A highly-engaged and committed network of healthcare professionals from the pharma, bio-tech and medical device industries partnering with experienced NGOs to change the lives of thousands of patients living in extreme poverty.

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Our History

Healthcare Partners began in 2012 as a group of passionate and empowered employees from healthcare companies in the Chicago area working with a local NGO, Children’s Place International, to address the healthcare needs of children and families living in extreme poverty in Chicago. Today, Healthcare Partners creates partnerships between leading healthcare companies and its extensive network of NGOs to develop and implement access to health projects in underserved communities around the world including Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Our values are at the core of what we do.

We strive to ensure that all Healthcare Partners collaborations meet three key criteria:

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    Shared values, goals and objectives exist between healthcare companies and partnering NGOs.

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    Projects will measurably improve access to health and health outcomes in the target communities.

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    Projects will provide healthcare employees with direct and meaningful patient-centric experiences and leadership development.

Who We Are

John Sweeney

Founder and Director

John has over 20 years of international management experience across Africa, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. His desire to help improve the lives of individuals living in impoverished communities began in Okondja, Gabon where John served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Since then, he’s worked in various international roles for companies and organizations like Baxter Healthcare’s International Group, Chemonics International and AID Village Clinics. In 2007, John co-founded Children’s Place International and led the design and implementation of programming in Haiti, Guyana, Botswana, Mozambique and Zambia. John holds an MBA from Northwestern University and speaks French fluently.

John has over 20 years of international management experience across Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.

Micol Werner

Assistant Director

Micol has over 12 years of international management experience including living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Europe. She joined Children’s Place International in 2017, where she manages partnerships in support of children and families in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.  Prior to joining, she worked for TechnoServe, a non-profit providing business solutions to poverty in Mozambique and Madagascar. She also worked for six years with Abbott and subsequently AbbVie in sales and marketing and as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.  Micol holds a Masters in Biochemical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University. She speaks French, Portuguese and Spanish fluently.

Micol has over 12 years of international management experience including living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Europe. 

Jennifer Torres

Program Manager

Jennifer has over 20 years of international experience including living and working in Ghana, Niger, and Guyana. Jennifer is currently managing a diversity of partnerships to support children and families in Haiti and previously managed partnerships in Guyana. Prior to joining Children’s Place International, she worked directly for the Minister of Health in Guyana, developing and implementing health interventions. Jennifer served in the Peace Corps in Niger and Ghana and holds an MPH in international health and development from Tulane University. Jennifer speaks Haitian Kreyol and French.

Jennifer has over 20 years of international experience including living and working across Africa, the Caribbean, and South America.

“Healthcare Partners for Access allows healthcare companies and members a chance to make a difference in the lives of others, which is largely the reason we work in healthcare.”

Pere Berkowitz, Senior Director, Fresenius Kabi

Advisors and Partners

Dr. Chris Reddick
Vice President, R&D Access to Medicines, Takeda 

Cathy Krieger
President and CEO, The Children’s Place Association

Dr. Gary Harper
Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health

John Capati
Regional Director for Southern Africa, American International Health Alliance

Kgomotso Nana Sejoe
Executive Director, Marang Childcare Network Trust, Botswana

Tim Koenig
Vice President, Annexus Health

Dr. Wesler Lambert
Director of Research, Education, and Strategic Information, Partners in Health Haiti

Dr. James McAuley
Clinical Director, Whiteriver Indian Hospital 

Rick Moser
Corporate Vice-president, Abbott Laboratories

Tina Eddy
Vice President, Fresenius Kabi

Pere Berkowitz
Senior Director, Fresenius Kabi

Brad Dunlap
Vice President, Managing Director, Healthcare, dunn&co.

How Healthcare Partners Works

Read More About How We Operate

Contact Us

Interested in working with us or learning more? We’d love to hear from you.

Contact Healthcare Partners for Access’ Assistant Director, Micol Werner, by email at mwerner@hcpfa.org