This August, Net Impact Boston presents a panel on Health Social Entrepreneurship featuring experts from healthcare organizations in the Greater Boston area. These organizations are playing an important role in moving the healthcare industry forward by connecting low-income patients with key resources such as food, housing, medications, education and services.
Boston Executive Director, Health Leads
After graduating from Miami University (OH) with a B.A. in Zoology and a Neuroscience minor, Mark worked in the clinical laboratory setting in Minnesota performing enzyme immunoassays for detection HIV type-1 antibodies. He developed an interest in the effect of disease more than the underlying genetics of the disease, leading him to pursue broader public health issues and their effect on underserved populations as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in Burkina Faso. His projects included HIV/AIDS and malaria trainings and outreach activities, nutrition, hygiene, and sexual education sessions with students, vaccination campaigns and pre-natal consultations at the local clinic, an income generating chicken project with women’s group, organic sesame project with agriculture group, coordination of national girls empowerment and education camps, and coordination of national HIV/AIDS educational outreach program called Bike-a-thon. Prior to becoming Boston Executive Director, Mark served for five years as the Executive Director of Health Leads’ Baltimore site, which he founded in 2006. Under his leadership, Health Leads Baltimore grew to become the organization’s largest site, partnering with Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University of Maryland, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to mobilize more than 230 volunteers in serving 1300 families annually.
Amy Hosford-Swan, CPA, MS, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, has held progressively responsible finance and administration positions in a wide variety of environments, from fast growing not-for-profits to small and large company corporate environments, including the global accounting firm, KPMG Peat Marwick. She joined IHI in 2007 from her most recent role as a senior consultant at Accounting Management Solutions. Prior to that, Ms. Hosford-Swan was Vice President of Finance and Administration of Jumpstart For Young Children, Inc., where she helped lead the organization’s growth from four to 44 sites. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and received her master’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Director of Executive Affairs, Partners in Health
Benjamin Link is currently serves under Executive Director Ophelia Dahl at Partners In Health. In this role he oversees the management of the Executive Director’s high-level relationships and works with PIH executives on the development of messages critical to internal and external communication. Ben initially joined PIH in March 2010, overseeing travel and transportation operations before transitioning to his current role. Ben has research experience in international health and has worked on projects related to infectious disease control and maternal and child health in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Before joining PIH, Ben co-founded Ethos AgroEnergy, an alternative energy startup that focused on developing sugarcane-based ethanol production projects in Northern Latin America and the Caribbean. He co-founded the Health Justice Collaborative to combat social injustice and improve community health outcomes in the southwestern Dominican Republic. Ben earned his MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his MSW from the University of Maryland. He holds a BA in Political Science from Connecticut College.
Moderator: Carol Baroudi