Donna Barry is currently the advocacy and policy director at Partners In Health (PIH) as well as a clinician who provides support to all PIH’s reproductive health programs. Previously she led the Partners In Health project to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Russia and worked on the 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 the health care worker shortage. She has participated in briefings and hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives on Haiti debt relief, MDR-TB and reproductive health. Ms. Barry also coordinates PIH’s nursing activities and programs.
Ms. Barry is a nurse practitioner with certifications in women’s and adult health. 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. Ms. Barry is very active in local and national Democratic Party organizing and is a long-time member of the American Public Health Association’s international sealth section. She currently represents this section on APHA’s Advisory Board.