserve better. We will settle for nothing less.
What We Believe
Healthy women are the foundation for healthy families, and healthy families are essential to the health of our communities and societies. Together, we can ensure a lasting and positive global health legacy for women, our children, our families, and our nations.
What Drives Our Work
The Institute for Women's Health exists to promote the highest attainable health and wellbeing for women throughout every stage of their lives, and works to tackle the most pressing women's health issues through honest discourse, targeted action, and empowered alliances.
Real progress is accomplished when we:
Affirm the unique design and dignity of every woman.
Make women’s health the center of the conversation.
The dignity of every woman and girl demands a concerted effort to move the women’s health discussion toward neutral ground and away from controversial issues that can prevent real progress. It’s wrong to use women and their health to promote other agendas that don’t result in tangible health advances.
Clear the path.
This means identifying opportunities, challenges, and health solutions for more women in every corner of the world, and removing any obstacles standing in the way.
Stand stronger together.
We will work with any nation and any organization that wants to improve the health and quality of life for women. We strive to understand the most pressing needs for women in every location. We believe solutions can be crafted to accelerate improved outcomes for women while being sensitive to the cultural underpinnings of the country.
The Institute for Women's Health has exceptional policy knowledge, international government experience, and a passionate desire for a united effort in expanding the health of women in every corner of the globe.
Huber has also been involved in domestic women’s and adolescent health issues at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, Senior Policy Advisor, and Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary of Health. Huber cares deeply about women's optimal health and thriving and advocating for every life.
She began her career working for the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, and worked at U.S. embassies in Sierra Leone, Egypt, The Bahamas, and India, including short assignments to Morocco and Ivory Coast. Returning to the U.S. in 2004, Anita took time out to raise her children during which time she founded a non-profit dedicated to cross-cultural connections, supporting impoverished schools and lifting rural women out of poverty through microfinance in Africa.
A native of Uganda, Anita is a graduate of University College of Wales, U.K. and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She has trained at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in immigration law. She is a recipient of Embassy Cairo’s Superior Honor Award in recognition of her work heading the embassy’s VIP office in addition to three Meritorious Honor Awards. She speaks several languages.
She led community health education efforts in Romania and Guatemala.
From 2018 through 2021, Lori led the team which developed “K-12 Standards for Optimal Sexual Development” (www.newsexedstandards.org), an international resource for guiding policy and curriculum for optimal sexual health. Lori’s professional priority is to advance physical, mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual health.
Leanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Previously (2002-2006) she served under President George W. Bush in Health and Human Services leading the Office of Population Affairs which included adolescent health, teen pregnancy, abstinence education, and family planning. She has been instrumental in developing evidence-based guidance and research related to adolescent health risks, parenting, and training of medical and education professionals.
Her career has included private pediatrics, indigent health services, academic medicine (University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and Texas A&M University), healthcare administration, adolescent health, and national and international public health policy. She began her professional career as a 7th grade Life Science teacher before entering medicine and has remained active in education as well as medicine.